Studying History provides us with an insight into our own lives and of the society and the wider world in which we live. Through an understanding of the concept of continuity, you can better appreciate change and its significance, both in your own times and in the past. It is also intended to enable you to develop skills in explaining historical developments and events, evaluating sources and drawing conclusions.
The skills you learn in History are valuable in a wide range of career sectors, including public administration, business management, law, museum work, teaching and journalism.
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Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved:
History helps you to understand the world. You will study topics from Scottish, British, European and world history, including aspects of political, social, economic and cultural history. You will learn how to investigate, analyse and evaluate sources in order to understand and explain historical events. You will learn how to research and present information on historical developments.
The course comprises three areas of study.
Historical Study: Scottish
Historical Study: British
Historical Study: European and World
The course assessment has two components totalling 100 marks:
For the assignment component, you will be asked to choose and research a topic drawn from Scottish, British or European and world contexts and record and organise your findings. The assignment component will be set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The question paper will be set and marked externally by the SQA.
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:
Further study, training or employment in:
Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.
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