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Higher History Extended Essay Migration And Empire

Higher History

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The Higher History Course allows learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the past through the study of Scottish, British, European and world contexts in a variety of time periods. Options cover topics from the medieval, early modern and later modern periods, and include elements of political, social, economic and cultural history.

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The following document provides an overview of the changes to assessment in Higher History from session 2018-19.


Note for teachers and lecturers: The following guidance was published in August 2016 and details temporary measures that were put in place to reduce the volume of assessment in session 2016-17. The unit thresholds detailed in this document can continue to be applied to both units in National Courses and freestanding SCQF level 5 units from session 2017-18 onwards. However, the information on course assessment is no longer valid. Please refer instead to the most up-to-date course specification document for information on course assessment.

Details of changes to Understanding Standards packs can be found here.

Mandatory information

This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.

This explains the structure of the Course assessment; including the type and method of assessment. It also includes information on Course coverage.

These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

Advice and guidance

Assessment support

These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit. These also include marking instructions.

Provides information on marking instructions and/or the coursework assessment task(s). It includes information that centres need to administer coursework and must be read in conjunction with the course specification.

Information on the production and submission of SQA-assessed coursework for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.

There was no round 2 verification activity at this level in 2017.
There was no round 2 verification activity at this level in 2016.

These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.

The following document contains the Course Support Notes and the Unit Support Notes for this Course. They can be printed together or separately.

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The Higher History course involves the study of  Scottish History, British History and World History, covering Migration and Empire between 1830 and 1939, Britain between 1851 and 1951 and Germany between 1815 and 1939.

Students will develop essay writing skills and source skills which will enable them to pass Unit Assessments and perform well in the final exam. Another important part of the course is the Extended Essay which allows students to show off their best work.
Guide to completing source questions by Learning Teaching Scotland.

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