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Modern History Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in August 2017 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2018.

Stage 1 | 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 the student what he or she needs to learn
  • design opportunities for the student to provide evidence of his or her learning at the highest level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students need to demonstrate in their evidence of learning
  • teachers look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements. 

For this subject, the assessment design criteria are:

  • understanding and exploration
  • application and evaluation
  • analysis.

The specific features of these criteria are described below.

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

Understanding and Exploration

The specific features are as follows:

UE1 Understanding and exploration of historical concepts.
UE2 Understanding and exploration of the role of ideas, people, and events in history.

Application and Evaluation 

The specific features are as follows:

AE1 Application of the skills of historical inquiry to examine and evaluate sources and interpretations.
AE2 Use of evidence to support arguments and draw conclusions. 
AE3 Communication of reasoned historical arguments, with acknowledgment of sources.


The specific features are as follows:

A1 Analysis of short-term and long-term impacts of developments and/or movements in the modern world.
A2 Analysis of ways in which societies in the modern world have been shaped by both internal and external forces and challenges.