Scottish Context

Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s past while developing relevant skills, by studying one of the following options.

·         Migration and Empire, 1830-1939

o   A study of the causes and results of the movement of population into and away from Scotland during the period 1830s to 1930s, focusing on issues of identity and community and on the experiences of migrants in their new countries or communities.

·         The Great War, 1900-1928

o   A study of the experiences of Scots in the Great War and its impact on life in Scotland. This topic considers the impact of technology on the soldiers on the Western Front. It also considers the way in which the war changed life for people at home as the war began to impact on every aspect of life both during and after the war.

British Context

Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past while developing relevant skills, by studying one of the following options.

·         The Making of Modern Britain, 1880-1951

o   A study of the changing role of central government in tackling the problem of poverty, considering the themes of ideas and rights and the development of new relationships between the people of Britain and their government. This is a study of the forces which created modern Britain.

·         The Atlantic Slave Trade, 1770-1807

o   A study of the nature of the British Atlantic slave trade in the late eighteenth century, changing attitudes towards it in Britain and the pressures that led to its abolition, illustrating the themes of rights, exploitation and culture.

European and World Context

Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of past events in an International country while developing relevant skills, by studying one of the following options.

·         Hitler and Nazi Germany, 1919-1939 (N5)

o   A study of attempts to establish democracy in Weimar Germany, the reasons for its collapse and the nature of the Nazi State.

·         Germany, 1815-1939 (H)

o   A study of the growth of nationalism in 19th -century Germany leading to the overcoming of obstacles to unification of the nation by 1871, and the development of extreme nationalism after 1918, illustrating the themes of nationalism, authority and conflict.

·         Red Flag: Lenin and the Russian Revolution, 1881-1921

o   A study of the development of opposition to autocracy in a large multi-national state, the collapse of the Tsarist regime and the rise of the Bolsheviks during the years 1881–1921, illustrating the themes of ideology, identity and authority

How will I be assessed?

At National 4 level, pupils will be expected to pass all three unit assessments and an internally assessed Added Value Unit on a topic of their choice.

At National 5 level, pupils will research an assignment topic within class time and write an essay on that topic in timed conditions. The assignment is worth 20% of the overall grade.  They will also have written examination that lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes and is worth the remaining 80% of their grade.

At Higher level, pupils must pass all 3 unit assessments, an external assignment (33% of final grade) during class time and an external examination (67% of final grade).  The external assessment will consist of a written examination which lasts 2 hours 20 minutes.

What homework will I be expected to do?

Homework will be given regularly throughout the course, usually on a weekly basis.  Homework will be issued through ShowMyHomework.

Possible careers after studying History include:

Museum Curator                              Media

Teacher                                             Writer

Librarian                                            Business

Archivist                                             Charity worker

Researcher                                       Public Sector administration

Politics                                               Legal Services

Publishing                                         Historian


The links below provide information from the SQA on History including past papers and marking solutions.

SQA Subject Page for National 4 History

SQA Subject Page for National 5 History

SQA Subject Page for Higher History

Visit our History Department Website by clicking here

Pupil Information about studying History

So, why History?

I personally thought History was a very interesting and fascinating subject that showed me how different our World is through different political and social changes throughout the ages. History is a subject that I was always had a deep interest in ever since a young age and so that is why I took it.

What are the requirements?

In general, if you are looking to do National 4 or 5 History, no other qualifications are required to start. If you are looking to do Higher, at least a C in National 5 should be enough in order for you to take the course.

What topics do you cover?

Three different areas are covered throughout one year. Scottish, British and World contexts. There are several different specific parts within the contexts that can be studied. For the Scottish context, anything from the Independence Wars to the First World War is covered. For the British context, the Creation of the Medieval Kingdoms or the Atlantic Slave Trade or even how Modern Britain was created can be studied. For the final European Context, it ranges from the Crusades to the Cold War.

Is there a lot of homework?

Homework varies and with most subjects there is going to be some homework but there isn’t a lot of homework at the start but as exam time moves closer and closer you get more and more homework.

What careers look for history as a subject?

Careers from accountancy, law, journalism, librarianship, museum studies, teaching or even just a history degree that you can go on to study into a more specific area.

What kinds of assessments are there?

There is a formal assessment at the end of each Scottish, British and World context that needs completed although, resits can be completed if you fail it. There is also an assignment that is worth a great deal of marks towards your final exam that also needs completed in class.

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