Senior School Classes


History is an important part of the curriculum at Lathallan. The study of History makes a significant contribution to the development of each pupil; it enhances many of the skills of communication, critical thinking and evaluation which are needed for life and work. History extends pupils’ awareness of their own heritage and identity in local, national, European and worldwide contexts and helps them to make sense of their own circumstances. Lathallan offers a wide range of exciting trips to bring History alive. Pupils have the opportunity to visit historical sites such as World War I battlefields, the Bannockburn Expedition Centre and various other sites. In 2014 we commemorated the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn by performing a whole school battle re-enactment on the Lathallan Estate.

Pupils begin with a study of the various groups who came to make up the kingdom of Scotland by the C12th: the Celts, the Romans, the Picts, the Gaels, the Vikings and the Normans. Pupils will also develop skills vital to the study of History, such as detecting bias and judging the reliability of historical evidence. Pupils then study Scotland in the Age of Wallace and Bruce.

In the beginning of S2 pupils study key themes of C20th History such as the Russian Revolutions and Stalin’s Russia.  Pupils then explore the causes of the Second World War and then aspects of the war itself.

S3 and S4: National 5

Scottish: Migration and Empire, 1830-1939: Evaluating historical sources taking into account their origin, purpose, content and/or context.

British: The Atlantic Slave Trade 1779-1807: Explaining the impact of a historical development in a structured manner.

European & World: Hitler and Nazi Germany, 1919-1939: Analysing the factors contributing towards a historical development, drawing a reasoned conclusion.

In all units learners will develop techniques to evaluate a range of historical sources. Events and themes of Scottish, British and European history will be studied from the periods mentioned above. Learners will also develop knowledge and understanding of an area of historical study.

Assessment: The question paper will have 80 marks (80% of the total mark) and assesses the three course units. The assignment is worth 20 marks. The aim of the assignment is to have a greater emphasis on the assessment of skills than the question. The other marks will be awarded for the demonstration of knowledge and understanding.

S5 and S6: Higher
Higher History has practical benefits as a preparation for University work in History, Law, Politics, Economics, Philosophy or any of the Social Sciences Subjects. It develops the ability to handle factual material in ever increasing quantity and sophistication, the ability to read critically and efficiently and the ability to present, in a fluent essay, a logical argument supported by perceptive reasoning and detailed evidence.

Britain 1851-1951: Democracy, the Liberal Reforms, Poverty and the Welfare State, Changing Scottish Society.

Germany 1815-1939: Growth of German nationalism and German unification, the rise of the Nazis and the Nazis in power.

Scottish History – Migration and Empire 1830-1939: Migration of the Scots, immigrant experience in Scotland, impact of Scots emigrants on the empire.

Assessment: Question Paper (2 hours 20 minutes) examines knowledge, understanding and analysis from the content of the British and European and world units in essay format. Pupils must select one essay from a choice of three for each of the British and European and World topic. For the Scottish topic pupils must examine 3 source based questions which require them to evaluate, demonstrate knowledge and understanding and analysis. The question paper is worth 60 marks.

The Assignment (Extended Essay) (1.5 hours) is worth a further 30 marks and is written under timed conditions with the use of a plan. Therefore the overall marks which can be awarded for the course is 90 marks.

S6: Advanced Higher History
The course consists of 2 units: Historical Study and Historical Research. Candidates should be aware of historical interpretation and issue within each of these.

Field of study: Germany: Versailles to the outbreak of World War II 1918-1939 (others available on request)

A study of the changing nature of political authority, the reasons for changes and the consequences of the changing character of political authority, focusing on the themes of ideology, authority and revolution.

Assessment: A question paper with a total allocation of 90 marks consisting of essays and source based analysis. A dissertation with a total allocation of 50 marks. 4000 words to be written from a choice of questions set by the examination board.