At senior cycle, the syllabus involves a detailed study of a number of historical topics and it provides an opportunity to explore aspects of these topics in greater detail. There is an emphasis on developing the skills of the historian, specifically relating to skills relating to working with evidence and conducting research.
Students will study two topics from later modern Irish history and two from later modern European history.
They will also undertake a documents-based study of one of the syllabus topics as a primary means of developing their skills in working with evidence.
Students will also complete an independent research study of a significant historical subject, (worth 20% of the final grade in the terminal exam) as a means of developing further their skills in working with evidence and as a primary means of developing their research skills.