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Course Outline

The Junior Cycle History course encompasses an overview of archaeology and the ancient world, a study of change during the Renaissance and the Reformation, the dangerous times of the American and French Revolutions as well as the 1798 rebellion in Ireland.  Towards the end of the Junior Cycle, students study the changing face of Ireland, both politically and socially.  They also study international relations during WWII and the Cold War.

History deals with the experience of human life in the past.  Knowledge of the past helps students to better understand the present and to learn from the mistakes of the past.  The study of history, research skills and objectivity helps the student to acquire a more balanced view of the nature of human experience.

Project Work

Students of history are brought on a tour in 1st Year to a chosen historical site around the country.  There are also opportunities during the junior cycle to engage in class projects and individual research studies.


Students are divided into honours and pass grades in 3rd year.  This is done in consultation with parents and teachers of the topic.  Students are advised on their choice depending on their test scores and class performance.

The history exam at ordinary level is 90 minutes long.  It contains 4 sections including picture questions, document questions, short-answer questions and 2 essay questions.

The honours history paper is 150 minutes long and contains 6 sections.  The first 4 sections are similar to the ordinary level paper, with questions requiring more detailed answers.  Sections 5 & 6 require the honours student to have a comprehensive knowledge of the history course and contain 1/3 of the overall marks.




Glenamaddy Community School, Church Street, Glenamaddy, Via Castlerea, Co. Galway, F45KF50 


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