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Strangford College, Newtownards



Our Vision

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” (Marcus Garvey)

History is a well-resourced and dynamic department.  Students are actively engaged in a fascinating exploration of a range of Historical topics.  Students hear exciting stories about the past, are involved in a range of learning activities and investigate how the past has shaped the world in which we live today.  Exam students experience high quality learning and teaching which is evident in the excellent exam results.


Mrs D. Purvis (Head of Department), Mrs K. Newman, Mr G. Boal,

Topics studied at Key Stage 3:

Year 8

What is History?

The Normans

The Medieval World

A Murder Mystery- who killed Thomas Beckett?

Year 9

Spanish Armada

Witchcraft in the C17th

English Civil War

The Great Plague

The Williamite Wars

The Slave Trade and the debate today


Year 10

World War One

Germany after the War

The Rise of the Nazis

The Holocaust

20th century Ireland

The Atomic Bomb


Year 11 – unit 1 (60% of final GCSE grade)

Germany 1933-45

Northern Ireland 1965-98

Year 12 – unit 2 (40% of final GCSE grade)

International Relations: 1945-2003

CCEA A-Level History

Year 13

Unit 1 – Germany (20% of final A level grade)

Unit 2 – Russia (20% of final A level grade)

Year 14

Unit 1 – Clash of Ideologies 1900-2000 (20% of final A Level grade)

Unit 2 – Partition of Ireland 1900-1925 (40% of final A Level grade)

Extra-Curricular Visits / Trips

In year 8 there is a trip to Carrickfergus Castle and in year 10 a visit to the Somme Centre in Conlig. GSCE and As Level students have the opportunity to meet and listen to a talk by someone who experienced and survived the Holocaust.  Students can also visit Dublin for an open top bus tour of Dublin and a visit to Kilmainham Gaol.



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