History

Course Level:  National 4

The Course develops a range of cognitive skills. It encourages active learning in the process of developing an understanding of people and society in the past. Learners will acquire and apply relevant knowledge and learn to apply skills of investigating, analysing and evaluating sources in order to understand and explain important historical events and themes.

The History course consists of four mandatory units:

Scottish: The Scots in World War One. Pupils will learn about the experience of Scots on the western front and how the war affected society, industry and politics in Scotland.

British: The Making of Modern Britain 1880 – 1951. Pupils will learn about social problems in Britain and how the laws were changed to improve lives.

European & world: The Cold War. Pupils will learn why the cold war started and how it was fought.

The Added Value Unit allows the learner to draw on, extend and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding they have acquired during the Course. The pupils can choose what topic they would like to investigate. This will be assessed by an internal assignment; this can be a poster, an essay, a podcast or presentation or any other acceptable format.

Course Level:  National 5

The purpose of the Course is to open up the world of the past for learners. History provides learners with insights into their own lives and of the society and the wider world in which they live.

By examining the past, learners can better understand their own communities, their country and the wider world. Through an understanding of the concept of continuity, they can better appreciate change and its significance, both in their own times and in the past.

The History course consists of three mandatory units:

Topics covered at National 5 are the same as at National 4. Pupils will develop knowledge to a greater depth and will develop more complex skills.

The Added Value Assignment allows the learner to draw on, extend and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding they have acquired during the Course. The pupils can choose what topic they would like to investigate. The assignment will be an essay written up under exam conditions and will be sent off and assessed by the SQA.

Further information can be obtained from:

(http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47447.html)