History (Junior Cert)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

The Study of History for the Junior Certificate Examination in Ireland can be examined in Higher Level or Ordinary Level.

This subject is not mandatory on a national scale. However, it is generally mandatory within schools. Like most subjects, more students choose to complete a higher level when studying history.

Ordinary Level[edit]

The Ordinary Level exam lasts one hour and thirty minutes (90 mins).
The paper includes six separate questions and a maximum of 180 marks.

Questions[edit]

Number Type Mark Recommended time to spend
Question 1 Sources: Pictures 35 marks 15 minutes
Question 2 Sources: Documents 35 marks 15 minutes
Question 3 Short Questions 60 marks 20 minutes
Question 4 People in History 50 marks 30 minutes

Higher Level[edit]

The exam lasts two hours and thirty minutes (150 minutes).
The paper includes four separate questions and a maximum of 180 marks.

Questions[edit]

Number Type Mark Recommended time to spend
Question 1 Picture Question 35 marks 10 minutes
Question 2 Document Questions 35 marks 10 minutes
Question 3 Short Questions 60 marks 20 minutes
Question 4 People in History 50 marks 25 minutes
Question 5 Long Document Question 30 marks 15 minutes
Question 6 A: Unknown until exam/B:Social Life/C: Political History/D:WWI & WWII 60 marks 20 minutes

Topics to be studied for the Junior Certificate are:

  • Historians, Archaeologists, Sources
  • Ancient Rome
  • Ancient Ireland
  • Early Christian Ireland
  • The Middle Ages/Medieval times
  • Monks and Friars
  • The Renaissance
  • Exploration and Discovery
  • The Reformation
  • Plantations in Ireland
  • The Revolution in America: 1775-1881
  • The French Revolution: 1789-1799
  • The Revolution in Ireland:1798
  • The Agricultural Revolution
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The Transport Revolution
  • Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century
  • The Home Rule Crisis in Ireland:1910-1914
  • The Easter Rising and After:1916-1918
  • War of independence and Civil War:1919-1923
  • Cumann na nGaedheal in power:1923-1932
  • Fianna Fáil in Government:1932-1948
  • The Inter-Party Government:1948-1951
  • From 1950 onward (Different Governments)
  • Northern Ireland:1920-2000
  • Dictatorship (knowledge of characteristics)
  • Fascist Italy
  • The Nazis take power in Germany
  • Hitler's Five Steps to War
  • World War II:1939-1945
  • The Super-powers & the Cold War:1945-1991
  • Social Changes in 20th Century Ireland

Also, note that Question 1 (Picture Questions), Question 2 (Document Questions) and Question 5 must be completed. Only 10 of 20 Short Questions (Question 3) are required to be completed. However, it is recommended that you answer all 20 Short Questions or as many as you can. In Question 4 (People in History) you have to answer one from 'A' and one from 'B'. Finally, in Question 6, only two of four questions are to be completed.

(It may be easiest to only have a brief knowledge of Dictatorship, Fascist Italy, The Nazis, Hitler's Five Steps to War, World War II and The Super Powers & Cold War. This would mean that you would have enough knowledge to complete short questions that come up but also you could focus on Parts 'A', 'B', and 'C' of Question 6)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]