S5 / S6 History

History Higher
History Advanced Higher

NEW HIGHER HISTORY
General
Historical Study provides a secure basis for more advanced education. It develops communicative skills and the ability to think critically and creatively. It is useful for pursuing careers in many different fields including law, journalism, tourism, education, public administration, civil service and business.
Preferred Entry Requirements:
Pupils would normally be expected to have attained: Grade A-C in National 5 History
The New Higher History course is intended to build on the knowledge and skills of the National 4 and 5 course.. The overall aims are a focus on historical understanding and analysis through structured and extended writing, and through the interpretation, evaluation and comparison of sources of historical evidence. Pupils are also encouraged to take more independent responsibility for their own learning through research, discussion and debate.

Unit 1 - Later Modern British History 1851 - 1951
A study of the development of the UK into a modern democracy, and the development of the role of the state in the welfare of its citizens, focussing on the following themes;
• 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
• The reasons why and how Britain became more democratic 1851-1928
• Social Welfare Reforms under the Liberals 1906-14
• Social Welfare Reforms under the Labour Party 1945-51

Unit 2 - The United States of America 1918 – 1968:
A study of the growing tensions in American society, focussing on racial divisions, economic difficulties, the growth of federal powers and the struggle for civil rights, with the following themes;
• Immigration in the 1920s
• The American Economy in the 1920s and 1930s
• Prohibition, Organised Crime and the Jazz Age
• The Struggle for Civil Rights before and after 1945
• Black Radical Protest

Unit 3 –The Scottish Wars of Independence, 1249-1328:
The Background to the wars
Issue 1- Scotland 1249-96: The succession problem and the Great Cause
Issue 2- John Balliol and Edward I 1292-6
Issue 3- William Wallace and Scottish resistance
Issue 4- The rise and triumph of Robert Bruce
Perspective: The significance of the Wars of Independence in the development of Scottish identity.
Nature and Timing of Assessment
To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all the Units as well as the Course assessment. Course assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the Course award.
Course Assessment
The Course assessment will consist of two Components: a question paper and an assignment:
Component 1- The question paper will have 60 marks
This question paper has three Sections with the following mark allocations:
♦ Section 1: Historical Study: Scottish (20 marks).
♦ Section 2: Historical Study: British (20 marks).
♦ Section 3: Historical Study: European and World (20 marks).

Component 2 — assignment will have 30 marks

Conducting the assessment:

♦ within 1 hour and 30 minutes
♦ with the use of specified resources
♦ independently by the learner within the school

History - Advanced Higher
General
Historical study provides a secure basis for more advanced education. The ability to work individually on open-ended tasks and use reasoned argument to support conclusions are essential features of the course. The course involves a high degree of individual study and commitment - important skills for people going onto Higher Education. Overall, Advanced Higher History develops communication skills and the ability to think critically and creatively and is useful for pursuing careers in fields such as law, journalism, tourism, civil service and business.
Preferred Entry Requirements
Candidates will normally be expected to have gained an A or B pass in Higher History.
Structure and Content of Course
The Advanced Higher is intended to give pupils the opportunity to acquire depth in the knowledge and understanding of historical themes and topics. They will be required to handle detailed information to analyse events and historical issues. The skills of research, planning, preparation and presentation will be required for a Dissertation on a specific historical issue relating to the Field of Study.
Field of Study: Soviet Russia 1917-1953
• Decline of the Tsarist State, World War One and the February Revolution.
• The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and Lenin in power.
• The Civil War: reasons for Bolshevik victory, role of Trotsky and the Red Army.
• The Stalinist State: Secret Police, Terror, the Purges and Show Trials.
• Soviet economic progress under Stalin: The Five –Year Plans and Collectivisation.
• Stalin and the Second World War.
• Soviet Russia and post-war Europe.
Nature and Timing of Assessment
To gain the award of the course the Internal Assessment must be passed as well as the External Assessment.
External Assessment
Exam Paper (Three hours)
Part 1 - Pupils will be required to answer two essay questions. This paper will count for 50 marks.
Part 2 - Questions will be based on a set of document sources relating to the Field of Study. This paper will count for 40 marks.
Dissertation - Pupils will research and write a Dissertation chosen from their Field of Study. The Dissertation should not be more than 4000 words in length. It will be externally marked and is worth 50 marks.