National 4 Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
The National 4 Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies Course enables learners to investigate and describe religious, moral and philosophical questions and responses, make comparisons, and develop the ability to express reasoned views.
Updates and announcements
- October 2016 subject update (311 KB)
- May 2016 subject update (210 KB)
- October 2015 subject update (321 KB)
- August 2015 subject update (National 5 - Higher) (95 KB)
- January 2015 subject update - Advanced Higher (427 KB)
- January 2015 update letter (344 KB)
- Special Edition Update June 2014 (152 KB)
- September 2013 update letter
This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.
These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.
Advice and guidance
Course and Unit Support Notes
These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.
Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Added Value Unit Assessment
The Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies Added Value Unit assessment is an assignment. While describing what candidates must do, the published assessment offers considerable flexibility in the choice of a context for the assessment.
Candidates have an open choice of topic or issue to research, provided it will enable them to meet the requirements of the Unit and that resources are likely to be available. Candidates research their chosen topic or issue by recording, organising and using information, and presenting their findings.
Centres can access the assessment through their SQA Co-ordinator.
As with all SQA Unit assessments, Added Value Unit assessments must be internally verified by centres.
Unit Assessment Support
These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.
Understanding Standards materials
We are publishing examples of candidate evidence with commentaries as part of our Understanding Standards programme. These materials are for teachers and lecturers to help them develop their understanding of the standards required for assessment. As these materials become available, they are being published in the following locations:
- Available from our secure website Materials relating to Unit assessment, internally assessed components of Course assessment, and externally assessed components of Course assessment which are subject to visiting assessment. Teachers and lecturers can arrange access to these materials through their SQA Co-ordinator.
- Available from our Understanding Standards website Materials relating to externally assessed components of Course assessment, with the exception of those subject to visiting assessment.
More information on our Understanding Standards programme, can be found on our Understanding Standards page.