Planning, programming and assessing history extension

Resources to help you plan, program and assess history extension in Years 7-10.

The HSC history extension course caters for interested and capable students of ancient and/or modern history. Extension students:

  • explore 'what is history' focusing on historiographical issues through readings and a case study
  • complete a major project in the form of an historical inquiry of an area of changing historical interpretation.

History Extension Stage 6 Syllabus (2017) contains the syllabus and support materials including the source book of readings, a support document, sample assessment schedule, information about the HSC, exam specifications and assessment requirements as well as standards packages, past papers and frequently asked questions.

Support materials

The following support materials were developed by NSW public school teachers as part of the Stage 6 mEsh project where 62 teachers led writing teams (over 150 teachers) across NSW.

These materials can be adapted by teachers to meet the individual needs of their schools.

HSC revision

Constructing history – key questions revision – History Extension (DOCX 80 KB) – support students in their studies as they prepare for the HSC exam. The included activities can be used as part of classroom learning or set for independent study. The resource is designed to be used in part or in full to fit the contextual needs of your teaching.

HSC hub

The HSC hub contains quality resources aligned to NSW syllabuses. Access resources designed by our curriculum experts to support the delivery of HSIE subjects in the lead-up to the HSC examinations.

30min presentation with tips for studying and completing the written examination.

HSC hub - History extension – success in the written examination


  • Ancient History
  • History Extension
  • Modern History

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