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Higher History

Higher History reflects Curriculum for Excellence values, purposes and principles. It offers flexibility, provides time for learning, focus on skills and applying learning, and provides scope for personalisation and choice. Pupils will acquire breadth and depth in their knowledge and understanding of the past through the study of British, European and world, and Scottish contexts in a variety of time periods. Pupils will develop:

  • a conceptual understanding of the past and an ability to think independently
  • a range of skills including the ability to apply a detailed historical perspective in a range of contexts
  • the skills of analysing various interpretations of historical sources and critically evaluating a variety of views
  • an understanding of the relationship between factors contributing to, and the impact of, historical events
  • the skills of analysing, evaluating and synthesising historical information
  • the skills of researching complex historical issues, drawing well-reasoned conclusions

Entry requirements: Pupils should have achieved the National 5 History course or equivalent qualifications and/or experience prior to starting this course.

Scottish Unit: Scottish Wars of Independence

Political change and military conflict arising from the Wars of Independence. Themes: authority, conflict and identity.

British Unit: Britain: 1850-1951

Development of the United Kingdom into a modern democracy and the development of the role of the state in the welfare of its citizens. Themes: authority, ideology and rights.

Europe and the World Unit: USA, 1918-68

Growing tensions in American society, focusing on racial divisions, economic difficulties, the growth of federal powers and the struggle for civil rights. Themes: ideology, identity and rights.





Component 1: question paper 1— British, European and world history


1 hour and 30 minutes

Component 2: question paper 2 — Scottish



1 hour and 30 minutes

Component 3: assignment


1 hour and 30 minutes