Year 13 History

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs R. Blyth

This course can be taken as a full year option (15-19 credits) OR as a Semester option (Semester 1: 10 credits, Semester 2: 9 credits). All Level 3 History Internal credits count towards UE Literacy Reading, External credits count towards UE literacy Reading and Writing.

Who is this subject intended for:
This is for students who are keen to know how the past has informed the present, to better understand why things are the way they are. Our heritage helps define who we are so it is important to look back as well as to look forward. It is also for people who wish to refine and strengthen their writing and research skills. This NCEA academic course will offer up to 31 credits.

What you will learn in this subject:
Transferable skills will continue to develop such as research; the ability to interpret and understand a wide range of resource material; how to communicate clearly and effectively using a range of written and oral presentation methods. Essay writing remains a key skill which will be honed at Level 3. You should also become more confident, questioning and articulate.
The theme of crime and punishment will be studied. Students will also have the opportunity to study a famous N.Z. crime of their own choosing, as well as explore the Gun Powder Plot as an act of treason.

Where this subject will lead:
You will gain credits towards your NCEA Level 3 certificate and towards meeting University Entrance requirements. Level 3 History supports a move to university courses in History and related Arts subjects such as Political Science, Philosophy and so on. History provides you with opportunities to develop a variety of skills that will contribute to your employability, whatever your chosen career, for example, in areas requiring the ability to work independently, to analyse and to write reports, such as the civil service, teaching, politics, journalism, law and many more.

Recommended Prior Learning

What you need to be able to do and know to achieve in this subject: Level 1 or Level 2 History should have been taken to do well in this course. It is possible to pick it up for the first time at Level 3 but it requires a high degree of literacy. Sound organisational skills, study skills and most importantly, self-management skills will be vital for success at this level. Attitude is very important - you need to be interested in learning and have a commitment to achieving at the highest level for you.