History is an important area of study, it teaches many skills which can be transferred to other subjects and can lead to careers in:

  • Politics
  • Museum Curation
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Criminology

Key Stage 3

All pupils at Key stage three have 4 periods of History each week.  Throughout  the three years all Key Stage 3 pupils are gradually equipped with transferable skills to move onto GCSE history in Year 11.


Year 8

  • What is History? Skills based introduction.
  • Who should be King in 1066? Battle of Hastings.
  • Medieval Life
  • Normans arrive in Ireland

Year 9

  • Basic skills recap
  • The Reformation
  • The Tudors
  • The Stuarts
  • 19th Century Ireland

Year 10

  • Skills recap
  • 20th Century Introduction
  • Titanic
  • Nationalism & Unionism
  • WW1 (Local Study)
  • Suffragettes
  • Ireland and Partition

In each KS3 year the pupils build upon existing skills and acquire new skills.  Some of these subject based skills include: Evidence enquiry skills, chronology, significance, cause and consequence and source analysis.



The History Department follows the CCEA Specification for GCSE History.  During the two year study pupils will not only learn inside the classroom but the Department encourages school excursions to Crumlin Road Gaol, Londonderry’s Tower Museum and Berlin.

Year 11:

  • Germany 1933-1945
  • Northern Ireland 1963-1998

Year 12:

  • The Cold War / Super Power Relations


A Level

The department does require prospective AS/A2 students to have a grade C and above in GCSE History and GCSE English.    The modules studies at A Level are;

  • AS1: Germany 1918-1945   20%
  • AS2: Russia 1914-1949         20%
  • A21: Challenge and Crisis in Ireland       20%
  • A22: Ireland and Partition                         40%


Teaching Staff

Mrs. J. O’ Neill – Head of Social Studies

Mrs. M. McCartney – Assistant Vice Principal

Mr. J. Sharpe – KS3 ICT coordinator


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#OTD 18th January 1919: The Paris Peace Conference begins at the Palace of Versailles https://t.co/i06N3HHHke #historyteacher #sschat

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On this day in 1971, a bomb was placed in the O'Connell Tower. The blast which followed took out the staircase in the tower and it remained closed to the public until last year. You can now climb the O'Connell Tower yourself, more details here https://t.co/eZVlRklVB2 #otd

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#OTD in 1860 – Birth of playwright, folklorist, founder of The Gaelic League and the first president of Éire, Douglas Hyde, in Castlerea, Co Roscommon. https://t.co/LK8SCTuBrJ

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Good to go! #OpenNight19 @GlengormleyHS #GHSOpenNight

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For more information on specific modules use the links below:

CCEA History (modules – Germany, Russia, Nationalism and Unionism and Partition) – http://www.ccea.org.uk/history/

CCEA Government and Politics (modules – N.Ireland, Britain, USA and UK and Political Power) – http://www.ccea.org.uk/government/