At Junior Cycle level students are now studying the new History specification. History will be a common level subject, no higher or ordinary level exams, for students sitting the exam from 2021 onwards. All information on the new assessment procedures, as well as resoucres, can be found here.
Leaving Certificate History deals with the experience of human life in the past. The study of history involves an investigation of the surviving evidence relating to such experience. It brings students into contact with human experiences that are often very different from their own and fosters their developing understanding of the human condition and human motivation. Through its focus on the evaluation of evidence, it contributes significantly to the development of students' skills of critical thinking. Through its focus on research, it allows students the opportunity to develop their skills of independent learning.