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The History Department in De La Salle College is responsible for the delivery of the History programmes of study to all pupils in KS3. We hope to develop pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the past and its impact on their lives today.


We also aim to develop pupils’ life skills in areas such as communication and critical thinking, helping pupils to become independent learners. Pupil’s knowledge and understanding of KS3 History is enhanced by trips to the Somme Centre.

Topics covered in each year group at KS3

Year 8

  • What is History

  • Origins of the Roman Empire

  • The Roman Republic

  • The Roman army

  • Lifestyle in Roman Times


Year 9

  • The Normans

  • The Plantations

  • The Reformation

  • The Renaissance

  • Cromwell in Ireland

  • The Williamite Wars


Year 10

  • ‘The Troubles’

  • Nationalism and Unionism in Ireland

  • The short and long term causes of Partition

  • The causes and outbreak of WW1

  • Recruitment and Propaganda in WW1.

  • Trench Warfare

  • Theatres of war


Key Stage 4 GCSE

GCSE History has always been an extremely popular choice for De La Salle pupils. There are currently there are two Year 11 and three Year 12 classes completing this course.

CCEA GCSE History is studied over two years beginning in Year 11 and continuing through Year 12. Pupils will sit both exams at the end of Year 12.

  • Paper 1- Modern World Studies in depth (Nazi Germany, 1933-1945) and a Local Study (Northern Ireland and its Neighbours 1965-1998)- 1 hour and 45-minute examination.

  • Paper 2- Outline Study-International Relations, 1945-2003- 1 hour 15-minute examination

Assessment- Paper 1 is worth 60% of the overall GCSE grade and Paper 2 is worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade.

Key stage 5 History

Such a high number of GCSE Students has meant that the subjects offered by the History Department as KS5 level has proven to be extremely popular. In this respect the department can be seen to make a significant contribution to the aims of the College.

CCEA A Level History is studied over two years beginning in Year 13 and continuing throughout Year 14.

Assessment- The A Level History course is divided into four units, two units at AS level and two units at A2. The following units are studied in AS and A2 History. The full advanced GCE (A Level) award is based on students’ marks from the AS (40%) and the A2 (60%).

Unit AS1:  

Historical investigations and interpretations

Option 5: Germany 1919-1945 (20% of the A Level)

  • The Weimar Republic 1919-1929.

  • The decline of the Weimar Republic 1929-33 and the rise of the Nazis.

  • Developments in Nazi Germany.

  • The impact of the war on Nazi Germany and the occupied territories in Eastern Europe, 1939-45.

Unit AS2

Historical conflict and change 

Option 5: Russia 1914-41 (20% of the A Level)

  • The Revolutions of February and October 1917.

  • Lenin’s Russia 1917-24.

  • Stalin’s rise to power and dictatorship 1924-41.

  • The Economy 1924-41.

Unit A21

Change Over Time


Option 5: Clash of Ideologies in Europe 1900-2000 (20% of the A Level)

  • Russia and Europe 1900-17

  • Revolutionary Russia and opposition from western governments 1917-33.

  • The struggle for survival 1933-45.

  • The search for security 1945-56.

  • Co-operation and coexistence 1956-79.

  • Soviet aggression, decline and collapse, 1979-91.

Unit A22

Historical Investigations and Interpretations

Option 5: Partition of Ireland 1900-25 (40% of the A Level)

  • The crisis over the Third Home Rule Bill up to September 1914.

  • Political developments 1914-18.

  • Political developments 1919-23.

  • Northern Ireland 1921-25

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