Higher Modern Studies (Course Code: C749 76)

SCQF Level 6 (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.

What do I need to get in?

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

What will I study?

Through this course, you will undertake a coherent study of contemporary society with concepts and themes being revisited and built upon across the units.

The course consists of three compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Modern Studies: Democracy in Scotland and 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:

You have a choice of social issue: contexts for study will focus on either social inequality or crime and the law.

Modern Studies: International Issues (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

You have a choice of international issue: contexts for study will focus on either a political and socio-economic study of a major world power or the study of a significant contemporary world issue.

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment has two components:

The question paper will assess your breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills accumulated across the course. The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.

The assignment will assess your skills, knowledge and understanding within the context of a contemporary issue.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

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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):

Highers in a Nutshell - Modern Studies (CfE Higher)