The Curriculum for Excellence (CFE) Higher Modern Studies course builds on the skills and knowledge of the National 5 Modern Studies course.

Higher Modern Studies is the 6th most popular SQA Higher.

The Higher Modern Studies course has three Units

  • Political Issues
  • Social Issues
  • International Issues

The Higher Modern Studies course also has a Question Paper, graded A, B, C and D by SQA.

In Political Issues, Modern Studies departments can choose between Democracy in Scotland or Democracy in the UK.

In Social Issues, Modern Studies departments can choose between Social Inequalities or Crime and the Law.

In International Issues, Modern Studies departments can choose between the study of a G20 World Power or an International Issue which has a global impact.

External Assessment

The Higher Modern Studies course places a high emphasis and priority on skills.

These are skills for Higher Modern Studies and also skills for life long learning and work.

The Higher Modern Studies course is is therefore assessed in two components.

 

The Higher Modern Studies Question Paper will be sat on 1 May 2019.

Know Your Way Around the Question Paper

The format of the paper has changed and it is absolutely critical that you are familiar with the new arrangements.

SQA hasn't published a specimen paper yet and there are, obviously, no past papers to go on.

Question Paper 1, which lasts 1 hour 45 minutes, has three Sections.

  • 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 are choices.

You should know which one you will answers questions on.

Section 1 Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom

The place of Scotland within the UK political system, although it's likely that it will be possible to answer a question more on Scotland than the UK or vice versa.

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, which 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.