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History is the study of humankind. It tells the stories of what is best and what is worst about all of us. It brings to life the key events, the big characters, the wars that changed us and the discoveries that have brought us forward. We learn about our traditions, where we came from and how our roots grew. At Malone College History is a tool to explore cultural diversity and to build up understanding to a shared future centred on the values of equality. History is the greatest story ever told. Real people, real lives and real events that span over the millennia of time.

The History Department at Malone College believes in the power of the story, lessons centre around the story telling tradition. Pupils are encouraged to communicate, ask and answer questions and analysis and develop their own point of view. Discussion and debate are key elements within History at Malone, pupils are active learners that participate and contribute to all of the stories explored. Pupils are also encouraged to be critical thinkers that can detect and explain basis so they can come to a balanced conclusion if their own.

In History pupils have the opportunity to build on literacy, talking and listening

skills and personal independent research. Tasks centre on managing information, problem solving, group work and pupils are given an opportunity to express themselves creatively.

We teach the past so pupils can have an awareness of their own and each other’s traditions. Understanding, tolerance, respect and inclusion are the core values of the Department, and we believe History is a vital tool to building a more vibrant and more accepting community.


KS3 History Programme at Malone College

Year 8: Introduction to History and the Medieval Period

• Introduction to History

• The Middle Ages

• The Battle of Hastings and the Race to be King 1066

• William the Conqueror’s Consolidation of Power

• The Black Death 1348

• Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages

• Dermot MacMurrough and the Norman Invasion of Ireland 1170

• John DeCourcy and the Norman Invasion of Ulster 1177

• Christopher Columbus and the America’s

• The Ancient Egyptians

• The Ancient Romans

Year 9: Early Modern History 1517-1690

• The Reformation 1517, Martin Luther and the Borgia

• Henry VIII and the Church of England

• Bloody Mary

• Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada

• James I and the Gunpowder Plot

• The Ulster Plantations

• Charles I and the English Civil War

• Cromwell’s Invasion of Ireland

• James II and the Williamite Wars

• The Irish Potato Blight

• The New World and the Aztecs

• The Black People’s of America and the Struggle for Freedom

Year 10: The 19th and 20th Centuries

• Ireland, Partition and the Struggle for Independence

• The First World War

• The Suffragettes and Women’s Struggle for Equality

• The Second World War


KS4 GCSE History Programme at Malone College

Y11 and Y12 Pupils complete a GCSE Pathway in History offered by CCEA.

Y11: Studies In-depth 60% of final mark

• Life in Nazi Germany 1933-45

• Northern Ireland and the Troubles 1965-98

• Source Work Skills on Northern Ireland

Y12: International Relations 1945-2005 40% of final mark

The Cold War 1945-91 and the War on Terror 1991-2003

• The Cold War in Europe

• The Cold War Across the Globe

• The War on Terror: The Twin Towers Attack and the International War on Radical Islam

• Source Work Skills on International Relations


Post 16 History Programme at Malone College

Y13 and Y14 Pupils complete a GCE A Level Pathway in History offered by CCEA.

AS History AS 1: Historical Investigations and Interpretations

50% of AS 20% of A level

• Option 5: Germany 1919–45

AS 2: Historical Conflict and Change

50% of AS 20% of A level

• Option 5: Russia 1914–41

Unit A2 1 Change Over Time

20% of A level

• Option 5: Clash of Ideologies in Europe 1900–2000

Unit A2 2 Historical Investigations and Interpretations

40% of A level

• Option 4: Partition of Ireland 1900–25

“A Nation that keeps one eye on the past is wise. A Nation that keeps two eyes on the past is blind”


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