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Curriculum vision

History is a thriving subject in Parkhall Integrated College. In teaching our subject we hope to, not only stimulate our students, 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. Students 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 students lead today.

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

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

Key stage 5

In key stage 5, the department follows the CCEA syllabus. In year 13 students study Germany 1919- 1945 and Russia 1914 – 1941.

Students complete two external exams at the end of year 13.

In year 14 students study the American Presidency 1901 – 2000 and the Partition of Ireland 1900 – 1925.

Students complete two external exams at the end of year 14.

A full breakdown of what is involved in each module is available here.


The History department run various trips and visits throughout the year. Trips are run to Carrickfergus Castle and to Dublin on an annual basis.

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’