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Welcome to the
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History Wikispace

University Approved Standards as at Feb 2016 : http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/approved-subjects/
Standards and their vocational pathways can be downloaded at: __http://youthguarantee.net.nz/vocational-pathways/refined-levels-1-and-2/__
L1 Literacy and numeracy standards: __http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/qualifications/ncea/subjects/literacy-and-numeracy/level-1-requirements/lit-num-subjects/__
UE Literacy standards:http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/literacy-requirements/

What History can do for YOU

Transferable skills

What skills will History give me?
This course is designed to develop a number of important skills. Among these are:
  • acquiring a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding, including a sense of development over time, and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own;
  • evaluating critically the significance and utility of a large body of material, including evidence from contemporary sources and the opinions of more recent historians;
  • engaging directly with questions and presenting independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence;
  • gaining the confidence to undertake self-directed learning, making the most effective use of time and resources, and increasingly defining one's own questions and goals.
These are valuable skills in themselves. They are also highly sought after by employers. Well-qualified History graduates have no difficulty in getting good jobs in a very wide range of occupations - in business and finance, in public administration, in journalism and broadcasting, in teaching at a number of levels, or in research-based careers of various kinds. History is not as obviously vocational as some courses, but it combines an excellent training in vital skills with a high degree of interest and enjoyment.

The key concepts or big ideas in history

Authentic understanding in history comes from developing a grasp of the key concepts and underlying key historical events, themes, and issues.


Historians weigh the importance, durability, and relevance of events, themes, and issues in the past and the appropriateness of using the past to provide contemporary lessons; historians debate what is historically significant and how and why the decisions about what is significant change.

Continuity and change

History examines change over time and continuity in times of change. Historians use chronology to place these developments in context. Historians debate what has changed, what has remained the same, and the impact of these changes.

Cause and effect

Historians investigate the reasons for and results of events in history; they debate the causes of past events, the effects, and how these events affect people's lives and communities. Historians study relationships between events to identify pervasive themes, ideas, and movements, such as terrorism, revolution, and migration.


There are multiple perspectives on the past (both at the time and subsequently). Interpretations of the past are contested – historians base their arguments on historical evidence and draw from a range of perspectives. DONE INFORMATION TRANSFERRED TO WIX