Leaving Cert 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 Cycle.

Leaving Cert History Subject Content


The Leaving Cert History 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.

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