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Ms K Gregg (Head of Department)      Mr P McStravick      Mrs C Campbell

Mr C Johnston           Miss J McVeigh



About the History Department


The History Department in St Malachy’s College is a vibrant, forward-looking department. The two main History classrooms are based in part of the original school building built in 1860s on the site of Vicinage House; the classrooms are in A Block to the right of the main entrance.

History is offered at all levels throughout the college with senior pupils following the specifications offered by the local examination board, CCEA at both GCSE and GCE A Level.


Aims of the Department

We aim to support the College’s mission statement to provide a holistic education which enhances our pupils’ academic, social and moral development.  We seek to promote enthusiasm and enjoyment in learning about the past.

We offer a broad, balanced and relevant history curriculum through which pupils may develop the critical thinking skills to evaluate a range of evidence, appreciate different interpretations and undertake historical enquiry.  Our curriculum is underpinned by an emphasis upon the acquisition of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.




  • What is History? 

  • History of St. Malachy’s College 

  • The Normans in England and Ireland 





  • The Renaissance and Exploration 

  • The Reformation 

  • The Tudors 

  • Ireland from the Ulster Plantation to the Great Famine 






  • The Twentieth Century  

  • The Holocaust 

  • World War One  

  • Causes and Consequences of Partition 


GCSE History


History is a popular option at both GCSE and GCE Levels. 


We study the following CCEA GCSE units:


  • Life in Nazi Germany 1933-45

  • Changing Relations: NI and its Neighbours 1965-98

  • International Relations 1945-2003



GCE History


We study the following CCEA GCE units:


AS History

  • Germany 1918-45

  • Italy 1871-1943


A2 History

  • Clash of ideologies in Europe 1900-2000

  • Partition of Ireland 1900-25


Educational visits

Educational visits are an integral part of bringing History to life.  


Year 8 Carrickfergus Castle

Year 9 Clifton Street Cemetery

Year 10 Somme Heritage Centre

Year 13 and 14 Sixth Form Conferences

Year 14 Dublin visit; Sixth Form History visit to Berlin

Many of our pupils have gone on to study History at University


Extra-curricular activities

Key Stage 3 History Club meets on Thursday at lunchtime in A6. 

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