History Higher

Course Outline

British History - Britain, 1851-1951 
• The growth of democracy, 1851-1928
• The Women's Suffrage Movement
• The Liberal Reforms, 1906-1914
• The Labour creation of the Welfare State, 1945-1951

Scottish History: Scotland and the Impact of the Great War, 1914-1928
• Experience of Scots on the Western Front
• Domestic Impact of War: Society & Culture
• Domestic Impact of War: Industry & Economy
• Domestic Impact of War: Politics

European & World History - USA, 1918-1968
• Immigration to the USA & the Multi-ethnic State
• Wall Street Crash & the Great Depression
• The growth of the Civil Rights Movement from 1945
• The growth of black radicalism in the 1960s


Units 1 and 3 are assessed through the writing of two essays in response to previously unseen questions. Each essay is worth 22 marks and would be around 1000 words in length. Unit 2 is assessed by answering 3 source based questions worth a total of 36 marks.

In addition, as part of their overall award, pupils will write an Assignment on a question of their own choice.  They will have to answer their chosen essay question under exam conditions.  This essay will be externally assessed and is worth 27% of pupils’ final grade. 

• Exam Paper One, 1 hour 30 minutes, 44 marks
• Exam Paper Two, 1 hour 30 minutes, 36 marks
• Assignment- 1 hour 30 minutes, 30 marks


There will be regular homework in the form of essays and source questions, and also completion of any unfinished notes or preparation for future classes.

Entry Requirements

Pupils should have attained, or expect to attain, a pass at National 5 History. Pupils that do not have these entry requirements are welcome to discuss choices with Pupil Support and the Faculty.

Progression Routes

Pupils who achieve a Higher Pass (Grade A or B) at the end of S5 are encouraged to undertake an Advanced Higher History course in S6.  A pass in Higher History is also a very acceptable entry qualification for all university courses and is well respected by employers.

Common career and study paths include humanities, social sciences, law and languages, education, law, management, public administration etc.