Modern Studies National 4 and National 5

Course Outline

Pupils will study 3 topics, these will include:

International Issues

South Africa

South Africa’s place in the world
Social issues in South Africa
Economic issues in South Africa
Political issues in South Africa

Social Issues in the UK

Crime and the Law

What is crime?
Causes and impact of crime
Efforts to tackle crime
The criminal justice system in Scotland

Political Issues in the UK

The UK Political System

Electoral Systems


National 5 is the only level to have an external exam. Pupils will have 1 hour 45 minutes to complete questions on all three topics studied (20 marks on each). Pupils will also have to sit the ‘External Assignment', which is worth 25% of their final grade. Pupils will also have to pass all National 5 Unit Assessments to qualify to sit the final exam. Pupils will be graded from A-D.

National 4 has no external exam. Pupils will, however, have to pass all National 4 Unit Assessments as well as the ‘Added Value’ unit to gain an award. Pupils will receive a pass or fail for the year.