Modern Studies Higher

Course Outline

Pupils will study 3 topics, these will include:

International Issue

World Power: USA

    • Social & Economic Issues
    • Political Issues
    • Government efforts
    • International Relations
Social Issues

Social Inequalities: Health & Wealth

    • Causes
    • Effects
    • Impact
    • Efforts to tackle
Political Issues

Democracy in the UK

    • UK Constitutional Arrangements
    • Role of the Government
    • Electoral Systems
    • Influences on the Government

All units are assessed for through the writing of extended answers.  Knowledge questions are worth 12 or 20 marks, while skills questions are worth 8 marks.  The final exam is 2 hours 15 minutes.

To gain an overall course award, pupils must also pass an assessment for each unit studied.

In addition, as part of their overall award, pupils will write an Assignment on a question of their own choice taken from any of the three units of study undertaken.  They will have to answer their chosen assignment question under exam conditions.  This assignment will be externally assessed and is worth over 33% of pupils’ final grade.


There will be regular homework in the form of essays and skills questions, and also completion of any unfinished notes or preparation for future classes.

Entry Requirements

Pupils should have attained, or expect to attain, a pass at National 5 Modern Studies. Pupils that do not have these entry requirements (for example, those that studied History or Geography in S4) are welcome to discuss choices with Mr Baxby.

Progression Routes

Pupils who achieve a Higher Pass (Grade A or B) at the end of S5 are encouraged to undertake an Advanced Higher Modern Studies course in S6.  A pass in Higher Modern Studies is also a very acceptable entry qualification for all university courses and is well respected by employers.