Advanced Higher

Section 2 — Scotland: Independence and Kingship, 1249-1334

Course assessment structure

Component 1 — question paper 90 marks

Component 2 — project-dissertation 50 marks

Total marks 140 marks

Component 1 will have two parts with the following mark allocations:

¨ Part A: Historical Issues (50 marks)

¨ Part B: Historical Sources (40 marks)

In Part A: Historical Issues, learners will have an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge and understanding:

¨ Factual and theoretical knowledge and understanding of complex historical issues

¨ Analysing the factors involved in a complex historical development

¨ Evaluating the factors involved in a complex historical development

¨ Identifying perspectives from current historiography on a complex historical issue

¨ Synthesising information to produce a sustained and coherent line of argument

¨ Drawing a well-reasoned conclusion

In Part B: Historical Sources, learners will be required to apply the following skills, knowledge and understanding:

¨ Factual and theoretical knowledge and understanding of complex historical issues

¨ Explaining the strengths and limitations of one source in terms of its origin, purpose, content and historical and historiographical contexts.

¨ Interpreting the content of one source and placing this in the context of historical events.

¨ Identifying and explaining the differing perspectives presented by two sources with regard to a complex historical issue.

Part A: Historical Issues will have 50 marks.

This Section will be made up of extended response questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills acquired during the Course. The questions will be drawn from the further mandatory information on Course coverage.

Learners will answer two 25-mark questions from a choice of five.

The 25-mark questions will use a variety of command words including:

¨ To what extent was [event] caused by [factor]…?

¨ How far does [factor] explain [event]?

¨ [quote] How valid is this view?

¨ [quote] How justified is this view?

 Part B: Historical Sources will have 40 marks.

This Section will be made up of extended response questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills acquired during the Course and apply these to unseen historical sources.

Learners will answer all three questions in this Section.

¨ Question 1 will require candidates to explain the strengths and limitations of one source in terms of its origin, purpose, content and historical and historiographical contexts.

¨ Question 2 will require candidates to interpret the content of one source and place this in the context of historical events and of the historiographical debate.

¨ Question 3 will require candidates to identify and explain the differing perspectives presented by two sources on a complex historical issue.

The following command words will be used for source questions:

¨ Evaluate the usefulness of [source] as evidence of…

¨ How fully does [source] explain…

¨ How much do [sources] reveal about differing interpretations of…

Component 2 — project-dissertation  

The purpose of this project-dissertation is to demonstrate challenge and application by demonstrating skills, knowledge and understanding within the context of a complex historical issue. The project-dissertation will give learners an opportunity to undertake independent research in order to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:

¨ Identifying an appropriate complex historical issue for research

¨ Drawing on in-depth knowledge and understanding

¨ Using information from a range of primary and secondary sources

¨ Analysing perspectives from historiography

¨ Synthesising the evidence and historiography in a sustained and coherent line of argument

¨ Drawing a well-reasoned conclusion based on evidence

¨ Organising, presenting and referencing findings using an appropriate referencing system

The project-dissertation will have 50 marks.

Further mandatory information on Course coverage

The following gives details of mandatory skills, knowledge and understanding for the Advanced Higher History Course.

Question papers will sample knowledge and understanding and assess skills.

In Part A: Historical Issues,

There will be a range of essay questions which may be drawn from any area of the mandatory content to allow opportunities for personalisation and choice.

In Part B: Historical Sources, the sources will only be drawn from the areas of mandatory content which are italicised.

Section 2 — Scotland: Independence and Kingship, 1249-1334

¨ The kingdom under Alexander III, 1249–1286

¨ The Guardianship and the Great Cause, 1286–1292

¨ The reign of King John, 1292–1296

¨ Edward I’s occupation of Scotland, 1296–1297

¨ The contribution of William Wallace, 1296–1305

¨ Scottish resistance and English invasions, 1298–1305

¨ Usurpation and civil war, 1306–1309

¨ King Robert and the war against England, 1310–1323

¨ King Robert and the government of Scotland, 1310–1328

¨ Succession and peace, 1324–1334

Mrs McRae to complete

¨ The kingdom under Alexander III, 1249–1286

¨ The Guardianship and the Great Cause, 1286–1292

¨ The reign of King John, 1292–1296

¨ Edward I’s occupation of Scotland, 1296–1297

¨ The contribution of William Wallace, 1296–1305

¨ Scottish resistance and English invasions, 1298–1305

Mrs Hubbard to complete

¨ Usurpation and civil war, 1306–1309

¨ King Robert and the war against England, 1310–1323

¨ King Robert and the government of Scotland, 1310–1328

¨ Succession and peace, 1324–1334