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St Andrew's RC High School

Respect, Happiness,
Confidence and Ambition

S5-6 History

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.



Entrance Requirement: National 5 in History. Pupils with a National 5 pass in both English and another social subject may be accepted at the discretion of the department

Course Content – 3 mandatory units (40 hours each)


Unit 1: British History: Scotland and Britain 1850-1979. A study of aspects of British history in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the development of democracy, the Labour movement, women’s suffrage, government and people’s lives and the changing identity of Scotland.

Unit 2: European and World History: The Growth of Nationalism and Hitler’s Germany 1918-

  1. Pupils study the reasons for nationalism in Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries, and examine the development of this new nation state up to 1939.

Unit 3: The Scottish element: The Wars of Independence. Pupils will examine the reason for the wars.


Advanced Higher

Entrance Requirement: While entry is at the discretion of the department, candidates would normally be expected to have attained either a course or the component units at Higher in History.

Course Content: 2 mandatory units:

Unit 1 – Historical Study

Unit 2 – Researching Historical Issues

How Higher and Advanced Higher courses can help you

Learners will develop higher order writing, thinking and analytical and processing skills. Learners will be expected to evaluate sources and to comment on these; to draw relevant information from sources and texts in order to write cogent and evaluative pieces of work. Learners are encouraged to express articulate and informed opinions, and to write technically literate answers, using diagrams where a appropriate. Learners will also develop skills that will allow them to make links across seemingly disparate subjects, and to understand at the same time why these inter-dependent links exist.


Criteria for Progression to the Next Level of Certification

Higher – Possible progression to Advanced Higher History

Advanced Higher – The qualification will also assist with the progression to Higher Education.

Advanced Higher leads directly onto first year study at university


 Assessment will include a dissertation and the course assessment.

For those pupils who are sitting the course assessment only, there is one mandatory unit. This is the Higher Assignment.  The course assessment will be graded A-D.

For those pupils who are not sitting the course assessment, there are three mandatory stand alone units that

are internally assessed on a pass/fail basis within centres and by the SQA. To gain the stand alone units, the learnermust pass all of the units as well as the Higher Assignment.

Expectations of the Department

Homework is issued regularly. This may involve class or extension work from class lessons or on the completion of exam style questions. Generally candidates should read over notes from class, complete work/homework and make more detailed notes from books where possible. Assignments should be completed by the date given.