• The syllabus framework comprises of two interlinking parts:
    • Working with evidence
    • Topics for study
  • Each topic is studied from a number of perspectives:
    • Politics and Administration
    • Society and Economy
    • Culture, Religion and Science
  • The listed ‘case studies’ involves an in-depth investigation of a particularly significant historical event
  • Topics for study:Students study a topic that has been prescribed for the documents-study and three other topics. Two of the topics studied relate to Irish history and two to the history of Europe and the wider world. The topics are arranged in two distinct fields of study: Early Modern, 1492-1815; Later Modern, 1815-1993. Within each field of study, there are six topics from Irish history and six from the history of Europe and the wider world.
  • Assessment: Leaving Certificate History is assessed at two levels – Ordinary level and Higher level and are made up of
    • An examination paper (80%)
    • A research study report - study of a subject of historical significance chosen by the student (20%)

Career opportunities

Leaving Certificate History prepares students for a range of career opportunities including:

Teacher, Lecturer, Archaeologist, Historian, Academic librarian, Civil Service administrator, Heritage manager, Museum/gallery conservator, Politician’s assistant, Records manager

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