Trench House

87 Stewartstown Road


Co. Antrim

BT11 9JP


(028) 9092 5670


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The study of history is about more than simply memorizing dates and the deeds of famous figures. History is a chronicle of human behaviour – a real life drama of villains and heroes, the mighty and the meek. It examines the circumstances that moved its players to transform people and places, and it holds the answers to how and why our lives are fashioned the way they are today – from our language, fashion, technology to our sports, political systems and religious practices.


  • Mrs M McDonagh

  • Mrs T Cullinan

  • Mrs A Mulhern

  • Mrs D Doherty

  • Mrs D Gormley

  • Mr M Bennett

The courses are designed to stimulate student curiosity and interest of history. We employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils to have equal access to history and to experience success and enjoyment in their work. We aim to encourage students to have open and enquiring minds that will provide the basis for life long study and pursuit of personal interest.

Pupils will be given the opportunity to engage with Irish history as well as developing knowledge of British and world events. By studying the events in Irish history in particular, our aim is to allow our pupils to develop the ability to questions stereotypes and appreciate other points of view.

We strive to encourage the pupils to develop informed opinions, which they can support with reasoned arguments and communicate effectively. Finally, we actively encourage the pupils to recognise their contributing role as Irish and European citizens.

Key Stage 3

History is taught as a compulsory subject in years 8 to 10. We focus on core skills such as chronological understanding, historical interpretation, organisation and communication.

Year 8

Unit 1 - What is History?
Unit 2 - The Norman Invasion of Ireland
Unit 3 - Castles & Medieval Life

Year 9

Unit 1 - The Reformation
Unit 2 - The Plantation of Ireland
Unit 3 - The Famine

Year 10

Unit 1 - Home Rule/The Easter Rising
Unit 2 - The Partition of Ireland
Unit 3 - The Holocaust


The awarding body for the GCSE course is CCEA.

In year 11 pupils will sit their first examination. Paper 1 is 2 hours long and worth 50% of their overall GCSE. Students will learn about the following two topics:

  • The Changing Relationships between Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland 1965-1985

  • The Weimar Republic, the rise of Hitler, and the impact of the Nazi state in both Germany and Europe

In year 12 pupils will complete a controlled assessment task which is worth 25% of their overall grade. The remaining 25% is from paper 2. This is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and based on the following topic:

  • The Relations between Superpowers in Europe 1945-1991

A Level

The awarding body for the A Level course is CCEA. You will be assessed with 2 formal examinations in AS both lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes. In A2, you will also have 2 formal examinations lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes, and 2 hours long.

To succeed in this subject at A Level a strong interest in history and current affairs is recommended. Students should have adopted an ability to manage their time well and work independently. A good performance in English is also preferred.

AS Units

  • Germany 1918-1945

  • Russia 1933-1941

A2 Units

  • Clash of Ideologies 1900-2000

  • The Partition of Ireland 1900-1925

Careers Advice

History prepares students for a range of careers.  It allows them to develop skills that are transferable and highly valued by employers.  History will help pupils to express themselves clearly.  This is a good skill to have for a job interview, and in any career.  

History encourages the students to think for themselves and to be disciplined.  There are a range of career options available including the fields of law, education, research, industry and communication.