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Mrs. M. Robinson
Mr. T. Keeley


The study of History is made available to all students for their first three years in St Patrick’s College. Should they so wish, they can choose to study History for GCSE. There are links with various departments within the school such as English, Religious Education and Geography departments to develop the skills of the presentation of information, analysis, decision-making. These are transferable skills that will be required by students in their careers and life beyond school. The department works with all students to enable them to achieve their full potential in the study of this subject.

History is the study of the past, focusing on the motivations, actions and decisions taken by people. It helps them to appreciate the good things that have happened and an opportunity to reflect on events and people who make have had a negative impact on our world or society. It enables students to explore the past and use the knowledge they gain to enable them to make informed decisions based on factual information.

Key Stage 3 (Years 8, 9 & 10)

Year 8 pupils begin their study with an overview of History skills, such as learning how to arrange dates and events in chronological order, designing Timelines, matching years to their correct centuries and developing a working knowledge of the various sources that historians use in their investigation of events. Their main study sees them investigate aspects of Irish History as prescribed by the revised curriculum. They also learn about the impact of the Norman invasion in England and their subsequent arrival in Ireland. Students will also learn about the daily life in Norman Ireland of various groups of people.

In Year 9 pupils study the Reformation and its impact on Europe. We look at the Tudor Monarchs and how the Reformation changed the direction of England and Ireland. We focus on the impact on Ireland of all these changes, and how Ireland interacted in European politics at this time, with the Armada and the Ulster Plantations.

19th and early 20th century Ireland is the focus of our Year 10. We assess the reasons for and the impact of the Famine on Ireland. We study the relationship between land and politics in the late 19th century. We focus our studies on the 1905-1925 period; Ulster and Home Rule; The Easter Rising, the rise of Sinn Féin and partitioning of Ireland and the establishment of the Northern Ireland.

GCSE (Years 11 & 12)

2019 sees the final year of study with the Edexcel GCSE specification.  From 2019/20, students will student the CCEA specification of History.

Year 12

Edexcel SHP History

Our topics of study at this level for this course includes; European Foreign Policy in the years 1870-1939 and in particular the causes of both the first and second world wars. We also study the reasons for the Nazi rise to power in Germany and the impact they had on Germany from 1933 to 1945.

In Year 12, students have the opportunity to study the transformation of British society from 1906-1928, looking at such aspects of life as the role of women and the suffragette movement and the extension of the franchise.

Students will also complete a school based assessment on some aspect of modern northern Irish History.

CCEA History

From 2019 Year 11 students will follow the CCEA GCSE which is a two year course and focuses on the following topics:

  • Nazi Germany 1933-1946
  • Northern Ireland 1965-1994

Year 12 Course

  • Completion of the Northern Ireland module
  • International Relations 1945-2003

There is no Coursework module with the CCEA course of study.

The Year 11 & 12 classes will be given support classes in the run up to examinations through after-school activities usually from Term 2 onward.  There have been trips to Dublin organised in conjunction with our school Librarian.

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