Late Modern History (1815-1993) Irish and European topics – each have six. Choosing History for the leaving cert because you thought it was easy at Junior cert is a dangerous move as the course is quite different and extremely detailed. In addition to this, a lot of the answers are in the style of an essay and a good standard of English is required. Up to 20% of your final result will be based on your research project done before the exam – worth 20%.

Layout?
The paper features a documents-based question and three general questions. All four questions carry equal marks.

Download the leaving cert History Syllabus here
Download the leaving cert History Chief examiner’s report (2011) here
Download the leaving cert History Guidlines for teachers here