What’s in Higher Modern Studies?

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 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.

To sum up, the Higher Modern Studies Course is as follows:

Exam: Paper One 52 Marks

Exam: Paper Two 28 Marks

Assignment: 30 Marks

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