Subject Info

At Brownlow Integrated College, all pupils have the opportunity to study History in years 8, 9 and 10 in conjunction with the statutory curriculum requirements at Key Stage 3. In years 11 and 12 (Key Stage 4) pupils have the option to further enhance their skills and knowledge, leading to a GCSE qualification in History.

Junior School History

At Key Stage 3 students study a range of enquiries based on the statutory programmes of study. These are designed to fully develop their historical knowledge, understanding and skills. They include:

KS3 Topics

Year 8
Why was 1066 a turning point in History?
The Normans in Ireland: invitation or invasion?
Did the Normans strengthen or weaken the medieval Irish Church?

Year 10
How were human rights abused during the twentieth century?
What were the causes of Irish partition?
To what extent do the consequences of Irish partition still affect us today?
Research project: Who was a 'mover and shaker' during the twentieth century?

Year 9
What impact did the Reformation have on Europe, England and Ireland?
European exploration: 'voyages of discovery' or 'voyages of conquest'?
How successful were English attempts to control Ireland in the 17th century?
Why was the eighteenth century an age of revolutions?

Senior School History

At Key Stage 4 pupils study CCEA GCSE History. This is a unitised course that allows students to sit one of the two papers at the end of Year 11. Students are examined on the following:

KS4 Topics & Assessments

Paper 1

Section A: Modern World Studies in Depth
Option 1: Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–45

Section B: Local Study
Option 2: Changing Relations: Northern Ireland and its Neighbours, 1965–9

Assessment: External written examination (1 hour 45 minutes)

Weighting: 60%

KS4 Topics & Assessments

Paper 2

International Relations, 1945–2003.

Assessment: External written examination (1 hour 15 minutes)

Weighting: 40%