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History Department

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, dynamic department that strives to ensure that every student achieves their full potential while learning about the past. Students have the opportunity to explore a wide range of History topics and take part in a number of trips throughout their time at Strangford College.


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

Topics studied at Key Stage 3:

Year 8

Normans and the Medieval World

Medieval Medicine

Year 9

Spanish Armada


English Civil War

The Plague

Williamite Wars

Year 10

World War One

Events leading to World War Two

Home Front

20th century Ireland

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 years 8 and 9 we take part in a Shared Education Programme with Glastry and St Columba’s Portaferry. In year 8 there is a trip to Carrickfergus Castle and in year 10 a visit to the Somme Centre in Conlig. In previous years we have organised a A2 History trip to Dublin which included an open top bus tour of Dublin and a visit to Kilmainham Gaol.

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