The Curriculum for Excellence (CFE) National 4 Modern Studies course builds on the skills and knowledge of the National 3 Modern Studies course.
The National 4 Modern Studies course has three Units which learners must pass;
- Political Issues
- Social Issues
- International Issues
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.
The National 4 Modern Studies course places a high emphasis and priority on skills.
These are skills for National 4 Modern Studies and also skills for life long learning and work.
The National 4 Modern Studies course has no external SQA Question Paper.
Instead learners must pass an 'Added Value Unit' (AVU).
The National 4 AVU is marked by the class teacher/lecturer on a pass/fail basis.
In the National 4 Modern Studies Assignment the learner chooses a Modern Studies issue in which he/she can demonstrate the skills acquired in Modern Studies, such as making a decision, detecting bias and/or selectivity in the use of facts.
The learner then researches the issue and writes up a report on his/her findings within the school/college.
While the AVU can take place at any time of the academic year, the AVU normally takes place once the teacher is convinced that learners have completed their research and are ready.