NCEA L3 History

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Clark

History world-wide, is a subject that is going through something of a renaissance at the moment, as employers seek people who can think on their feet, show initiative, and are creative thinkers.  Many jobs require analytical and research skills.   Both are fundamental to the study of History.

Students taking this course will deepen their critical understanding of issues important to our nation and others.  They will increase their knowledge of human behaviour and their understanding of different lifestyles and viewpoints.  They will observe how individuals and forces can influence the course of events.  They will be able to start to see the big picture and understand why.  


1. New Zealand in the 19th Century

A crucial period in New Zealand’s history was the period when Maori and the outside world came into increasing contact 1820 – 1850. During this time the Treaty of Waitangi was signed and thousands of British settlers arrived. An understanding of this period is needed by many professions in New Zealand today. This period is extremely relevant to history students in Marlborough as a great deal of early contact happened here.

 From 1840 - 1900, relatively large numbers of migrants came to New Zealand. These immigrants shaped New Zealand in ways that are still of huge significance to our society today. Our laws, culture and landscape were all changed, as were the lives of the people who came here to create a new nation.

 You will have the opportunity to delve into this crucial stage in New Zealand’s history by choosing the aspect that interests you. You will conduct research and produce a report analysing an issue in New Zealand history.

2. US Civil War

The American Civil War was fought between the North and the South 1861-1865 and it is a deeply ingrained part of the culture of many Americans today. It is usually seen as being triggered by the election of Abraham Lincoln as President in 1860.  Lincoln wanted to end slavery and keep the Union together.

MBC students at  the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, 2017

MBC students at White's Bay Cable Station 2021

Course Overview

Term 1
Nineteenth-century New Zealand - an overview will be taught before students choose their own area of study.
Complete a research assessment on New Zealand in the nineteenth-century. You choose the area of research.

Term 2
Complete a report on New Zealand in the nineteenth-century. This could be from your research, the Wairau Affray or the Treaty of Waitangi.
Begin studying the US Civil War.

Term 3
The US Civil War
Derived Grade exams
Assessment on understanding perspectives relating to the US Civil War.

Term 4
NZQA determined content. In 2021 it is on gender and race in nineteenth-century colonial New Zealand.
NZQA Exams

Learning Areas:

NCEA Level 3, Social Sciences - Tikanga ā Iwi

Career Pathways

Film and Video Editor, Author, Journalist, Communications Professional, Technical Writer, Editor, Radio Presenter, Television Presenter, Legal Executive, Counsellor, Trainer, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Tertiary Lecturer, Youth Worker, Elected Government Representative, Historian, Barrister, Solicitor, Primary School Teacher, Purchasing/Supply Officer, Secondary School Teacher