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 20 marks and would be around 1000 words in length.  Unit 2 is assessed by answering 3 source based questions worth a total of 20 marks.

To gain an overall course award, pupils must also pass an assessment for each unit studied.

In addition, as part of their overall award, pupils will write a 1500 word Assignment on a question of their own choice taken from any of the three units of study undertaken.  They will have to answer their chosen essay question under exam conditions.  This essay will be externally assessed and is worth over 33% of pupils’ final grade.


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 (for example, those that studied Geography in S4) are welcome to discuss choices with Mr Baxby.

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.