Aims and Overview of the History Departmenthistory

Our aims are to develop pupils as individuals by:

  • Helping them to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the study of national and international issues from the past, so that they can begin to make sense of the world they live in today.
  • To develop a sense of structure of past societies in order to develop the ability to empathise with people from the past.
  • To acquire an understanding of the development of social and cultural values and this has shaped their society today, thus allowing them to find a personal identity.

To develop pupils a contributors to society by:

  • Helping pupils to acquire a knowledge and understanding of human activities (social, political and economic) in the past, linking them as appropriate with the present, so as to develop positive attitudes to the world in which they live.
  • Exploring the moral dilemmas faced by past societies so that they understand to complexity of making reasoned judgments.

To develop pupils as contributors to the economy and environment by:

  • Investigating how the skills developed through History will be useful in a range of careers.
  • Enabling pupils to move on easily to further historical study and/or maintain an interest in history as a means of recreation and leisure.

To develop pupils’ knowledge, Understanding and Skills by:

  • Acquiring an understanding of the nature and use of historical evidence.
  • Understanding of the nature of cause and consequence, continuity and change, similarity and difference in human affairs.
  • Develop essential skills such as the ability to locate and extract information from primary and secondary sources; to detect bias; to analyse this information; to develop the ability to think critically and make judgments about human situations;
  • Encouraging pupils to effectively communicate knowledge about the past; to use ICT to increase understanding of historical material.


Mrs R. Hill (Head of Department)
Mr B. Adams
Mr G McMillan
Mr D. McClean


At present the department is located in rooms 115, 128, 132 and Mobile 8.

All teachers have access to interactive whiteboards and printing facilities. Relevant and modern textbooks and access to a computer are available to all members of the department.

Why Study History?

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”     George Santayana

  • History helps you to become a detective. It helps you to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express your own opinions.
  • History allows you to travel through time.
  • Historical knowledge helps you to truly understanding the world you live in.
  • History helps you understand the origins of modern political and social problems.
  • History makes you appreciate that people in the past were not just ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but motivated in complex and inconsistent ways, just like us.
  • History provides you with the skills employers are looking for.exlposive stuff

             It is explosive stuff!

Key Stage 3



Study Unit 1: What is History?
Study Unit 2: The Normans and the Medieval World
Study Unit 3: Medicine in History


Study Unit 1: Rivalry and Conflict in the 16th and 17th centuries
Study Unit 2: Seventeenth century Ireland
Study Unit 3: Slavery


Study Unit 1: 20th Century, an Age of What?
Study Unit 2: What was the impact of War in the 20th Century?
Study Unit 3: What were the causes and consequences of the partition of Ireland?
Study Unit 4: Who were the most significant people of the 20th Century?

KS3 pupils 1
year 9 history work
ks3 pupils 2


Specification/Exam Board:   CCEA

The aims of this course are: 

  • to develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims using a range of sources; 
  • to develop an awareness of how the past has been represented, interpreted and given significance for different reasons and purposes; and 
  • to develop the ability to effectively communicate historical knowledge and understanding in a range of ways, argue a case, make judgements and reach substantiated conclusions.

Progression Pathways
History is offered at AS and A2 Level in Ballyclare Secondary School. History also provides an excellent base for many courses offered at Further Education.

Career Opportunities
Archivist, School Teacher, Museum/Gallery Conservator, Librarian, Information Officer, Records Manager, Broadcast Journalist, Researcher, Writer.

 gcse award

A Level

Specification/Exam Board:   CCEA

Criteria for Entry: Grade B or above in GCSE History.

Students will follow a two year course, with two AS modules in the first year and two further A2 modules in the second year

A-Level History provides students with opportunities to explore key political, economic and social events which have helped to shape today’s institutions, governments and societies. It also develops skills which are transferable and which can be adapted to all work related contexts. Students will develop the ability to analyse and evaluate evidence, reaching conclusions and judgements. They will develop the ability to present arguments or debates in a logical and clear manner, and to think critically, drawing rational conclusions based on evidence.

A-level award
A-level pupil

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