Introduction to History

Aims and Objectives

At  Columba College pupils are encouraged

  • to develop an interest and enthusiasm for history
  • to acquire a knowledge and understanding of Irish, European and World History
  • to develop the range of skills essential for the study of history
  • to develop conceptual understanding and the ability to think independently and critically
  • to acquire an informed and critical awareness of their historical inheritance.

The Leaving Certificate course is 2 years long and incorporates a mix of Irish, European and World History topics



Examination of this subject consists of two components;

  1. Research study report  (project) worth 20%
    This is submitted in April of Sixth Year
  2. Written Examination worth 80%
    This exam is 2 hours 50 minutes in length and covers four topics that are covered throughout
    The two year course. The four topics studied in the academic year 2014-15 are as follows;
  • The Pursuit of Sovereignty and the Impact of partition 1912-1949
  • Politics and Society in Northern Ireland 1949-1993
  • Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe
  • The United States and the World 1945-1989


Useful Tips

  1. Reading over and answering questions from past papers can be a great way to see how to get your answers exactly right.
  2. Have a folder with all your completed essay in it and regularly revise them. The same essay come up very regularly at leaving Certificate level. Use spiders webs and memory maps for extended essays
  3. Pay attention in class and get involved as much as possible. Most of your learning and understanding of the subject happens in the classroom.
  4. Before attempting your written homework read over all information covered in class that day and highlight any parts you don’t understand and ask about it in the next class
  5. When studying History make sure to have a set time frame and a precise topic that will be revised. For e.g. in this 40 minutes I will study the causes of the 1916 Rising


Useful websites


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