"History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity." (Cicero)

Our Courses

S1-S6 courses are offered in the department

  • Each S1 and S2 class attends History and Modern Studies one period a week.
  • In S3 pupils attend 2 periods a week and follow a course which mirrors the National 4/5 course.
  • Nationals 3,4 and 5 are offered in S4. All classes attend 4 periods a week.
  • Cfe Higher courses are offered in S5/6 and these classes attend 5 periods a week inclusive of one double period.

S6 pupils who have a good higher pass also have the opportunity to study at Advanced Higher.   They usually spend 2 periods in a teacher led session with several study periods in the department


S1 – We follow 4 courses which run the length of the term and are assessed using written tasks.

  • What is history – a short course defining basic terms and skills used throughout school in history.
  • Scotland – The Making of a Nation – this course looks at how Scotland became a nation, identifying the tribes which came together and formed Scotland by 1018.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – this course investigates the real pirates, using various means of extracting and using historical information.
  • Children of the Industrial Revolution – Our final course of first year looks at the Victorian era from the point of view of its youngest members.


S2 – Second year follows a similar pattern giving pupils a wide variety of skills and contexts to study.

  • The Jacobite Rebellion – an investigation into the growth of Jacobite support and the conflict that follows.
  • The British Empire and the Boer Wars – here we look at the growth and impact of the British Empire before finishing with a case study on the Boer Wars.
  • The Rise and government of the Nazis – Within this  course we question how the Nazi party were accepted into power and retained that power.
  • The History of Medicine – this course provides a whistle stop tour through the technology and innovations that have been developed in medicine.


S3 – Third year students follow a course which mirrors the National courses in that it forms 3 units with a practise Added Value task.  This is done in order to prepare pupils for the rigour and expectations of 4th year.

  • Mary Queen of Scots (Scottish section) – this course follows the tragic life of the Scottish Queen and her relationship with her cousin, Elizabeth I.
  • Social Inequalities – This course identifies groups within Britain who have suffered inequalities, including women, immigrants and people in poverty.  Within this course a project will be completed with a similar structure to the Added Value project pupils complete in 4thyear.
  • The Cold War – our final course in 3rd year follows the course of increasing tension between East and West during the latter half of the 20th century.

·         All 3 of our courses introduce the skills required by pupils who study history during 4th year. 


Our National courses are run at National 3,4 and 5.  They all cover 3 contexts and these run alternately each year.  One year group will study Changing Britain 1760 – 1900, World War II and the Wars of Independence.  The next year group will study the Slave Trade, Free at Last – The growth of the American civil rights movement and the Era of the Great War.  This is to ensure that pupils studying National 3 or 4 can progress to National 4 or 5 without repeating content.

Senior students also have the opportunity to study at Higher and Advanced Higher level.  Higher students study the rise of German nationalism , Britain 1850 – 1951 and Migration and Empire in Scotland.  Advanced Higher students study the Scottish Wars of Independence in depth, studying in a manner very similar to what they will experience in Higher Education.

As you can see, the department offers a wide variety of topics and experiences for all students.  Pupils should also be aware that they can come to the department for help and advice during lunch times.

Anything Else

There are numerous websites that support pupils' study of history