CfE Advanced Higher Study Guides from Bright Red

BrightRED CfE Advanced Higher Study Guides are the only books written specifically to cover each element of the SQA CfE Advanced Higher qualifications in Scotland. To pass any course at CfE Advanced Higher level, you need commitment and regular study for the duration of the course. The main aim of BrightRED Study Guides for Advanced Higher is to help you achieve success in the SQA exams by providing concise but comprehensive coverage of key areas of the course.

Helpful hints and advice are provided in Don't Forget text boxes of BrightRED books and Things To Do And Think About sections provide questions to test your knowledge and understanding of the content and to help you extend your problem solving skills. Every Advanced Higher Study Guide is also fully supported with lots of free online links, tests and activities at the award-winning BrightRED Digital Zone.

BrightRED Study Guide


Ross MacLachlan

The only Study Guide written specifically for the Advanced Higher History course. Provides thorough course coverage.


978-1-84948-310-0, 96pp

The purpose of the Advanced Higher History course, is to help students develop their knowledge and understanding of historical themes, and complex historical issues as well as evaluate sources and draw conclusions from them. By studying this course, students will be able to engage in historical debate and gain a deeper appreciation of the forces that have shaped historical developments.

This is the only Study Guide available for the Advanced Higher History course and will equip students with not only the knowledge but also the skills needed to fulfil their potential in this subject.

The Study Guide will help students:

  • Remember key course content through clear, concise explanations and summaries that have been written specifically for the SQA course
  • Avoid common mistakes with Don't forget pointers and recaps of key information
  • Stretch understanding with Things to do and think about
  • Fill in any gaps in knowledge by examining the contents and identifying any weaker areas
  • Learn independently with all the essential information outlined in the Study Guide


Through using this Study Guide, students can develop a conceptual understanding of the past, a critical analysis of existing historical research and an understanding of the relationship between factors that contribute to complex historical events and their impact. Through independent study, they can also gain useful analytical skills through the use of sources relating to authorship and purpose, perspective and historical context. 


  • Introduction to Advanced Higher History
  • Preparing for the question paper
  • The question paper, part 1 - essay questions 
  • The question paper, part 2 - source-handling questions
  • The dissertation 
  • Summaries of revision notes