Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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Academic Year 2017/2018

Head of Department:
Mr B Murphy

Teaching Staff:
Mr E Harkin
Mrs S McGoldrick
Mrs I Cunning

Welcome to the History Department

The aim of the History department is to establish an enthusiasm for, and interest in, the subject among all of the students we teach. We hope that studying the past is a thoroughly worthwhile activity, as it can help us understand our own world better. Indeed, History is interesting because it is about people. However, we also aim to provide a wide variety of skills for our students, and in particular, transferable ones which will be of great use after leaving Loreto. Those who learn to analyse and communicate ideas effectively are in a strong position in most university courses and careers.

The History department currently has three full-time teachers: B. Murphy (Head of Department), S. McGoldrick and E. Harkin, while I Cunning also assists with the teaching of Year 8. We have three designated classrooms, and the department is well-resourced with a History Library, audio-visual equipment and modern, well-written textbooks. All classrooms are equipped with electronic whiteboards.  It is the intention of the department that a wide variety of teaching techniques should be used to allow all our pupils to develop their own individual potential.

Educational Visits
The department offers a number of trips during the year. Visits outside school are considered very important. The Year 8s visit Carrickfergus Castle at the end of their first year. Our Year 9 students visit Derry City to see the Walls and Tower Museum. GCSE students are given the opportunity to go on a trip to Berlin. The trip is undertaken as part of their course, focusing on the Cold War in Berlin and Hitler’s Germany. Such trips are useful in establishing an interest in the subject and encouraging our students to work independently, and this will stand them in good stead when it comes to A Level.

Key Stage 3
When our year 8 students join us in September they will spend four weeks studying the importance of history. This will be followed by work on the Normans. Year 9 students will examine Change and Conflict between 1400 and 1700. In year 10 the students study Nationalism and Unionism in Ireland 1800-1921 as well as looking at the causes, key events and consequences of World War Two.

Key Stage 4 GCSE
Paper I Study in Depth This paper is worth 60%
Section A Germany c1918-c1941: the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi state
Section B Changing Relationships: Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland c1965-c1985

Paper II Outline Study This paper is worth 40%
The Cold War c1945-c1991
Includes development of the ‘Iron Curtain’, Berlin Blockade, Korean War, Warsaw Pact, Hungarian Uprising, Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War, Czechoslovakian Uprising, Détente, Afghanistan and the break up of the USSR.

Skills developed in this subject
Investigative - identifying bias and deficiency in evidence
Research - independent research using different sources
Logical - thinking making informed judgements
Analysis - identifying nature and complexities of problems
Report writing - presenting clear arguments (written and oral)

History provides you with skills which can be applied in a whole range of careers. It will not narrow your career options at this stage, but rather keep them as broad as possible. Careers where history graduates are sought after include: law, insurance, accountancy, banking, civil service, journalism, broadcasting and management. At university, courses where history is very useful include: all art and humanities subjects, law and politics.

Key Stage 5 AS & A2
There is no coursework in AS or A2 history

AS Course
Module 1 Nazis and Germany 1919-1945
Module 2 Revolutionary Change in Russia 1917-1941

• Paper 1 includes the use of sources and is worth 50% of AS and 20% of A2 Level
• Paper 2 contains short essay type questions worth 50% of AS and 20% of A2 Level

A2 Course
Module 3 Nationalism and Unionism in Ireland 1800-1900
Module 4 Ireland 1900-1925

• Paper 1 contains synoptic essay type questions worth 20% of A Level
• Paper 2 contains source questions and essay type questions worth 40% of A2 Level

Skills developed in this subject
All key skills
Use of evidence, logical thinking
Ability to write concise relevant reports supported by evidence
Study and research skills

History provides you with skills which can be applied in a whole range of university courses. Courses where history is a useful subject include: law, politics, management and arts/humanities courses in general.