In the history department, we aim to stimulate the students interest in, and understanding of, the past. Our aim is to equip every student to comprehend society, culture and politics in all their diversity through using the skills of the historian. By fostering independence of thought it is hoped to encourage appreciation of diversity of opinion, attitudes and values. Students learn to work collaboratively and independently, thus perfecting and developing different techniques, skills, and critical faculties.

We aim to:

  • develop the knowledge, understanding, concepts, skills and values that are fundamental to the study of history;
  • develop the ability to think independently;
  • develop a range of research skills;
  • develop pupils’ interest and enthusiasm for the work of the historian and an enjoyment of the study of human activity in the past;
  • develop an understanding that historical narratives must be based on evidence and that evidence may be open to different interpretations; and
  • develop a commitment to the pursuit of objectivity and fair-mindedness.

A Level

Through the study of A Level History, students will explore the key political, economic and social events that have helped shape today’s institutions, governments and societies both at home and further afield.

History combines well with English Literature, Modern Languages, Government and Politics, Geography and Religious Education. It also offers breadth of study to those who opt for Mathematics and the Sciences. History provides a sound background for university and further education courses and is of particular use to those pupils who might wish to enter the teaching or legal professions, journalism, publishing, the civil service or aspects of public service.

AS 1: Historical Investigations and Interpretations

Germany 1918 -1945

  • The Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi Party 1918-1929
  • The decline of Weimar & Rise of the Nazis 1929 – 33
  • Developments in Nazi Germany 1933 – 1945

AS 2: Historical Conflict and Change

Russia 1903-1941

  • The Revolutions of February and October 1917
  • Stalin’s rise to power and dictatorship 1924 – 41
  • The Economy 1924-1941

A2 1: Change Over Time

Clash of Ideologies 1900-2000

  • Russia and Europe 1900 – 1917
  • Revolutionary Russia and opposition from Western Europe 1917 – 1933
  • The struggle for survival 1933 – 45
  • The search for security 1945 – 56
  • Co-operation and coexistence 1956 – 79
  • Soviet aggression, decline and collapse 1979 – 91

A2 2: Historical Investigations and Interpretations

Partition of Ireland 1900-1925

  • Home Rule Crisis 1900-1914
  • Political Developments 1914-1918
  • Political Developments 1919-1923

AS 1: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS, 20% of A Level)

AS 2: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS, 20% of A Level)

A2 1: 1 hour (20% of A Level)

A2 2: 2 hours (40% of A Level)


GCSE History provides pupils with an opportunity to study some of the most controversial and dramatic periods of both local and world history. Topics featured in the newly revised GCSE course include Nazi Germany, the Cold War, the global ‘War on Terror’ of the early 21st Century and Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’.

The skills taught in History are appreciated in many careers including law, journalism, industry and education. History is a very useful ‘bridge’ subject which combines well with sciences, languages and literary subjects.  It is also a very appropriate choice if you wish to keep your options open.

Pupils study the following units:

Unit 1

Section A: Modern World Studies

  • Life in Nazi Germany 1933 – 45

Section B: Local Study

  • Changing Relationships: Northern Ireland and its Neighbours 1965 1998

Unit 2

International Relations 1945 – 2003

  • The Cold War 1945 – 1991
  • New tensions emerge 1991 – 2003

Paper 1 Study in Depth: 1 Hour 45 minutes (60% of GCSE course)

  • Section A Life in Nazi Germany c1918 -c1945
  • Section B Changing relationships: Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland C1965-1998:

Paper 2 Outline Study: 1 hour 15 minutes (40% of GCSE course)

  • The Cold War c1945 – c1998

Controlled Assessment

There is no longer a Controlled Assessment component included in the GCSE course.

Key Stage 3Year 8 – The Medieval World

Term 1

  • Skills in History
  • The Normans in England
  • Tracking Assessment 1 (Winter Exam)

 Term 2

  • The Normans in Ireland
  • The Black Death
  • Tracking Assessment 2

Term 3

  • The Age of Discovery
  • The Slave Trade
  • Tracking Assessment 3 (Summer Exam)

Year 9 – The Partition of Ireland 1500-1900

This year we will study the events which eventually led to the partition of Ireland in 1921.

Term 1

  • The Reformation in Europe
  • Henry VIII and the Break from Rome
  • The Reign of Elizabeth I
  • Tracking Assessment 1

Term 2

  • The Ulster Plantation
  • The United Irishmen and the Act of Union
  • Tracking Assessment 2

Term 3

  • The Great Famine.
  • Partition
  • Tracking Assessment 3

Year 10 – The 20th Century

This year we will study major events which affected the world and Northern Ireland in the 20th Century.

Term 1

  • The Great War (World War 1)
  • Tracking Assessment 1

Term 2

  • The Rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust
  • GCSE Options
  • Tracking Assessment 2

Term 3

The Consequences of Partition in N Ireland: ‘From Civil Rights to the Good    Friday Agreement’

  • Tracking Assessment 3

Career Pathways

In the past 5 years, pupils at Bloomfield who have studied A Level History have gained entry to a wide range of university courses including Aeronautical Engineering, Accountancy, Computing, Dentistry, Finance, Law, Medicine and Sports Sciences.

The Russell Group of leading UK Universities lists A Level History as one of its recommended ‘facilitating subjects’ which are particularly effective in equipping students with the skills they need for a large number of competitive courses and in increasing a student’s chances of getting on to those courses.

The Higher Education Statistical Agency places History in the top five disciplines in terms of successful employability within the six months of graduation.

Many History graduates move into jobs as researchers while employment can also be found with a variety of government departments and agencies, both local and national.

Further career options can include working in teaching (both primary and secondary), business management, libraries, museums or galleries not forgetting archaeology. Due to their solid foundation in research and analysis, a significant number of history graduates pursue careers in the law. History graduates generally possess high levels of literacy and critical thinking abilities, so are often suited to careers in journalism.

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