Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Access to Arts & Social Sciences: Scottish History ADED11418E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course provides an introduction to the academic discipline of History in the specific context of Scottish History, focusing on key skills and ideas essential to Level 1 courses in the College of Arts.


Blocks 1 and 2

2 hours per week for 20 weeks

Wednesdays 13.00 to 15.00


Saturdays 10.00-12.00

At enrolment, students will be asked to select one of the two sessions. There will be no opportunity to change session.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Two essays (each up to 1500 words) (25% each) 

Final 60-minute examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To provide students with an insight into the approach to the study of history as an academic subject through the study of Scottish history, and to introduce them to the nuances of interpretation and problematics of determining the status of presumed historical 'facts', while teaching them how to study, and cope with essay work needed to prepare them for Level 1 university study.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding that history is not a clear cut matter of 'facts';

■ Identify examples of bias in historical interpretation;

■ Deal with primary and secondary source materials;

■ Write good essays in good English.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.