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“Those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are condemned to repeat them.” (George Santayana)

The study of History allows you to develop your understanding of the world by learning about other people in different times, places and circumstances. History allows you to develop a map of the past and gain an understanding of the forces which have shaped the world you live in today.

In gaining an understanding of historical events you will be able to become an effective contributor to society. You will develop important attitudes such as: confidence; an open mind and respect for the beliefs and cultures of others; openness to new ideas; and a sense of responsibility and global citizenship.

In addition, studying History will allow you to develop and apply a wide range of skills. The evaluation of different types of sources will develop your thinking skills. Using and processing information will develop your literacy skills. Investigative and critical-thinking activities will allow you to gain experience in contributing to group work as well as gaining the confidence to work independently.

At Balwearie you will be able to study History in both the BGE (S1-S3) and the Senior Phase (S4-S6). In the Senior Phase, courses will be available at National 3, National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level.

The knowledge, experiences and skills gained through the study of History will help to prepare you to enter the World of Work in a wide range of jobs and professions such as teacher, police officer, social worker, researcher, solicitor, civil servant, banker…..the list is endless.

Staff Members:

J Airlie – PTC Social Subjects and RME

P Clark

D Currie – PT Guidance

C Logan – PT Raising Attainment

K McLean




  • China Social Subjects Thematic
  • Scottish Wars of Independence


  • The Great War
  • Africa Social Subjects Thematic


 Changing Life in Scotland 1830-1930

  • Coal Mining
  • Health and Housing
  • Growth of Democracy

Germany 1919-1939

  • The rise of the Nazis and their maintenance of power

S4 - National 4/5 History:

  • The Atlantic Slave Trade 1770-1807
  • Red Flag: Lenin and the Russian Revolution, 1894–1921
  • Migration and Empire, 1830–1939

S5/6 - National 5 History:

  • The Era of the Great War, 1900–1928
  • The Making of Modern Britain, 1880–1951
  • Hitler and Nazi Germany, 1919–1939 

Higher History:

  • Britain, 1851−1951
  • Germany, 1815−1939
  • The impact of the Great War, 1914–1928

Advanced Higher History:

  • Scotland: Independence and Kingship, 1249–1334