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History is a thriving subject in Parkhall Integrated College and the Department has embraced a great many changes over recent years. We are very proud to be in a position to offer the subject up to Year 14.

In teaching our subject we hope to, not only stimulate our pupils, but to also equip them with the skills that will allow them to work in many areas of modern society.

Key Stage 3

Year 8 focuses on the skills we use to study History and allows for an investigation of our own locality, which includes monuments such as our Round Tower. We focus on the Normans and then look specifically at the Normans in Ireland. Year 8 also provides an opportunity to visit Carrickfergus Castle.

Year 9 begins to look at events that have shaped the world we live in and, importantly, the area we live in. Pupils are encouraged to investigate how events such as these have impacted on their own lives today. We believe this creates a greater understanding of why the study of History remains so important as we try to show the links between events of centuries ago to the lives our pupils lead today.

Year 10 allows our pupils to study more a more contemporary period in history. In this year we focus heavily on World War 1 & World War 2. We try to make our pupils aware of cause and effect and how the actions of some can have an impact on so many.

Study of these topics also allows our pupils to look at the morality of the policies followed by many famous people in history and opens up many opportunities for debate and discussion.

Year 10 will also study more modern Irish History, particularly in the 20th century, and the impact it has had on our society today.

Key Stage 4

Years 11 & 12 follow the CCEA Syllabus for GCSE which includes Hitler’s Germany, Northern Ireland & its Neighbours and the Cold War. Pupils complete an external exam in both Year 11 & Year 12.

Key Stage 5

Once again the department follows the CCEA syllabus.

In Year 13 we study “Germany 1919- 1945” & “Russia 1914 – 1941.”

Pupils complete 2 exams at the end of Year 13.

In Year 14 we study “The American Presidency 1901 – 2000” & “Partition of Ireland 1900 – 1925.”

Pupils complete 2 external exams at the end of Year 14.

A full breakdown of what is involved in each module is available at

Parkhall Integrated College Vision Statement

‘To provide an inclusive, caring learning environment where we all feel valued and respected and are empowered to reach our full potential’