Modern Studies National 4 and National 5
Pupils will study 3 topics, these will include:
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
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.