NCEA Level 2 EPIC – English with Humanities
Level 2
Number of Credits: Up to 24-30

EPIC – Empowered Personalised Inspired Challenge 

Course Outline:

A successful programme introduced in 2018 for Year 11 Level 1 NCEA is now developed through to Level 2 English with Humanities. This course provides students with the opportunity to access Level 2 NCEA in a more supported programme in a holistic approach where subjects are integrated.

This may follow on from EPIC Level 1 but there is open entry to this course. Providing contextualised learning with the focus on English and literacy skills, linked to areas of interest within the humanities, will provide learning that is relevant, engaging and suited to specific student interests.  Both group and personalised learning opportunities will be offered to best suit student needs.

NCEA Level 2 Achievement Standards (internal and external) and Level 2 Unit Standards as alternatives, will be designed to provide a learning programme for students within planned common themes. There will be a strong focus on literacy and a variety of different writing skills.  

Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare and maintain achievement across two subjects i.e. 8 lessons per week rather than 4 for English Literature.  

Skills developed in the course:

  • Effective communication, including presentation and interpretation across all learning areas
  • Application of concepts to everyday situations
  • Understanding other people’s points of view, beliefs, perspectives and cultures
  • Ability to work and learn collaboratively
  • Literacy skills
  • Formal, creative and analytical writing skills
  • Planning, research and review skills
  • Problem solving – processing information to form justified conclusions
  • Research skills – collecting, presenting, analysing and evaluating information

Course Costs: There will be a maximum cost of $200 for additional standards, depending on personalised needs.

The course leads to: NCEA Level 3 as per prior learning recommendations for English will be included in this course. Humanities courses at Level 3 have open entry but sound literacy skills from this course will be of value.


(Will be designed collaboratively based on student areas of interest)


AS 91099
Analyse specified aspect(s) of studied visual or oral text(s), supported by evidence
4 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 1, Week 1-5
AS 91107
Analyse aspects of visual and/or oral text(s) through close viewing and/or listening, supported by evidence
3 Credits
Assessment Period - Term, 1, Week 6-9
AS 91102
Construct and deliver a crafted and controlled oral text
3 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 1, Week 10
AS 91101
Produce a selection of crafted and controlled writing
6 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 4, Week 1-2

Social Science 

AS 91229
Carry out an inquiry of an historical event or place that is of significance to New Zealanders
4 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 1-6
AS 91230
Examine an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders
4 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 7-10
AS 91252
Produce a design and plan for a developed media product using a range of conventions
3 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 3, Week 1-4
AS 91253
Complete a developed media product from a design and plan using a range of conventions
6 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 3, Week 6-9
Level 2 EPIC – English with Humanities