Central Hawkes Bay College Central Hawkes Bay College

L1 History (L1HIS)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Valentine.

Recommended Prior Learning

Interest in the world as it is today, as it was in the past and how it may become in the future based on a wider understanding of the impact of human interaction throughout history. A willingness to think and communicate that thinking. A sound standard in Junior Social Studies and an interest in learning about the world.

      Martin Luther King JNR and the Black Civil Rights Movement

      Adolf Hitler, the rise of Fascism and WW2

Theme for the year: Social Justice and Oppression

In our first unit we look at: Achieving Social Justice

In Achieving Social Justice we look at three different struggles:

  • Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand and the United Kingdom; 
  • Oppression of African Americans; 
  • Status of Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Springbok Tour

In our second theme of Oppression, including the fight against it, we look at:

  • Hitler’s rise to power - causes and consequences

An exciting course which provides insight into how things were, how things are and how things may be in the future. If you like learning something new each lesson, enjoy researching and discussion then this is the course for you. History makes sense!

Still not sure? Watch this for some reassurance about why History might be a good choice!


Course Overview

Term 1
In Term One, we start with an Introduction to History.
- What is History? How is it constructed?
- Kia whakatō muri te haere whakamua (‘I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past’).

We then start work on our first theme of Achieving Social Justice.
We first look at the struggle for Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand and the United Kingdom; then move on to the Oppression of African Americans, including the struggle to end segregation and gain integration in 1950s and 1960s America, as well as the Birmingham Campaign and the March on Washington.

During this Term, students also begin their research of a significant event, that occurred during the twentieth century, of their choice and present their findings which leads to the achievement of eight internal credits if successful.
Students may also choose to use their learning in this topic for the end of year external examinations.

Term 2
In Term Two, we continue our study of Achieving Social Justice, moving on to look at the Status of Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand, and comparing this to the struggle faced by African Americans in the U.S.

We then move on to look at the theme of oppression. Through this we look at the rise of Hitler, and the consequences of this.
This leads us on to study the impact of WW2 on New Zealanders in Term 3.

Students will complete a third internal, studying two different perspectives of a significant event, leading to 4 credits.
Students may choose to use this topic for the end of year external exams

Term 3
In Term Three, we continue our study of oppression, looking at the impact on WW2 on New Zealanders.

We also start our planning for externals.

Students may also choose to use this topic for the end of year external exams.

Term 4
This Term is mostly about revision, planning and prepartion for external exam success. We look at skills and techniques for successful studying and revision and we continue to learn about the critical thinking, Historical skills necessary for the Resources external exam and life! Students will make final decisions about the upcoming External Exams before they go on study leave.

Learning Areas:


Assessment Information

There is a maximum of 24 credits available in this course. 12 credits come from the three Internal assessments and upto 12 can be achieved in the end of year External assessments. Usually, students aim for 8 credits in the externals as this enables achievement at a higher level by allowing more time for two papers rather than rushing through three!
Throughout the year, we focus on the skills needed for success in History and students find that these are also very useful in all areas of study and life!


L2 Classics (L2CLA), L2 History (L2HIS)

History can take you in a wide variety of directions. It can lead into Research, Law, Journalism, Web content writing, Librarian work, Customer Service, a range of Parlaimentary Careers and ofcourse Teaching at various levels. These are just some of the possible career pathways that History can lead to.

Career Pathways

Holiday Park Manager, Sales Representative, Actor, Acupuncturist, Finance Manager, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Pathologist, Zoologist, Retail Manager, Aquaculture Farmer, Zookeeper, Police Officer, Historian, Artist, Barrister, Bank Worker, Hotel/Motel Manager, Farmer/Farm Manager, Property Manager, Building and Construction Manager, Entertainer, Buyer, Cafe/Restaurant Manager, Motor Vehicle Salesperson, Clinical Physiologist, Physician, Urban/Regional Planner, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Podiatrist, Mine/Quarry Manager, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Diver, Information Technology Manager, Event Manager, Technical Writer, Dairy Farmer, Storeperson, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Judge, Crop Farmer/Manager, Systems Administrator, Maitre d’Hotel, Workplace Relations Adviser, Forensic Scientist, General Practitioner, Gynaecologist/Obstetrician, Psychiatrist, Personal Assistant, Records Adviser, Energy/Carbon Auditor, Media Producer, Financial Adviser, Fishery Officer, Forest Manager, Forestry Scientist, Landscape Architect, Gardener, Groundsperson, Health Services Manager, Primary School Teacher, Librarian, Market Research Analyst, Mortgage Broker, Office Manager, Photographer, Purchasing/Supply Officer, Production Manager, Recreation Co-ordinator, Project Manager, Roadmarker, Saw Doctor, Television Presenter, Case Manager

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A 2B5 book, a 3B1 book and textbooks which will be issued each term from the college library. A portable device will be useful but not essential.


The Standards offered are correct at time of writing

Course content may change by the start of the year