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In the History Department, pupils develop their writing, debating and analytical skills – this is very useful in the job market after school. 

History is a subject that teaches pupils about events in the past, which have shaped the world we live in now. When you’re trying to make sense of the world it helps to have an awareness of problems in the past. Terrorism, economic crises, racism, sexism, bigotry and genocide are not modern day inventions; they have existed worldwide for centuries. When we look at these problems, as they existed in the past, we can understand them better when they happen in our time.  

A good pass grade in History can lead to careers in areas such as: Journalism, Law, Healthcare, Business / Finance and Teaching

Pupils who studied History have gained work in a wide variety of fields. Examples include: Marketing, I.T., Armed forces, Engineering, Hospitality / Catering, Creative arts, Childcare

In the History Department, pupils engage in a wide variety of activities, such as:

  • Writing notes in jotters
  • Watching educational DVDs
  • Carrying out research
  • Working in groups
  • Designing power-points
  • Using fun interactive websites
  • Role-play exercises
  • Class debates
  • Practising past papers

In the History Department, we teach the following:


In the Junior Phase:

In S1 + S2 – See Social Studies

In S3 – Pupils will study three topics.

The History of Medicine: What developments were made in medicine from prehistoric times to the 20th century? Who made important contributions to medicine?

The USA 1850-1880: Why did American settlers move West? What impact did this have on the Native American population? What caused the Civil War? What attempts were made at reconstruction?

The First World War: Why did this horrific war, which killed 12 million men, begin? How was it fought? Why did the fighting come to an end?


Pupils will be given homework on a weekly basis.   This will be taken from the assessment booklet.

In the Senior Phase:

National 4 and National 5 - Pupils will study three topics.

Hitler and Nazi Germany, 1919–39

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

The Making of Modern Britain, 1880-1951

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.

Migration and empire, 1830–1939

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.


Pupils will sit an exam on the above topics. For the Added Value Unit, pupils will research a topic of their own choice, and complete the assignment under timed conditions.


Pupils will be given weekly homework.   This will consist of practising National 5 questions and carrying out research for their assignment (this is due in November).

Higher History 

Pupils will study three topics.

Later Modern History - Britain 1851 1951

A study of the development of the United Kingdom into a modern democracy and the development of the role of the state in the welfare of its citizens, illustrating the themes of authority, ideology and rights.

Later Modern History - USA 1918-68

A study of the growing tensions in American society, focusing on racial divisions, economic difficulties, the growth of federal powers and the struggle for civil rights, illustrating the themes of ideology, identity and rights.

The Impact of the Great War, 1914-1928

A study of conflict and its political, social, economic and cultural effects, illustrating the themes of conflict, change and identity.


Pupils will sit an exam on the above topics. Pupils will also research a topic of their own choice, and write an essay under timed conditions.


Pupils will be required to complete 8 essays of around 800 words as well as shorter source handling questions.  They will also be carrying out reasearch for their 1500 word assignment that is due to be completed in March.


Advanced Higher History 

Japan:; From Medieval to Modern State 1850’s – 1920’s

A study of the rapid transformation of life in Japan  which provides invaluable insights into the Modern World

Assessment is though essays, the evaluation of sources and a dissertation



Pupils will be expected to carry out a great deal of research through reading historical texts.  The research will be used for essays and source handling questions that are completed on a weekly basis.   Pupils will also be preparing for their 4000 word dissertation.

Additional Resources

We would recommend that you also look at

National 4 /5 History

Higher History

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