National 5 Modern Studies
This Course is valid from August 2013.
The National 5 Modern Studies Course gives learners a detailed understanding of the democratic process and of social and economic issues at local, Scottish, national and international levels.
Updates and announcements
Printed copies of this special Curriculum for Excellence update letter will also be provided to centres.
Specimen Question Paper
In response to feedback on the National 5 Modern Studies Specimen Question Paper, there has been a minor modification to the wording used for one question type.
To make the Selective in the Use of Fact question type more accessible to candidates, the following wording will now appear in future National 5 Modern Studies Question Papers:
In your answer you must:
- give evidence from the sources that supports (name of person presenting the view will be inserted) view
- give evidence from the sources that opposes (name of person presenting the view will be inserted) view
Your answer must be based on all three sources.
Guidance on the use of past paper questions
We have produced a support document to help teachers and lecturers identify suitable past paper questions/items that could be used, or amended, to support learners in their preparation for sitting question papers as part of the National 5 Course assessment.
The advice reflects questions selected from 2011 to 2013 past papers.
The document is available under the Specimen question paper heading.
Question paper time extended
During the 2014 diet, we received feedback from practitioners that candidates had found it difficult to complete the National 5 Modern Studies question paper within the allotted time. A review was undertaken and sufficient evidence was found to support this feedback. Appropriate adjustments were then made to the grade boundaries, to ensure that no candidates were disadvantaged as a result.
It has now been agreed that the duration of the National 5 Modern Studies question paper will be extended by 15 minutes so that, from 2015 onwards, candidates will have 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the question paper. The 2015 exam timetable on our website has been updated to reflect this; however we will not be making any changes to hard copies of the timetable. Practitioners should refer to the online version of the 2015 exam timetable for the correct start and finish times.
We have updated the Specimen Question Paper and Course Assessment Specification to incorporate these changes.
Qualification content and delivery tools
The documents on this page are for teachers and lecturers.
Learners studying this qualification may also find the documents useful.
The 'Related information' panel on this page contains information that applies to all new National Qualifications in this subject.
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.
Course Assessment Specification
This explains the structure of the Course assessment; including the type and method of assessment. It also includes information on Course coverage.
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
Specimen Question Paper and Marking Instructions
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit from session 2013-14. These also include marking instructions.
- Modern Studies Specimen Question Paper National 5
- Guidance on the use of past paper questions for National 5 Modern Studies
- Modern Studies Specimen Question Paper National 5 (Gaelic Medium)
Hodder Education have produced sets of additional model papers. These include copies of the SQA specimen question papers and are available to buy now.
National Parent Forum Scotland have also produced their Revision in a Nutshell series to help learners to prepare for new National 5 examinations.
General assessment information provides instructions for the conduct of coursework, an overview of the assessment task, evidence to be gathered and general marking instructions.
Coursework assessment tasks provide the live assessment task, including marking instructions and instructions for candidates. Teachers/lecturers can access these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.
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.