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NSW Syllabuses

Ancient History Stage 6

Please note the implementation timeframe for the Ancient History Stage 6 Syllabus (2017).

See the Ancient History Stage 6 Syllabus (2009) to be taught for the 2018 HSC exam.

Here you will find all of the syllabus elements, assessment and reporting guides, support materials and advice on supporting students with special education needs.

A download of the syllabus is available.

The Ancient History Stage 6 Draft Syllabus Consultation Report (PDF, 482KB) and new Ancient History Stage 6 Syllabus were developed using the NESA consultative syllabus development process.

Read the Ancient History Stage 6 course description.

The examination specifications and materials can be found in the Assessment and Examination Materials section below.
Read the History Stage 6 Draft HSC Examination Specifications Consultation Report (PDF, 112KB)

Implementation

2018 – Start teaching Year 11 Ancient History.
In Term 4 start teaching Year 12 Ancient History.

2019 – First HSC for Stage 6 Ancient History.


Assessment and Examination Materials

Assessment and Reporting in Ancient History Stage 6
(including HSC Examination Specifications)
PDF (402KB, 13 pages)
Sample examination materials PDF (1.5MB, 72 pages)
Performance Band Descriptions  
Years 11–12 Assessment Advice  
Changes to Stage 6 Assessment from 2018  

Support Materials

The samples provided illustrate a range of approaches to developing scope and sequences that reflect course structures and meet syllabus requirements. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11 and Year 12
 
Sample A Docx (26KB, 2 pages)
Sample B Docx (25KB, 2 pages)
Sample C (including Life Skills) Docx (28KB, 2 pages)

The samples provided illustrate a range of approaches to developing units. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11
 
Ancient Australia Docx (52KB, 6 pages)
The Representation of the Ancient Past (Zenobia) – Palmyra and the Silk Road Docx (63KB, 8 pages)
The Investigation of Ancient Sites and Sources Docx (44KB, 5 pages)
Historical Authentication and Reliability Docx (46KB, 6 pages)
Year 12
 
Core Study: Cities of Vesuvius – Pompeii and Herculaneum Docx (59KB, 9 pages)
Imperial China – The Qin and Han 247–87 BC (including Life Skills) Docx (66KB, 7 pages)

Sample assessment schedules are provided to illustrate a range of approaches to planning a formal school-based assessment program. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own, being mindful that the mandatory school-based assessment requirements must be met.

Year 11
 
Sample A Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Sample C Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Sample D Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Year 12
 
Sample A Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Sample C Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Sample D Docx (22KB, 1 page)

Sample assessment tasks are provided to illustrate a range of approaches to developing a formal assessment task. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11
 
The Investigation of Ancient Sites and Sources Docx (30KB, 2 pages)
Cultural Heritage and the Role of Museums Docx (26KB, 3 pages)
The Representation of the Ancient Past (Zenobia) – Palmyra and the Silk Road Docx (28KB, 3 pages)
Historical Investigation Docx (27KB, 2 pages)
Guide to the new Ancient History Stage 6 syllabus PDF (176KB, 4 pages)
Parent guide to new Stage 6 courses PDF (213KB, 5 pages)