General Aims

  1. To develop an interest in the past.
  2. To appreciate how events in our own country are linked to and have been influenced by other countries and cultures.
  3. To develop a knowledge of chronology within which pupils can organize their understanding of the past.
  4. To understand that people of other times and places may have had different values and attitudes from ours.
  5. To develop the range of skills required interpreting primary and secondary source materials.
  6. To encourage an understanding of the processes of cause and consequence and continuity and change.
  7. To develop an informed appreciation of the perspectives and motives of people in the past and to offer explanations based on historical evidence.
  8. To develop a respect for evidence and to tolerate a wide range of opinions.
  9. To communicate clearly using a wide variety of media.

Curriculum information on Key Stage 3

Pupils will follow some of the topics outlined below:

  1. Year Units of work

    Year 8


    History skills

    The Work of Archaeologists

    History around Us – The History of our School

    Who am I?

    The Normans

    Normans come to Ireland



    Year 9




    Was Henry VIII Important?

    Reformation of the Church and its impact

    Elizabeth, Propaganda, and exploration

    Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots

    The Spanish Armada

    Armada wrecks -Under water archaeology

    Plantations and Ireland

    Civil War, Cromwell and Kings in Conflict

    The Titanic  


    Year 10
    Significant events of the Twentieth  Century

    Campaigning for the Vote – Women’

    The Partition of Ireland and its consequences

    The Home Rule Crisis 1912,

    Easter Rising 1916,

    The First world War 1914-18

    How to Find out information about my family history.

    The impact of War


Information on Key Stage 4


At GCSE the course deals with the history around us from a local, national, European, international and global perspective.  The course aims to enable students to actively engage in the process of historical enquiry and to develop as effective and independent learners.  They will develop their knowledge of selected periods in history and be aware of how the past has been interpreted.  Their historical knowledge, understanding and skills will help them understand the present and provide them with a basis for their role as citizens.

Unit 1
2 hours

Study  in Depth Option 1: Germany 1918–1941


Option 4: Peace, War and Neutrality: Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland 1932–1949]


Unit 2
1 hour 15 minutes

Outline Study


The Cold War 1945–1991  


Unit 3 Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: Investigative Study – Controlled Assessment



Information on Key Stage 5

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Level Courses (A2)

Students at A Level History will study the AS course in Year 13 and in Year 14 they will complete the Advanced Level course (A2).  Students will study two Assessment Units in year 13 and two more in year 14. The topics are; Germany 1918-1945, Challenge and Crisis in Ireland 1821-1867, Unionism and Nationalism in Ireland, and the Partition of Ireland 1900-1925.

AS 1

Historical Theme in Breadth

Germany 1918-1945

1 hr 30 min external

examination paper


50% of the total AS marks 25% of the total GCE marks

British History Depth Studies

Challenge and Crisis in Ireland 1821-1867

1 hr 30 min external

examination paper


50% of the total AS marks 25% of the total GCE marks


A2 1

Depth Studies and Associated Historical Controversies

Unionism and Nationalism in Ireland


1 hr 15 min external

examination paper

1 essay question

60% of the total A2 marks 30% of the total GCE marks
A2 2

Historical Enquiry

Partition of Ireland 1900-1925

2 hr external examination paper1 sources and 1 essay question

40% of the total A2 marks 20% of the total GCE marks


Career opportunities from studying your subject

By studying GCE History students can build upon your knowledge and understanding of past events and the impact of those events on our world today. This in turn gives you a better understanding of the consequences of past actions on civilisations and a greater empathy for people of different cultures today.

History is much more than reading about past events. This course can help develop and deploy a range of important skills such as collecting and evaluating information, independent thought, weighing up the evidence that you have found and putting a case together to support your conclusions.

History can open up a wide range of opportunities for further and higher education and interesting and rewarding careers. Through following this course, you will have the opportunity to develop skills that are transferable and are highly sought after by employers. If you wish to continue with your study of History at degree level, you will need to complete the full A Level course comprising the two units at AS together with the two at A2.

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills and increase your self confidence through researching, organising information, having a questioning approach to the evidence before you, arguing a case, reaching balanced conclusions based on the evidence and writing in a clear and coherent way. These are skills which are highly desired by employers and will help you in further education, to succeed in your chosen career as well as in everyday life.

Many History students go on to have interesting and challenging careers, for example in the media, politics, library or information work, writing or editorial work, teaching, lecturing, business or civil service and law. An interest in history may direct you to a perhaps a more specialist career as an archaeologist, archivist working in a records office, historical researcher, solicitor, barrister, museum curator or genealogist.