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Ancient Studies Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 2.0 - For teaching in 2022.
Accredited in May 2016 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2018.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | assessment-design-criteria

Assessment design criteria

The assessment design criteria are based on the learning requirements and are used by:

  • teachers to clarify for students what they need to learn
  • teachers and assessors to design opportunities for students to provide evidence of their learning at the highest possible level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students should demonstrate in their learning
  • teachers and assessors look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements.

For this subject, the assessment design criteria are:

  • knowledge and understanding
  • research and analysis
  • application.

The specific features of these criteria are described below.

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject. 

Knowledge and Understanding 

The specific features are as follows:

KU1 Knowledge and understanding of texts, artefacts, ideas, events, and/or people.
KU2 Recognition of, and reflection on, political, social, cultural, and/or economic diversity within the ancient world.
KU3 Knowledge and understanding of literary, historical and/or archaeological concepts.

Research and Analysis 

The specific features are as follows:

RA1 Research into and analysis of primary and secondary sources and perspectives.
RA2 Research into and understanding of ideas or innovations that emerged from the ancient world, and consideration of their influence. 


The specific features are as follows:

A1 Synthesis of evidence and appropriate acknowledgment of sources.
A2 Communication of ideas and arguments, using subject-specific language. 
A3 Evaluation of the nature of sources and evidence.