National 4 Modern Studies (Course Code: C749 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Modern Studies?

Learning Modern Studies gives you a greater understanding of the contemporary world and your place in it.

You will learn contemporary political and social issues in local, Scottish, United Kingdom and international contexts, and, in these contexts, develop an awareness of the social and political issues you will meet in your life. You will also develop investigating, evaluating and analysing skills in order to understand and explain political, social and international issues.

The skills you learn in Modern Studies are valuable in many career areas, including public administration, business management, law, teaching and journalism.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Administration and Management

Arts, Social Sciences and Languages

Communications and Media

Information, Culture and Heritage


Social, Caring and Advisory Services

Uniformed and Security Services

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

Modern Studies helps to develop your knowledge and understanding of social, political and economic issues. You will learn about the political and social issues that affect us in Scotland, the UK and internationally. You will also find out some of the ways societies deal with conflict, and learn about human rights and responsibilities.

The course has three compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.

Modern Studies: Democracy in Scotland the United Kingdom (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Modern Studies: Social Issues in the United Kingdom (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Modern Studies: International Issues (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Modern Studies Assignment (6 SCQF credit points) - this is not mandatory for the session 2022-23

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass all the units including the practical unit to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Modern Studies (National 4)