History

Welcome to History

The purpose of historical inquiry is not simply to present facts but to search for an interpretation of the past.

Historians attempt to find patterns and establish meaning through the rigorous study of documents and artefacts left by people of other times and other places.

Virtually every subject has a history and can be analysed and interpreted in historical perspective and context; the scope of historical inquiry is bound only by the quantity and quality of surviving documents and artefacts.

There is another reason to study history: it’s fun.

We aim to inspire and motivate learners to understand more about values, conflicts of ideas and how they can influence events by exercising democracy and citizenship. 

From S1 through to S6, the department give learners the opportunity to progress from BGE through to Highers. 

History Members of Staff: 

  • Mr Bell (Faculty Head) 
  • Mr Thompson
  • Mr Kennedy
  • Mr Louden (Principal Teacher of Pupil Support) 

History Topics 

Our Board General Education is delivered by each subject in the Humanities department. Every learner in S1 and S2 gets 1 period a week of History, alongside 1 period of Geography, Modern Studies and RME. 

S1 - S3

S1- Rich World Poor World

  • Africa Colonisation
  • The Slave Trade
  • Apartheid in South Africa
  • The Conquistadors
  • The Conquistadors in Mexico
  • Slavery in Brazil
  • America’s Indian Wars
  • The American Civil War
  • Slavery to Segregation

The Swinging Sixties

  • Why Study the Sixties?
  • Fashion and Change
  • Case Study- Mods and Rockers
  • Sport in the Sixties
  • Case Study- The Beatles
  • Changing Attitudes
  • Technology
  • The Space Race

S2- World War Two

  • Britain Declares War
  • Blitzkreig
  • The Battle of Britain
  • The Pacific Theatre
  • The Home Front
  • Operation Barbarossa
  • The Holocaust
  • The D-Day Landings
  • Hitler’s Vengeance Weapons
  • The Defeat of Germany
  • Victory over Japan

The Scottish Wars of Independence

  • Scotland in the Middle Ages
  • Life in the Middle Ages
  • The Feudal System
  • The Death of Alexander
  • Edward 1st Hammer of the Scots
  • The Norham Decision
  • Edward Invades Scotland
  • William Wallace
  • Guardian of Scotland
  • Execution of a Hero
  • Robert the Bruce
  • The Return of King Robert
  • Free at Last

S3- Revolutions

  • The French Revolution
  • Napoleon
  • The American Revolution
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Life in Industrial Britain

Twentieth Century Turmoil

  • Europe’s Slide into War
  • Nationalism
  • Militarism
  • Imperialism
  • Scots in the 1st World War
  • The Russian Revolution
  • Communism
  • Fascism
  • The Nazis

Senior Phase

N3/4/5 HISTORY S4

Aims

Unit 1-Scottish-The Era of the Great War 1910-28

Unit 2-British-The Making of Modern Britain 1880-1951

Unit 3-European and World-Hitler and Nazi Germany 1919-39

Added Value Unit

Progression into this Course

Entry to this Course is at the discretion of the centre.  Learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills and knowledge required by the following or by equivalent experience:

History National 4 or relevant component Units

Progression from this course/Careers

This Course or its Units may provide progression to other qualifications in History or related areas, further study, employment or training. 

Course Unit Description

3 Mandatory Units

  • Historical Study: Scottish
  • Historical Study: British
  • Historical Study: European and World

Course Assessment 

Description

Internal assessments will take place throughout each unit of work.

There will also be an external SQA examination together with an assignment.

Unit 1-Scottish-The Era of the Great War 1910-28

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. 

Unit 2-British-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. 

Unit 3-European and World-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.     

Assignment which is marked externally.

Component 1- Question paper -60 marks

Component 2- Assignment -20 marks

Total of 80 marks

SQA External exam. Time: 2 hour 20 minutes 

N5-S5/6 HISTORY

Aims

Unit 1-Scottish-Migration and Empire 1830-1939

Unit 2-British-The Atlantic Slave Trade 1770-1807

Unit 3-European and World-Free at Last? Civil Rights in the 

USA 1918-1968

Added Value Unit

Progression into this Course

Entry to this Course is at the discretion of the centre.  Learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills and knowledge required by the following or by equivalent experience:

History National 4 or relevant component Units

Progression from this course/Careers

This Course or its Units may provide progression to other qualifications in History or related areas, further study, employment or training. 

Course Unit Description

3 Mandatory Units

  • Historical Study: Scottish
  • Historical Study: British
  • Historical Study: European and World

Course Assessment 

Description

Internal assessments will take place throughout each unit of work.

There will also be an external SQA examination together with an assignment.

Unit 1-Scottish- 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. 

Unit 2-British- The Atlantic Slave Trade 1770-1807

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. 

Unit 3-European and World- Free at Last? Civil Rights in the USA 1918-1968

A study of the development of race relations in the USA during the years 1918–68, illustrating themes of ideas, identity and power. 

Assignment which is marked externally.

Component 1- Question paper -60 marks

Component 2- Assignment -20 marks

Total of 80 marks

SQA External exam. Time: 2 hour 20 minutes 

HIGHER HISTORY

Aims

Study 3 areas in depth, gaining an understanding of the important concepts which influenced the periods. Pupils will develop their skills of evaluating events by analysing and interpreting primary and secondary sources.

Progression into this Course

Entry to this Course is at the discretion of the centre.  Learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills and knowledge required by the following or by equivalent experience:

History National 5 or relevant component Units

Progression from this course/Careers

This Course or its Units may provide progression to other qualifications in History or related areas, further study, employment or training. 

Course Unit Description

3 Mandatory Units

  • Historical Study: Scottish
  • Historical Study: British
  • Historical Study: European and World

Course Assessment 

Description

Internal assessments will take place throughout each unit of work.

There will also be an external SQA examination.

Unit 1 Scottish- 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. 

Unit 2 British- 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. 

Unit 3 European and world- Germany 1815-1939

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. 

Extra Curricular 

Supported Study 

Supported Study is offered to those pupils seeking additional help or even to reinforce their learning in preparation for exams.  Also the Easter school provides extra support for upcoming SQA exams.

IDLs

The department collaboratively works alongside its fellow Humanities subjects and other departments in delivering and developing Inter-Disciplinary Learning. 

In S1 pupils will study ‘Rich World Poor World’ across the Humanities department.  The range of topics taught in History provides a relevant background to understanding the other Humanities subject contributions. At the end of this unit, pupils complete a group activity that ties together all of their learning across the Humanities department.