The History Department in Cross and Passion College encourages pupils to think for themselves, to appreciate the difficulties of building a picture of the past using incomplete or biased evidence and to understand that interpretations of past events and people may differ. Students are given opportunities to develop their ability to think critically and are encouraged to transfer these skills to other areas of study and to the contemporary world. We believe the study of History should be accessible to all pupils, interesting, relevant and fun!


A McEwan (HoD)

I. McCarry


Key Stage 3 History


Throughout KS3 pupils are encouraged to focus on the marketable skills and knowledge acquired through the study of history. Pupils investigate the nature of historical study, their own life history, the range of evidence available about the past and taught how historians use chronology to order and label events and people.


Year 8


In Year 8 there is a major focus on the nature and value of the subject for 21st Century students. Pupils are provided with a ‘historical tool kit’ which they use to investigate a wide range of themes, people and events including:

What is history?

A Murder Mystery

Big events, small people: The life and times of Anne Frank

The Norman Impact on the Medieval World


Year 9


The title ‘From Renaissance to Revolution’ Europe and the wider world c1490 – 1798, provide a framework in which pupils are given the opportunity to explore the causes and consequences of major developments in history including:

The Impact of the Reformation on Europe, Britain and Ireland

The Causes and Consequences of Colonisation

The Plantation of Ulster


Year 10


In Year 10, pupils undertake a number of focused studies with the aim of helping them understand the contemporary world, the themes include:

The Great Famine

Unionism and nationalism in Ireland

The causes and consequences of the Partition of Ireland

20th Century Focus ‘Significant people, significant events’.

The Vietnam War

At KS3 pupils are provided with opportunities for learning outside the classroom, using visiting speakers, local sites and visits to museums and interpretive centres.


GCSE History


Pupils study the CCEA specification, which includes study of the following:

  • Germany 1918-41
  • Changing Relationships: Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland (1965-85)
  • The Cold War
  • Controlled Assessment (completed in Year 12)

Post 16

AS/A2 History


Pupils study the CCEA specification, which includes study of the following:

AS level

  • Germany 1918-45
  • Russia 1903-41

A2 level

  • Clash of Ideologies, 1900-2000
  • Partition of Ireland 1900-25




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