History – Eachdraidh

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History is about understanding the reasons for change. Studying History encourages students to think for themselves and make decisions on the basis of evidence. In addition to developing their knowledge and understanding, pupils will also learn how to evaluate a range of historical sources, critically assess the impact of historical events and draw relevant, balanced conclusions. There will be an emphasis on furthering literacy and numeracy skills in a historical context. Students will also be encouraged to develop higher order thinking skills and apply these in various enterprising challenges.

Beyond school there is a wide range of careers to which History can contribute.

The civil service, journalism, law, the media, the arts, leisure and tourism, police, teaching, the heritage business and commerce all value the skills History seeks to develop i.e. the ability to undertake thorough research, think carefully, question, report clearly and make balanced judgements.

History is an advantage in many careers – it is a disadvantage in none.

In the Broad General Education (S1-S3) students study a range of topics including:

Scotland’s First People
The Vikings
The Norman Conquest
The Plague
Mary Queen of Scots

In the Senior Phase (S4-S6) students at National 4/5 level study topics from the following:

Changing Britain 1760-1900
The Era of the Great War 1910-1928
Hitler and Nazi Germany, 1919–1939

At Higher level students study topics from the following:

The Wars of Independence 1249 – 1328
Britain 1851-1951
Germany 1815 – 1939

For more information visit the SQA History webpage: https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45628.html

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