Modern Studies Higher

Course Outline

Pupils will study 3 topics, these will include:

International Issue - World Power: USA
• Social & Economic Issues (and their impact on a specific group)
• Government efforts to reduce social and economic inequalities
• International Influence
• Extent to which the political system allows democratic participation
• Political institutions and their ability to dominate government decision making

Social Issues - Social Inequalities: Health & Wealth
• Causes of health and wealth inequality
• Effects of health and wealth inequality
• The effectiveness of measures taken to tackle inequalities, including government measures
• The individualist/collectivist debate

Political Issues - Democracy in the UK
• The effectiveness of parliamentary representatives holding the government to account
• Strengths and weaknesses of electoral systems
• Factors influencing voting behaviour systems
• The implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU
• The ability of citizens to influence decision making


• Exam Paper One, 1 hour 45 minutes, 52 marks
• Exam Paper Two, 1 hour 15 minutes, 28 marks
• Assignment- 1 hour 30 minutes, 30 marks


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 are welcome to discuss choices with Pupil Support and/or the Faculty. 

Progression Routes

A pass in Higher Modern Studies is a very acceptable entry qualification for all university courses and is well respected by employers.

Common Career/Study Paths include politics, sociology, international relations, law and/or other social science courses, journalism and the media, civil and public service, social work, human relations and in the third sector etc.