Qualifications and standards

Review of History unit standards

Proposed expiry of History unit standard 5840

Recent developments

In July 2019 History standard 5840 was designated expiring without replacement. Initial evidence showed that its usage was dropping. Despite some support for keeping the standard, the outcomes and content covered by the standard can be covered using Level 3 History achievement standards instead, so it was decided to continue with the expiry.


In early 2019, NZQA reviewed unit standard 5840 in the History domain as part of a regular maintenance cycle. In 2012, when all other History unit standards were replaced with achievement standards, the standard was retained due to high usage in the tertiary sector. Usage of the standard has dropped significantly since then and the review found little evidence to support retaining the standard.

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Analyse the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori-Pākehā relations in nineteenth century New Zealand


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