If you want to know WHY then you’ll like History. We want to find out why things happened, we discuss and argue about what was more important. We present and put forward opinions. Check out the questions below.
These are vital skills in the wider world and particularly suited to anyone who wants to work in the media, law, police, tourism and the heritage industries. History is also particularly liked for entry to universities and colleges.
The History Course in S1, S2 and S3
From S1 until the end of S3, all pupils will experience a broad general education where they will work across the experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence. There is a specific emphasis on Scottish History and the interaction between historical developments in Scotland, Britain, Europe and the wider world.
In S1, all pupils will attend the Social Subjects department for three periods every week, during which time they will be taught history, geography and modern studies.
In S2 pupils will still have three periods of Social Subjects every week. Half the year they will be taught History by a member of History staff, and then for the other half of the year they will switch to be taught Geography by a Geography teacher. The topics pupils will study are: 'What Makes Scots?', 'How much can films tell us about World War II?', 'Did the 1960s really swing?' and 'How did medicine improve?'. More details of each topic can be found on the S1, S2 and S3 History page.
In S3, pupils are given the opportunity to choose which two of the Social Subjects they wish to specialise in. For full details of the choices available, see the S3 Coursing Handbook. Courses in S3 will deliver experiences and outcomes, which will prepare pupils for appropriate National Qualifications in S4.
In the S3 history course, pupils will use a wide range of resources including books, historical documents, ICT and audio visual materials. Pupils are strongly encouraged to make use of the internet which has become a vital tool for historical research. The wide range of transferable skills which pupils will have opportunities to acquire means the study of History has value for all pupils.
Pupils will be working on Experiences and Outcomes at Third and Fourth Level. The course prepares pupils for qualifications in History at National 3, National 4 or National 5 in S4. More details of each topic can be found on the S1, S2 and S3 History page.
History courses in S4, S5 and S6
In the Senior phase, pupils work on courses that lead towards National Qualifications at the end of S4, S5 and S6.
In S4, S5 and S6, pupils can choose to take courses in the History department. Each course takes five periods per week. For full details of the courses available, see the S4/5/6 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the History department in S4, S5 and S6 lead to awards in:
- History at National 3, National 4, National 5, Higher and (where demand exists) Advanced Higher level
The National 3/National 4/National 5 course in S4 consists of three units:
- Migration & Empire 1830-1939
- Atlantic Slave Trade, 1770–1807
- Hitler & Nazi Germany, 1919–1939
The National 5/Higher course in S5/6 consists of three units:
- Scottish and British Britain 1850s -1979
- European and World Large Scale State: Russia 1881- 1921 (the Russian Revolution)
- Wars of Independence