History is a chronicle of human behaviour - a real-life drama full of villains & heroes; the mighty & the meek. It examines the circumstances that moved its players to transform people and places (for better and for worse), & it holds the answers to how & why our lives are fashioned the way they are today.  When you know about history, you can understand what it really means to be in someone else's shoes.


  • Mr D. Alexander – Head of Department
  • Mrs A. McIvor
  • Dr T. Snowdon


GCSE and A Level pupils follow the CCEA specification. At Key Stage Four pupils study a range of Units including Nazi Germany, the Cold War and Peace, War & Neutrality 1932 – 1949.

GCSE pupils will also complete one piece of Controlled Assessment in Year 12. Topics on offer include the Assassination of JFK or Opposition to the War in Vietnam.

At A Level pupils study modules in Weimar & Nazi Germany; Fascist Italy; the Partition of Ireland and 19th Century European History.

Educational Trips & Fieldwork

Every year, Year 8 pupils complete a field day at Dundrum Castle (see slideshow). They record observations of features of the castle; assess the suitability of the location of the castle; record measurements of castle dimensions; and receive a weapons talk and demonstration from a medieval warfare expert.

In 2010 Years 11 – 14 went on a trip to the Somme Battlefield & Ypres Salient. The next trip to this area will be in June 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of World War One.


Employers and universities know that students of History have developed a number of skills that can be applied to any situation. They know that:

  • You are able to gather, interpret and evaluate information from a range of sources;
  • You understand different points of view and can detect bias and propaganda;
  • You can reach a balanced judgement based on reliable evidence;

The research, analytical and presentational skills you learn in History are precisely the skills you need to operate in the world of work.

History has a huge amount of transferable skills which can be used in a wide range of interesting, stimulating and challenging careers.

Planning for Assessment

Key Stage 4 Planning for Assessment 2015-16 Key Stage 5 Planning for Assessment 2015-16