HISTORY | Fort Hill College

History

‘We are not the makers of History.  We are made by History.’ 

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Staff:

Ms M. Greene  (Curriculum Leader)

Mr S. Kitchen

Mrs J. Ireland

 

History has always been a popular subject because people are fascinated about what it was like to live in the past.  People want to know what the lives of the rich and famous, and general public were like in a particular time in History.  We in the History Department at Fort Hill aim to bring the past to life, by making the study of History enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.

 

Our students are given the opportunity to study some of the most important political, social, economic and cultural events at local, national and global levels, from 1066 to 2003.

History is taught from Year 8 to 14.

At KS3 we study

In Year 8:

  • What is History? and the Skills of an Historian

  • The Battle of Hastings

  • Life in Medieval England and Ireland

  • Black Death

  • Castles

In Year 9:

  • The Reformation;

  • The Tudors including Henry VIII; Elizabeth I; The Plantation of Ulster;

  • The Stuarts including James I; The English Civil War; Cromwell and the Williamite Wars.

  • Who was to blame for the sinking of Titanic?

In Year 10:

  • World War 1

  • Irish History 1800 – 1921

  • The Suffragettes.

Including extended writing opportunities, source evaluation and developing ICT skills within History. 

We also take our students to the Somme Heritage Centre and Lisburn Museum

At GCSE we study

Exam Board: CCEA

In Year 11:

Unit 1: (Knowledge and source based paper)

  • Section A: Modern World Studies in Depth

    • Option 1: A Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–45

  • Section B: Local Study

    • Option 2: Changing Relations: Northern Ireland and its Neighbours, 1965–98

  • Unit 1 is worth 60% of the final grade.

  • This will be examined at the end of Year 11.

In Year 12:

Unit 2: (Source evaluation and extended writing)

  • Outline Study:  International Relations, 1945–2003​​​​

    • Unit 2 is worth 40% of the final grade

    • This will be examined at the end of Year 12.

The scheme of assessment

There is only one tier of entry for the examination.

All students are required to:

Sit two written papers (60% & 40%) which are externally marked.

  • Unit 1 = 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Unit 2 = 1 hour 15 minutes

There is no Controlled Assessment in GCSE History.

At A Level we study

Exam Board: CCEA

In Year 13 AS Level:

​Unit 1 – Historical Investigations and Interpretations

Germany 1919 – 1945

  • 50% of AS, 20% of A Level

  • Externally assessed examination, 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Candidates answer 3 questions, one historical knowledge based question and 2 source based questions

  • Examined in May of Year 13

Unit 2 – Conflict and Change in Europe

Russia 1914 – 1941

  • 50% of AS, 20% of A Level

  • Externally assessed examination, 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Candidates answer 2 questions both focusing on historical knowledge and analytical skills

  • Examined in May of Year 13

In Year 14 A2 Level:

 

Unit 3 – Change Over Time

The American Presidency

  • 20% of A Level

  • Externally assessed examination, 1 hour

  • This is a synoptic paper focusing on changes throughout a century

  • Candidates answer 1 question focusing on historical knowledge, analytical and evaluative skills

  • Examined in June of Year 14

Unit 4 – Historical Investigations and Interpretations

Partition of Ireland 1900 – 1925

  • 40% of A Level

  • Externally assessed examination, 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Candidates answer 3 questions, one question of two parts, set in the context of an historical enquiry which includes the use of sources and a extended essay question focusing on historical knowledge, analytical and evaluative skills

  • Examined in June of Year 14

 

Trips and visits

In the History Department we feel that the study of History is about people and events, and circumstances that have affected their and our lives.  Therefore, it is extremely important that pupils today should learn as much as possible about the past from the people and objects / artefacts that have shaped it.  Throughout our school curriculum we offer many trips to complement their studies.  Examples include the Somme Heritage Centre, Lisburn Museum, A Level Conferences and regular visits from Holocaust Survivor Joanna Millan.  Our pupils have also taken part in the Lessons From Auschwitz Project and a Mock EU debate.  In 2018, the History and Languages Departments organised the first Senior School trip to Berlin.  This trip will run again in 2020.

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