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History

Head of Department: Dr Lindsay Doulton 
                                                 Miss Mari O'Hara

The History Department at St. Columbanus College reflects the aims and objectives of the college, providing a caring and nurturing environment enhancing the teaching and learning of our pupils. We have embraced the Revised Curriculum incorporating content alongside Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities, Literacy, Numeracy and ICT that our young people need today.

 KS3 History:

History is taught to all pupils at KS3. The focus is on:

  • Year 8: What is History?, The Normans, Life in the Middle Ages
  • Year 9: The Reformation, The Tudors and the Plantation of Ulster, Exploration and Colonisation, The Slave Trade
  • Year 10: The 20th Century, World War One, Rights in the 20th Century, The Holocaust and The Partition of Ireland.

Learning and teaching is enhanced by trips to historical sites such as such as Carrickfergus Castle, HMS Caroline and the Ulster Museum.

Year 8 investigating primary evidence.


 Year 8 pupils at Carrickfergus Castle (Below)

GCSE History:

At GCSE we deliver the CCEA specification. For specifications please click on the following link: https://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/history/revised_gcse/index.asp

  • Year 11: Paper 1: Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–45 and Changing Relations: Northern Ireland and its Neighbours, 1965–98.
  • Year 12: Paper 2: International Relations, 1945–2003.

Paper 1 is taken at the end of Year 11. This is 60% of your GCSE completed. Paper 2 is taken at the end of Year 12. This is worth 40% of your GCSE.

 

Post-16:

Many of our GCSE pupils go on to pick A.S. Level History.

A-Level History allows pupils to:

  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance for today’s society.
  • Improve as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds
  • Develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past, to carry out research and evaluate conclusions;

We deliver the CCEA specification. For specifications please click on the following link:

https://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/history/revised_gce/specification/index.asp

AS 1

Germany 1919 -45

(Historical Investigations and Interpretations)

External written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

 

50% of AS

20% of A Level

AS2

Russia 1914-1941

(Historical Conflict and Change)

External written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

 

50% of AS

20% of A Level

A2 1

Clash of Ideologies

(Change Over Time)

 

External written examination lasting 1 hour.

 

20% of A Level

A2 2

Partition of Ireland 1900-1925

(Historical Investigations and Interpretations)

External written examination lasting 2 hours 30 minutes.

 

40% of A Level

 

 Career pathways:

Journalism                                  Legal Professions             Teaching              Civil Service

Sport History                              Architecture                       Childcare             Retail

The Media                                  Archaeology                       PR                           Marketing

 GCSE and Post 16 pupils students visiting Stormont on International Women’s’ Day.