Department               HISTORY

Staff in Department
Mr S Carrick (Head of Humanities Faculty/Head of History Department)

Ms E Cloughan

Mr K Rendall (Head of Year)

Aims of Department
History is a subject that enriches the lives of young people. It is a fascinating area of learning, full of interesting people, places, events and stories. The study of the past is rewarding and fosters the development of historical knowledge, understanding and a variety of transferable skills. Sharing our heritage is essential if we are to develop our students into mature, considerate adults, capable of forming their own opinions and making decisions about their life with understanding and confidence.

The History Department at Breda Academy endeavours to create and sustain an excellent learning community in which every person’s opinion counts and is valued and the student voice is encouraged and listened to.

Key Stage 3
History is a diverse, thought-provoking and dynamic subject. It is accessible and valuable to students of all abilities and the History department seeks to use a wide range of active learning strategies to encourage pupils to become independent learners and fulfil their potential.

The Key Stage 3 History programme delivers the full statutory requirements, key elements and curriculum objectives of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. The programme of study in each year group at Key Stage 3 incorporates a variety of time periods, people and places and is planned for progression of knowledge, understanding and skills.

Topics at Key Stage 3 level include:

Year 8

History and personal identity

The Normans

The Black Death

Year 9

The Reformation

The Spanish Armada

William of Orange

Year 10

The First World War

The Holocaust

Civil Rights in America

Key Stage 4 Pathway
GCSE History provides students with the opportunity to:

• develop an interest and enthusiasm for history;

• understand the significance history has for today’s society;

• become aware of how the past has been represented, interpreted and given significance for different reasons and purposes; and

• develop a wide range of skills that are transferable and are highly sought after by employers.

The CCEA GCSE History specification builds on the areas of study at Key Stage 3 and offers opportunities to further develop skills and capabilities:

PAPER 1: STUDIES IN DEPTH 2 hr external exam (50%)

a)      Germany 1918-1939

b)      Peace, War and Neutrality: Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland 1932-1949

PAPER 2: OUTLINE STUDY 1 hr 15 mins external exam (25%)

The Outline Study focuses on the Cold War in the period after the Second World War (1945–1991) in a variety of geographical locations and political contexts.


 To complete the Controlled Assessment task students carry out investigative research and prepare responses to two essay questions on a topic chosen by the History Department. Previous Controlled Assessment tasks include ‘The Nazi Treatment of the Jewish Community’ and ‘Support and Opposition for the Vietnam War’.

Further details on the History GCSE Specification can be found on the CCEA History Microsite:

Key Stage 5
Through a wide range of engaging teaching and learning strategies, A Level History aims to encourage students to:

• improve as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds

• develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past, to carry out research and evaluate conclusions;

• acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example that history is concerned with interpretations based on available evidence and that historical interpretations may be provisional;

• develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills;

• make links and draw comparisons with and/or across different periods and aspects of the past; and

• organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.

Year 13 CCEA AS Level Modules

AS Paper 1: Historical Investigations and Interpretations- Germany (1918-45)

1 hr 30 mins external exam paper (25% of A Level)

AS Paper 2: Conflict and Change in Europe- Russia (1903-41)

1 hr 30 mins external exam paper (25% of A Level)

Year 14 CCEA A2 Modules

A2 Paper 1: Change Over Time- Unionism and Nationalism in Ireland (1800-1900)

1 hr 15 mins external exam paper (20% of A Level)

A2 Paper 2: Historical Investigations and Interpretations- Partition of Ireland (1900-1925)

2 hr external exam paper (30% of A Level)

Further details on the History GCE A Level Specification can be found on the CCEA History Microsite:

A range of homework tasks are set to consolidate learning in History, including:

  • Analysis and interpretation of historical sources
  • Individual research
  • Revision
  • Completion of class work
  • Worksheet activities
  • Short and long answer questions
  • Extended writing
  • Individual reading
  • Project work