Advanced Higher History

Course Overview

 Advanced Higher History offers pupils that succeeded in Higher History the opportunity to explore further a key area of historical significance.  Advanced Higher is especially useful to those that are planning to study History (or a related subject) at University.

Course Content

Historical Study – 80 Hours

Pupils will study The Spanish Civil War 1931–1939.  They will study areas such as the failure of the Monarchy in 1931: regional identities and tensions; the importance of the Roman Catholic Church; the power and attitude of the army; social conflict.   The coming of war: the range of political parties in Spain; political instability 1931-35; the creation of the Popular Front; the election of 1936.   The outbreak of civil war: the uprising, its supporters and early success; social upheaval in Republican Spain.   The defeat of the Republic: the International Brigades; the intervention of foreign powers; the non-intervention policy; the reasons for Franco’s victory.

 Historical Research:  40 hours:

The planning, research and production of a 4000 word dissertation on a question of the pupils’ choice, taken from any part of the topic. The dissertation is worth 50 marks and is externally assessed. 


Pupils generally work in class in a tutorial format, with discussion of reading forming the bulk of the teaching and learning.  On top of this, it is expected that pupils prepare for these classes by engaging in the core texts and handouts.  There is a real focus on independent learning throughout the year, and this is key if pupils are to succeed.


The External Assessment

This will consist of one 3 hour paper worth 90 marks: 

  • Part 1 consisting of two essay questions from a choice of six, each essay worth 25 marks
  •  Part 2 consisting of 3 source-based questions worth 40 marks


Pupils’ dissertation grade will also contribute to their final grade

Internal Assessment (NAB):

This will be broadly similar to the external exam with separate assessments which match Part 1 and Part 2.  It is necessary that you pass both assessments to gain an overall course award.



Homework and personal study is a major feature of Advanced Higher and pupils can assume a minimum of 3 hours every week should be dedicated to this demanding course.

 Entry Requirements: 

A pass in Higher History (ideally A or B) is essential.

 Progression Routes: 

Success in Advanced Higher will give pupils a superb grounding in the type of demands they will face when undertaking further study at university in virtually all degree level courses.

Recording and Reporting

Target setting is a key part of the course and pupils are involved in setting target from the start.  Feedback is always focused on how to improve and teacher-pupil conversations are regular.  Grades are monitored by the Principal Teacher on a regular basis, and any concerns are discussed at Departmental Meetings.  Any causes for concern result in contact with parents through Support for Pupils.  Letter regarding this are posted prior to each holiday.

Miss Muirhead

Mr Tweddle