History Advanced Higher
Historical Study – 80 Hours
Pupils will study The Spanish Civil War 1931–1939. They will study areas such as the failure of the Monarchy in 1931: regional identities and tensions; the importance of the Roman Catholic Church; the power and attitude of the army; social conflict. The coming of war: the range of political parties in Spain; political instability 1931-35; the creation of the Popular Front; the election of 1936. The outbreak of civil war: the uprising, its supporters and early success; social upheaval in Republican Spain. The defeat of the Republic: the International Brigades; the intervention of foreign powers; the non-intervention policy; the reasons for Franco’s victory.
Historical Research: 40 hours
The planning, research and production of a 4000 word dissertation on a question of the pupils’ choice, taken from any part of the topic. The dissertation is worth 50 marks and is externally assessed.
The External Assessment
This will consist of one 3 hour paper worth 90 marks:
- Part 1 consisting of two essay questions from a choice of six, each essay worth 25 marks
- Part 2 consisting of 3 source-based questions worth 40 marks
Pupils’ dissertation grades will also contribute to their final grades
This will be broadly similar to the external exam with separate assessments which match Part 1 and Part 2. It is necessary that you pass both assessments to gain an overall course award.
Homework and personal study is a major feature of Advanced Higher and pupils can assume a minimum of 3 hours every week should be dedicated to this demanding course.