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


Here are some tweets from our Twitter feed @GHSHistory1

The bugle sounds as the charge begins
But on this battlefield no one wins #thetrooper #balaclava @IronMaiden

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Protestant Reformation in a timeline from All About History Magazine.

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During the Middle Ages, villagers often ran out of grain before new crops could be harvested. Many resorted to old rye to make bread. Unfortunately, stored rye could be infected with ergot, a fungus that caused hallucinations, gangrene & even death. #history #historyteacher #Fact

Image for the Tweet beginning: During the Middle Ages, villagers

This day 50 years ago – 17 April 1969 – Bernadette Devlin, 21, became the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Commons.

In her maiden speech, she said:

“I stand here... in the same tradition as the first woman ever to be elected to this Parliament, Constance Markievicz.”

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Today we have been marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.
What the soldiers saw was beyond description and left an indelible mark for the rest of their lives.
For the survivors, a sense of eternal gratitude. A day they will never forget.

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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/