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Why take History?

The study of History is (perhaps surprisingly) continually changing and evolving, and pupils who choose the subject will develop a deeper understanding of the world around them.  Our courses focus on the lives of people and their values, in different times, places and circumstances.


The skills we learn in History help to develop independent thought, and pupils are encouraged to think critically about historical sources.  By questioning what we have been told, and by whom, and for what purpose, we aim to equip pupil for life and work in the 21st Century – a time when questioning sources and not just ‘believing everything you read’ is more important than ever.


What will you study in S3?


  • The Cold War

An overview of a war that was unlike any other.  The United States and the Soviet Union took the world to the brink of apocalypse in 1962, and then continued to battle for supremacy for decades after.  This topic includes: nuclear warfare, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Spies, the Space Race and the Vietnam War.


  • The First World War

We take a close look at one of the most important conflicts of all time.  This topic provides a strong platform for our S4 course by looking at all aspects of the Great War, including the main causes, and how the war affected soldiers in the trenches as well as the people back home.  



How will you be assessed?

The course involves continuous assessment with an exam at the end of S3. This will help prepare pupils for carrying on to National 4 or National 5 in S4.  The Skills developed in S3 will play an important role as pupils progress through the Senior phases.