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Ancient Studies Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 3.0 - For teaching in 2023.
Accredited in May 2016 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2017.

Stage 1 | Subject outline | School assessment | Assessment Type 1: Skills and Applications

Assessment Type 1: Skills and Applications

Students produce two or three skills and applications tasks for a 10-credit subject and between four and six skills and applications tasks for a 20-credit subject.

Students should use a variety of forms to present evidence of their learning.

Students demonstrate their inquiry skills and research selected ideas, individuals, groups, institutions, social systems, events, and/or artefacts of the ancient world. They apply their skills and knowledge to convey understanding of the topics of study, and to recognise and reflect on the diversity of beliefs, attitudes, and values throughout the ancient world.

At least one task should enable students to research into and understand the ideas and innovations that emerged from the ancient world, and consider their influence.

Students may work individually or collaboratively, depending on the particular assessment negotiated. When working as part of a group, students identify and record their individual contribution.

An individual or group task could include, for example:

  • a narrative
  • an analytical report on a visit to an archaeological site
  • a critical review of historical fiction or a documentary film
  • a script for a radio program (spoken or written)
  • a multimedia presentation
  • a scripted role-play
  • an interview with a historical figure
  • a debate
  • an essay
  • a virtual or constructed archaeological dig
  • an analysis of a contemporary representation
  • a source analysis using a variety of primary and secondary sources, which could include literature, pottery, inscriptions, architecture, painting, sculpture, archeological sites, or documents.

A skills and applications task should be a maximum of 800 words if written or a maximum of 5 minutes for an oral presentation, or the equivalent in multimodal form.

For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning in relation to the following assessment design criteria:

  • knowledge and understanding
  • research and analysis
  • application.