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None of us know yet what impact COVID-19 will have on schools and the SQA exams.

Modernityscotland has been at the forefront of Higher Modern Studies resources for over a decade. You may well use these resources in your day to day school work.

We’re happy for Higher Modern Studies pupils to subscribe to the website for free.

See the blog post for information on how to do this.

Welcome to Modernity Scotland

Modernityscotland has been at the forefront of online and textbook learning in Modern Studies and Politics since 2004.

Subscribers to modernityscotland receive log in codes which enable you to access our online resources.

  • Subscribers can be institutional, for example, schools or colleges. The cost of an institutional subscription for each subject, Politics or Modern Studies, is £200.
  • This expires on the day of the exam in 2020.
    • Modern Studies: 15 May 2020
    • Politics: 21 May 2020

Modernityscotland is an approved SQA centre for Higher Politics.

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Modernityscotland is an approved SQA provider for Higher Politics. This site contains a complete Learning Management System for Higher Politics.

The cost of an individual Higher Politics subscription is £20 per month, which expires on 21 May 2020.

  • attend Saturday catch up sessions
  • sit the Higher Politics prelim with modernityscotland
  • be presented for the SQA Higher Politics Assignment and exam (extra cost of £45)
  • have Coursework essays marked

An annual Institutional Subscription to Higher Politics costs £200. This includes articles on Political Theory, Political Systems and Political Parties and Elections, as well as associated Powerpoints.

Subscribe to Modern Studies

An annual Institutional Subscription to Modern Studies costs £200.

This includes PowerPoints for Democracy in Scotland and the UK, Social Inequality, Crime and the Law, USA and Terrorism.

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Thanks for your patience while I sign up all the new pupil subscribers! I appreciate this is an emotional day for many of you, teachers and pupils.

SQA has committed to "continue to work with young people to ensure that any units and coursework are completed and estimated grades are provided by teachers, drawing on the available evidence gathered throughout the year, to SQA’s existing deadlines, or earlier if that is possible. For many learners, we will also have prior attainment information which will be helpful to us."

A Higher course doesn't last a year. In reality it starts for real in August with the exam in May, April sometimes. That's 9 months, max. Take October, Christmas and Easter holidays into account, along with INSET days and other holidays and you're down to 7 months. As such, many youngsters don't reach their potential or even Higher standard itself until close to the exam. Not at prelim time, with possibly as little as four months teaching carried out, assuming maximum attendance.

Many pupils also don't get down to serious work until exam leave starts and they cram it, often ultimately "doing the business" as they say. The system encourages that. So, I hope SQA teams are flexible and candidate friendly in their judgement of candidates' ultimate grades. Prelims are ok, up to a point (they are also not mandatory and some schools may not have had one).

But so are other forms of coursework, especially ones which are carried out under supervised, time managed conditions. The Higher Modern Studies Assignment, carried out under timed, supervised conditions is worth 27% of the overall mark. These are due to be uplifted by SQA on 23 April. I would imagine if pupils haven't sat their Assignments by now, which many will not have, these Assignments may take on a new, sharper focus! There is previous attainment in the National 5 award which could be taken into account too.

You would hope that SQA qualification teams would be sympathetic to a candidate who achieved at Nat 5 and has shown solid progression and achievement through the Prelim and the Assignment. Everyone involved in Scottish education wants to see our youngsters get the credit their work deserves and overall I'm confident that will be the case.

All the best everyone and stay safe, John
Modernity Scotland
Modernity Scotland
Thanks to everyone who has been in touch today about the free access. I've hundreds of new subscribers to process. If you could all wait till after the Education Sec's speech tomorrow? There could be an "alternative certification mechanism" ie no exams!

I'll still provide you all with access but if there's no exam on 15 May it takes the heat off somewhat.

I'll still provide you all with access but if there's no exam on 15 May it takes the heat off somewhat.

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch today about the free access. I've hundreds of new subscribers to process. If you could all wait till after the Education Sec's speech tomorrow? There could be an "alternative certification mechanism" ie no exams!
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