Ancient History provides opportunities for
students to study people, societies and
civilisations of the past, from the
development of the earliest human
communities to the end of the Middle Ages.
Students explore the interaction of societies,
the impact of individuals and groups on
ancient events and ways of life, and study
the development of some features of
modern society, such as social organisation,
systems of law, governance and religion.
Students analyse and interpret
archaeological and written evidence. They
develop increasingly sophisticated skills and
understandings of historical issues and
problems by interrogating the surviving
evidence of ancient sites, societies,
individuals and significant historical periods.
They investigate the problematic nature of
evidence, pose increasingly complex
questions about the past and formulate
Students gain multi-disciplinary skills in
analysing textual and visual sources,
constructing arguments, challenging
assumptions, and thinking both creatively
QCAA will nominate one
topic that will be the basis
for an external
Schools devise assessments in Units 1 and 2 to suit their local context.
In Units 3 and 4, students complete four summative assessments. The results from
each of the assessments are added together to provide a subject score out of 100.
Students will also receive an overall subject result (A–E).