Social subjects with HISTORY


The 3rd year History course allows candidates to develop a greater understanding of the world by learning about other people and their values, in different times, places and circumstances. The course helps candidates to explore and develop an understanding of why key events happened and their impact on the world today.  They will be able to link what they have learned S2 with topics covered in the S3 course. This will be achieved through the study of two main units, World War One and Civil Rights in America. There is also a research project into Trench life which prepares pupils for their assignment at National 4/5 level. 


S3  History gives candidates opportunities to develop greater understanding of famous key events in world history its impact on the development of the modern world.  Pupils develop important attributes such as confidence, teamwork, an open mind and respect for the values, beliefs and cultures of others; openness to new thinking and ideas; and a sense of responsibility and global citizenship.   


The course also emphasises the development and application of skills. The focus on evaluating sources develops candidates’ thinking skills. They also develop skills in literacy through using and synthesising information in different ways.  


By working through the units which make up the S3 History course you will experience and develop:  

  • An understanding of the past and an ability to think independently   

  • an understanding of the relationship between factors contributing to, and the impact of, historical events   

  • the skills of analysing, evaluating and synthesising historical information  

  • the skills of researching historical issues, drawing reasoned conclusions  


The course assessment consists of a variety of different learning experiences such as group work, presentations, class discussions, analyzing music and movie clips, class debates, a court re-enactment as well as assessments at the end of each topic.  Pupils will develop their skills on how to answer exam type questions which can be used if they wish to continue further with History.  


Pupils will also carry out a research project into life in the Trenches or the Causes of WW1 which is set out similar to what is expected at the National 4 level.  


Everything you need to know before selecting this course


Homework is given out throughout the course to consolidate the key areas of learning, to carryout research or to demonstrate the level of understanding 

How you will be assessed

End of unit assessments which cover key Benchmarks 

Extended answers, evaluating sources, through class debates and a research project. 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Most careers will benefit from your experience in History however some jobs more closely related to the skills and knowledge developed include teacher, art gallery curator, museums work, tourism, archivist, antiques dealer, archaeologist, conservator, civil service, law and journalism.  



Skills developed through History:  

Problem Solving: 

working independently, resilience, time management, positive work ethic.  


 leading groups, building confidence, organisational skills. You are required to complete coursework which demands you to take responsibility for your own learning and have a proactive, motivated attitude towards your studies.  


working successfully in a group, delegation, presenting information.  


 working with others, presenting findings, using clear and concise language.  


making conclusions, making and justifying a decision, analysing and evaluating sources and historical arguments.  

S4 and beyond

Progression can be National History or National People and Society.

Any National Social Subject.


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.


I chose History because I enjoy learning about events in the past because that is what shaped our lives today.

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I picked History because I’ve always been interested about the history of our past generations and taking it as a course in school was the best way to learn. It also gives you more knowledge and can help you through other subjects for example English .