History National 4 and National 5

Course Outline

Pupils will study 3 topics, these will include:

Scottish Topic

Migration and empire, 1830–1939

    • Immigration to Scotland, 1830s–1939
    • Experience of immigrants to Scotland, 1880s–1939
    • Scottish emigration, 1830s–1939
    • Experience of Scots abroad, 1830s–1939

European and World Topic

Hitler & Nazi Germany, 1919-1939

    • Weimar Germany
    • Nazi Rise to Power
    • Nazi Control
    • Nazi Social & Economic Policies 

British Topic

Changing Britain, 1760-1914

    • Health & Housing
    • Industry - textiles & mining
    • Transport - canals & railways
    • The Pressure for Democratic Change


National 5 is the only level to have an external exam.  Pupils will have 1 hour 30 minutes to complete questions on all three topics studied (20 marks on each).  Pupils will also have to sit the ‘External Assignment', which is worth 25% of their final grade.  Pupils will also have to pass all National 5 Unit Assessments to qualify to sit the final exam. Pupils will be graded from A-D.

National 4 has no external exam.  Pupils will, however, have to pass all National 4 Unit Assessments as well as the ‘Added Value’ unit to gain an award.  Pupils will receive a pass or fail for the year.