Senior Phase (S4-6) Course Information 2017/18 Oban High School Vision and Values

Geography: Global Issues (Higher)

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Geography: Global Issues (Higher)

In this unit, learners will develop and apply geographical skills and techniques in the context of global geographical issues. Learners will develop skills of numerical and graphical analysis in geographical contexts. Learners will develop and apply knowledge and understanding of complex global geographical issues which demonstrate the interaction of physical and human environments and the strategies adopted in the management of these issues.

Key topics include: river basin management, development and health, global climate change, trade, aid and geopolitics, energy.

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To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the units as well as the course assessment.

The course assessment will consist of two components: a question paper and an assignment.

Graphic Communication National 4, 5 and Higher

The national 4 and 5 courses will build on the broad general education offered in S1-S3 and will progress to Higher and Advanced Higher level.

The Course provides opportunities to gain skills in reading, interpreting, and creating graphic communications. Pupils will create, develop

and communicate ideas graphically. They will develop spatial awareness and visual literacy through graphic experiences. They will develop skills in Computer-aided Graphics and Computer generated 3D modeling as well as traditional manual technical drawing abilities.
Aims of the course

The Course allows pupils to

consider the impact that graphic communication technologies have on our

environment and society.

It aims to enable learners to:

develop skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, graphics materials and software;

extend and apply knowledge and understanding of graphic communication

standards, protocols, and conventions.

At each level, National 4 and National 5 there are two mandatory units and then a course assessment. The units cover the same areas for both levels, but the course assessments differ significantly between National 4 and National 5.


he mandatory units are:

2D Graphic Communication
This Unit will help to develop creativity and skills within a 2D graphic communication context. Pupils will learn to develop and communicate ideas using graphic techniques in familiar contexts.
Pupils will develop 2D graphic spatial awareness. They will learn about various 2D drawing techniques, CAD and Computer-generated graphic presentations.


D and Pictorial Graphic Communication

This Unit will help to develop creativity and skills within a 3D and pictorial graphic communication context. Pupils will further develop their skills and communicate ideas using graphic techniques in familiar contexts. Pupils will develop 3D graphic spatial awareness. They will learn about different pictorial drawing techniques and 3D computer generated modeling.

Course assessment
National 4 – Added value unit (Internally assessed graphic design task)
National 5 – Assignment and Question paper (exam)
Higher – Assignment and Question Paper (exam)

The course will be delivered in an integrated way. Students will cover a range of small, topic based units that cover aspects of both 2D and 3D graphics. This approach will reinforce the practical uses of both. The units will be delivered in familiar contexts. There will be an architecture unit and a manufacture unit.

Health and Food Technology
National 3, National 4 and National 5
You will learn about:

  • food, nutrition and health throughout life – the dietary needs of all age groups

  • what to think about for people with dietary needs- diabetes, heart disease, obesity

  • the law and shopper/consumer rights – know your rights

  • how food manufactures develop products- designing, sensory analysis, marketing

  • conducting market research- surveys, questionnaires, interviews

  • designing your own products- make your ideas take shape

The content will be delivered in a variety of ways:

  • Project work – development of research skills, presentation, IT skills

  • Group work- development of team building and leadership skills

  • Individual work- self-motivation, target setting, meeting deadlines, responsibility

  • Use of the internet and IT- to research, analyse and evaluate nutrients in food

  • Meet the professionals –discover how your skills apply in work or further study

The practical content – putting the theory into practice “Cooking”

  • You will work independently, to design and make menus and food products

This is a good course for you if your career destination is any of the following:

  • health and sports – diet and performance

  • caring for the old or young – special nutritional needs

  • nursing – nutrition and health

  • retail management – consumer law, shopping trends, new products

  • running your own food company – market trends, design process, product manufacture


National 3, National 4 and National 5

You will study three History units:

  • Historical Study Scottish: Migration and Empire 1830-1939

    • Exploring the experience of immigrants in Scotland

    • Exploring the experience of the Scots who emigrated abroad

  • Historical Study British: The Atlantic Slave Trade 1770-1807

  • Historical Study European and World: Hitler and Nazi Germany

    • Germany after the war

    • The rise to power of the Nazis

    • Life under Nazi rule

How Will I Be Assessed?
To achieve a National 3 award in History you must pass all three unit assessments. National 4 is also internally assessed; you must pass all three unit assessments and complete an assignment.

To gain an award at National 5 you must pass all three unit assessments, which are internally assessed, as well as the course assessment which is set and marked externally.

The course assessment to gain an award at National 5 consists of :

  1. Question Paper

  • lasting 1 hour 45 minutes

  • externally set and assessed by the SQA

The question paper will cover all three units

  • Historical study: Scottish 20 marks

  • Historical study: British 20 marks

  • Historical study: European and World 20 marks

  • Total marks for the Question Paper 60 marks


2 An assignment written under controlled conditions 20 marks


A qualification in History is regarded as an indication of valuable and transferable skills and attributes useful in many jobs and careers such as:

  • Law, Teaching , Journalism, researcher, broadcaster

  • Civil Service, Diplomatic Service Operational Officer

  • Archaeology , museum curator, tour guide and archive work

  • Architecture, Town and country planner

  • Social sciences, Politics, Local government

  • Librarianship


Course Aims
The course aims to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of Britain’s Social and Political History, European and World History. It aims to develop important skills, including evaluation and analysis of historical sources and essay writing. There is also an element of individual research in planning and writing an extended essay.
Course Description
The units studied are:

    • Changing Scotland and Britain 1851-1951

    • The Impact of the Great War

    • Appeasement and the Road to War

Course Assessment comprises of

  1. Question paper lasting 2 hours 20 minutes – worth 60 marks

  2. An Assignment written under controlled conditions – worth 30 marks.

Advanced Higher

Course Description
In Advanced Higher History, students undertake an in-depth study of a selected historical context:

  • Germany – Versailles to the outbreak of World War 2 –and produce an extended piece of individual research.

Assessment comprises unit assessments in essay writing and course based questions and one three-hour exam of two papers:

  • Paper 1 2 x 25 mark essays

  • Paper 2 40 mark source based questions.

In addition candidates must undertake the planning, research and presentation of an historical issue in a 4000-word dissertation, worth 50 marks.

Careers Information

A Higher History qualification would fulfil entrance requirements to University and College for further study in a large number of related fields, eg History, Archaeology, Social Sciences, etc. The skills developed in Higher History are extremely relevant for many careers and professions including Law, Journalism, the Diplomatic Service, Civil Service, Teaching, Politics and Science.

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