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The aim of the Social Studies Department is to make our subjects enjoyable, relevant and educational to pupils at all levels. As our school aim is to promote personal excellence and mutual respect for all we see our subjects as a medium to this end.

This aim enables our department not only to pursue academic progress both inside and out of the classroom but to widen the pupils’ personal development socially and morally in preparation for the world ahead.

The Social Studies Department is made up of three subject areas History, Geography and Travel and Tourism. History and Geography are currently taught throughout Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. Travel and Tourism is an option for all CLC pupils at Key Stage 5.

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History provides a way of examining the issue of mutual respect through different stages of the curriculum.

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Course of Study at Key Stage 3:

Year 8

  • Normans
  • The Feudal System
  • Castles
  • The Normans in Ireland

Year 9

  • The Reformation
  • The Armada
  • Exploration
  • The Plantations of Ireland
  • The Williamite Wars

Year 10

  • The Act of Union
  • The Growth of the Industrial NE and Unionism
  • The Famine
  • Home Rule and Partition
  • World War One
  • Steps to Partition
  • From Partition to the Troubles
  • The Troubles in Ireland

Field Trip Opportunities

  • Year 8 – Carrick Castle Visit


Throughout the Geography course at Key Stage 3 pupils have the opportunity to develop Map skills and to explore exciting themes relevant to them and the world around them.


Course of Study at Key Stage 3;

Year 8

  • What is Geography?
  • Map skills and Location knowledge- British Isles
  • Settlement
  • Volcanoes
  • Tourism
  • Current issue

Year 9

  • Map skills and 6 figure Grid References
  • Europe and the European Union
  • Water cycle
  • Rivers and coasts
  • Weather and climate
  • Global warming (controlled assessment)
  • Renewable resources and sustainability

Year 10

  • Map skills – GCSE style
  • Earthquakes and tsunamis
  • Development
  • Population
  • Ecosystems

History is a popular choice at GCSE level and we endeavour to enter all students for GCSE. We follow an exciting course which takes our students through American history from the Plains Indians to the Wild West!

Students will study Medicine through the ages from Prehistoric Medicine up to the present day.


  • Controlled Assessment Yr 12 – An investigation of Carrickfergus Castle.
  • June of Year 12 – Paper 1 + 2

Field Trips

  • Year 12 – Carrick Castle

Through the CCEA Geography Course, GCSE Geographers will explore 6 broad themes from why earthquakes occur to Global Warming and Renewable energy. The course consists of:

Year 11

  • The Dynamic landscape
  • Our Changing Weather and Climate
  • The Restless Earth

Year 12

  • People and Where They Live
  • Contrast in World Development
  • Managing Our Resources

Controlled Assessment Yr12 – A River Study of the Colin Glen River (inc. fieldtrip)

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For students who would be unable to achieve a grade at GCSE level we offer Entry Level History or Geography which enables every student to experience success at Key Stage 4.


GCE Geography is a CLC subject, currently taught between Downshire School and Carrickfergus Grammar.

The GCE Geography course consists of;

Unit AS 1: Physical Geography (inc. fieldwork skills)

  • Rivers
  • Ecosystems
  • Weather

Exam length – 1hr 30mins

Unit AS 2: Human Geography (inc. skills and techniques)

  • Population
  • Rural and Urban Environments
  • Development

Exam length – 1hr 30mins

Unit A2 1: Human Interactions and Global Issues

  • Impact of population Change
  • Issues in Ethnic Diversity
  • Global Issues

Exam length – 1hr 30mins

Unit A2 2: Physical Geography and Decision-Making

  • Fluvial and Coastal Environments
  • The Dynamic Earth
  • Decision Making Paper

Exam length – 2hr 30mins


The GCE History course consists of the following units-

A/S Level History

  • AS 1 Option 5: Germany 1918-1945
  • AS 2 Option 5: Russia 1903-1941

A2 History

  • A2 1 Option 5: Clash of Ideologies 1900-2000
  • A2 2 Option 4: Partition of Ireland 1900-1925

So far our success rate has been excellent and we are confident students will achieve top grades in the future.

Travel and Tourism (Applied)

This is the ideal qualification for students who hope to pursue a career in the Tourism / Leisure industries. The 6 unit course is spread over two years, at A/S Level pupils will study

  • Unit G720: Introducing travel and tourism
  • Unit G721: Customer service in travel and tourism
  • Unit G722: Travel destinations

At A-Level the pupils will study

  • Unit G729: Event management
  • Unit G731: Ecotourism
  • Unit G735: Human resources in travel and tourism

The students participating in this subject will have the opportunity to go on local trips to tourist venues.

Also the pupils will have the opportunity to undertake event planning as throughout the course they will organise and run events for academic and fund raising purposes.

  • OCR Schools History Project
  • CCEA Geography
  • History
  • Geography
  • Travel and Tourism