Members of Staff: Miss J. Elliott (Head of Department), Mr. J. McPeak & Mr. N. McMaster

History at Ballycastle High School aims to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for a study of the past, whilst using a range of teaching and learning actitvities.

The department seeks to foster those skills traditionally associated with the teaching and study of History eg. translation, analysis, application, extrapolation, evaluation and empathy.  In addition, the department will also aim to develop the skills associated with literacy, oral and written expression, I.C.T. and to a lesser extent, numeracy.

The main emphasis in the teaching (and learning) of this subject has to be enjoyment!!


Year 8 topics include: What is history? The Norman Conquest of England; The Normans in Ireland; the Norman legacy, as well as a trip to Carrickfergus castle in the summer term.

Year 9 topics include: The Reformation; the Spanish Armada, the Ulster Plantation, as well as a field trip to Coleraine to discover evidence from the plantation town.

Year 10 topics include: the Partition of Ireland, the consequences of partition, 20th century history, and the Holocaust.

GCSE History

Pupils study the CCEA specification, which includes study of the following:

·        Germany 1918-41

·        Changing Relationships: Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland (1965-85)

·        The Cold War

·        Controlled Assessment (completed in Year 12)

AS/A2 History

Pupils study the CCEA specification, which includes study of the following:

AS level

·         Germany 1918-45

·         Russia 1903-41

A2 level

·         Clash of Ideologies, 1900-2000
·         Partition of Ireland 1900-25


On Tuesday 11th June 2013, Year 8 pupils set off on an history adventure to Carrickfergus Castle.  They enjoyed a day learning more about the Norman invasion of Ireland, as well as trying out some weapons the Normans would have used. They also had the opportunity to see the different parts of a castle, which they had been learning about in the classroom.


10L enjoyed an historical and cultural trip to Dublin on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd October with the History Department.  This was a joint trip with Year 10 pupils from Cross and Passion College in conjunction with the PIRCH Project. Pupils visited the Boyne Centre, Croke Park and the GAA Museum, as well as participated in a walking tour of Ireland’s capital city. It was definitely a worthwhile educational experience, but there was also some time for retail therapy!



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