Course Overview

S3 builds on the skills and content explored in S1/2 and sees pupils exploring themes of Scottish and European History.

In S3, pupils follow a course that allows them to develop the skills and knowledge to make a smoother step up to S4.  As such, we introduce the ideas, concepts and skills that will help them with History (and other subjects) in S4.



A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning are used.  Pupils are expected to organise and maintain their own folder of work, which acts as course notes and material for revision.  Pupils are engaged in a range of activities including; group work, presentations, whole-class discussion and debate, independent research tasks, as well as more traditional written work.


Course Content

Pupils focus on Scottish History for most of S3, examining the reasons for immigration to Scotland in the 19th and 20th Century.  We also investigate the experience of immigrants in Scotland.  This first topic finishes with an investigation into successful Scottish emigrants and their contribution to the World.  For example, pupils may decide to look deeper into the life of Andrew Carnegie.

In the second unit, we examine the impact of the First World War on  Germany, focusing on the Treaty of Versailles.  This leads pupils to look at the Weimar Republic, and directly links to the start of the S4 course on Nazi Germany.  It is intended to provide as smooth a transition as possible.

Skills development:

  • Describing historical events and developments
  • Explain the cause or impact of a development
  • Evaluating the usefulness of sources
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Researching
  • Investigating
  • Presenting


Pupils are assessed through a variety of methods including; classwork, homework, end of unit tests.  All of these are recorded centrally by the teacher and are regularly monitored by the Principal Teacher.


Homework tends to be preparation for the assessments, and is in the form of traditional written exercises.  Pupils can expect a piece of formal homework every 2-3 weeks.  The department is currently working on a homework booklet for each unit.


Recording & 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 bt the Principal Teacher on a monthly basis, and any concerns are discussed at Departmental Meetings.  Any causes for concern are communicated with parents through Support for Pupils.

 S3 Course Timeline