Higher Modern Studies

Question Paper 1

Lasts 1 hour 45 minutes, has three Sections. There are 12 and 20 mark questions which test knowledge and analysis of

  • Section 1 Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom
  • Section 2 Social Issues in the United Kingdom
  • Section 3 International Issues

Within each Section there is a choice.

You should know which one you will answer questions on.

Section 1 Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom

The place of Scotland within the UK political system or the UK political system.

Section 2 Social Issues in the United Kingdom

Social Inequality or Crime and the Law

Section 3 International Issues

A World Power or a World Issue.

This paper is worth 52 marks.

Question Paper 2

Lasts 1 hour 15 minutes.

Tests skills of analysing, evaluating and synthesising evidence.

There are three questions:

Question 1: Detecting Objectivity

Question 2: Drawing and Supporting Conclusions

Question 3: Evaluating the Reliability of Sources.

This paper is worth 28 marks.

The Assignment

In the Higher Modern Studies Assignment the learner chooses a social/political issue that refers to a contemporary political, social or international issue.

The learner then researches the issue and ‘writes up’ during the ‘production of evidence stage’ a report on his/her findings within the school/college under supervised conditions.

The ‘production of evidence’ stage will last up to 90 minutes.

As well as knowledge of the issue, the learner should apply Modern Studies skills of researching, analysing, evaluating and synthesising information from a wide range of sources. researching, analysing, evaluating, synthesising a wide range of evidence and justifying decisions.

Learners can use no more than two single sided sheets of A4 paper known as the ‘Research Sheet’ to assist them in writing the report.

The research sheet should show evidence of primary or secondary research carried out by the candidate.

The research sheet should not take the form of a ‘plan’ as this is likely to encourage direct copying, which gains no marks.

While the research phase can take place at any time of the academic year, the ‘write up’ is a school/college decision normally taken once the teacher is convinced that learners have completed their research and are ready.

The completed assignment must be completed and posted to SQA by the presenting school/college by a date set by SQA, normally around Easter time.

The Higher Modern Studies Assignment is worth 30 marks.

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