History

Aims And Vision

History helps to explain the world we live in today.  It defines the present, informs the future and develops important skills for life.

Magazine Article

Banbridge Academy Magazine 2015-2016: History Article

OUR OVERALL AIMS ARE:

  • To promote the enjoyment of history through stimulating, varied and accessible teaching;
  • To develop a broad understanding of the significant events, individuals and moral and ethical issues which have shaped our world and society today;
  • To help pupils understand where their own present values and attitudes come from and how the past has shaped their own personal identity;
  • To promote the development of socially and morally responsible attitudes, tolerance and an understanding of the perspectives of others;
  • To help equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges and opportunities of life in the 21st Century;

Key Stage 3

The KS3 programme delivers the full statutory requirements, key elements and curriculum objectives of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.  Pupils in Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 have three periods of History each week.  Pupils in Year 8 also study a separate Citizenship unit during History for one period per week during the first term.  In Year 10 pupils are introduced to some topics which are studied at GSCE via units on the Holocaust and the Assassination of JFK.  Throughout KS3 pupils have opportunities to develop skills in source technique and extended writing in preparation for the demands of GSCE and to facilitate continuity and progression across and between each Key Stage.

Year 8

  • WHAT IS HISTORY?
  • LIFE IN MEDIEVAL TIMES
  • THE BLACK DEATH
  • OUR HISTORY

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Year 9

  • WORLD WAR I
  • THE SUFFRAGETTES
  • THE CAUSES OF PARTITION

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Year 10

  • THE HOLOCAUST
  • WHO SHOT JFK
  • THE CONSEQUENCES OF PARTITION
  • CIVIL RIGHTS USA

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GCSE History

The CCEA GCSE specification builds on the areas of study at Key Stage 3 and offers opportunities to further develop skills and capabilities.

Students must complete:

  • two Studies in Depth (Unit 1);
  • an Outline Study (Unit 2); and
  • an Investigative Study (Unit 3).

Options for Studies in Depth include:

  • Germany 1918–1939; and
  • Peace, War and Neutrality: Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland 1932–1949;

The Outline Study focuses on the Cold War in the period after the Second World War (1945–1991) in a variety of geographical locations and political contexts.

The Investigative Study on JFK is taken as Controlled Assessment.

Further details on the History GCSE Specification can be found on the CCEA History Microsite (link to CCEA History Updated Spec first teaching Sept 2014)

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A Level History

The CCEA History GCE A Level specification helps to equip students with many of the skills needed in further and higher education and the workplace. It develops thinking and writing skills, teaching students to construct clear, logical, concise and convincing arguments. It develops the ability to undertake independent research and promotes analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as verbal and written communication skills. It builds on some of the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in GCSE History.

Students can take the AS course as a final qualification; or the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification.

At AS level, students take two units:

  • AS1: Historical Investigations and Interpretations; and
  • AS 2: Conflict and Change in Europe

AS Options include:

  • Germany 1919–1945; and
  • Russia 1914–1941

Students who continue to A2 take two further units:

  • A2 1: Change over Time & Historical Interpretations; and
  • A2 2: Historical Investigations

A2 Options include:

  • The American Presidency in the Twentieth Century
  • Ireland Under the Union 1800-1900
  • The Partition of Ireland 1905–1923

Further details on the History GCE A Level Specification can be found on the CCEA History Microsite (link to CCEA GCE History Specification first teaching Sept 2016)

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