Study History at Ashfield College

Leaving Certificate History can be studied as a one or two year programme as a full-time day school student.

Subject Group; Humanities

History aims to analyse things which have happened in the past, wondering how and why events occurred. It deals with human experience and it is often studied out of personal interest, but also develops important skills such as self-discipline and critical thinking which are of life-long importance. It is important to note that Leaving Cert History is completely different to the Junior Cert.

Teacher Profile

John-KilroyJohn Kilroy

B.A. (Hons), H Dip Ed, U.C.D.

Subjects: History, Classical Studies, English

John has over 25 years’ experience of teaching and management in both Ireland and England. He has been an Assistant Examiner for the Leaving Certificate in both History and Classical Studies for several years and is the published author of Leaving Cert exam strategy articles in Education Supplements in the National Press.

“John Kilroy’s notes are a life saver!
John keeps you interested throughout the year, engaging with each student.”

Rosaleen Aljohmani, Leaving Cert

“John is not just a great teacher, he is a great mentor for the Leaving Cert.”

Stephanie Grace, Repeat Leaving Cert


Subject Content
The course consists of the study of a variety of aspects of History under the following headings;

  • Northern Ireland
  • US & the Wider World
  • Dictatorship & Democracy in Europe
  • Anglo-Irish Treaty
  • Belfast Bombings

Exam Structure

The History Leaving Certificate exam is 80% written examination and 20% research study.  The written exam is 2 hours 50 minutes and you must write 3 essays and complete a document question.

To discuss whether History would be a good choice for your Leaving Certificate call 01 490 4050 and talk to one of our subject experts.

Data Source: Department of Education and Science and – data correct as of 27/7/2015