NCEA L2 History

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Clark

Recommended Prior Learning

12 Credits from one of HIS100 or CLS100, GEO100, EBS100, ENG100

The head of faculty may use their discretion to enroll you in the course if you have not met the requirement above. Students are able to enroll in Level 2 History without having studied History previously.

History connects students with the wider world. Students engage with history at personal, local and international levels. They investigate the histories of their communities,

No doubt you have a great thirst for knowledge, are keen to expand your brain power, and crave intellectual debate of the highest calibre. Or you may just need to fill up your timetable.   Either way you should have a great year.

 As History teachers, we are passionate about our subject and what it can do for you. There are a number of reasons why taking History is a good idea. You will understand more about why our world is the way it is today.  After all, you cannot know who you are or know where we may be heading as a nation, if you do not know your past. History is made up of some incredibly interesting characters and stories.  For example, how the leg of a table saved Hitler’s life, or how taking a wrong turn led to World War One.

In 2021 the course will be co-constructed between the students and the teacher. The broad context is the conflicts of the past are of significance today. 

  • The first topic will be New Zealand in World War I. 
  • The other topics will be negotiated between the teacher and students. In the last few years we have studied:
    • The Holocaust, 
    • Communist China, 
    • New Zealand in the 1960s
    • The Vietnam War.

Figure 1: MBC students and teachers at Gallipoli 2014

Figure 2: MBC students at Parliament 2021

Course Overview

Term 1
New Zealand in the Great War
Potentially an optional field trip to Wellington.

Term 2
Complete assessments related to New Zealand in the Great War.
Begin Topic 2 - e.g. The Holocaust

Term 3
Complete assessments related to the Holocaust
Derived grade exams.
Begin Topic 3: In 2021 - New Zealand in the 1960s, including the Vietnam War.

Term 4
Final Preparation for the NZQA exams.

Learning Areas:

NCEA Level 2, Social Sciences - Tikanga ā Iwi


NCEA L3 Classical Studies, NCEA L3 History

If you take History because you like it, but do not think it will lead to a job, you may be pleasantly surprised. Many businesses and organisations target History graduates. Look at this list of destinations for some recent Otago University graduates:

Officer for UN and Commonwealth, Lawyers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Policy Advisor State Services Commission, Research assistant, Waitangi Tribunal Researchers, Industrial Relations Researcher, T.V. writer, director TVNZ, Librarian, Secondary teacher, Lecturer, Gallery Guide, Management trainees, Armed Forces officers, Journalists, Political researchers, Treasury.

Career Pathways

Film and Video Editor, Author, Journalist, Communications Professional, Technical Writer, Editor, Radio Presenter, Television Presenter, Barrister, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Counsellor, Trainer, Early Childhood Teacher, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Primary School Teacher, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Tertiary Lecturer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher Aide