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National 5 Modern Studies

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.

Modern Studies homepage

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.

Updates and announcements

Update letters

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
  • and

  • 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.

Mandatory information

Course Specification

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.


Unit Specifications

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.

Assessment support

Specimen Question Paper and Marking Instructions

These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit. These also include marking instructions.

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.

Coursework information

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.

 

Verification


Some generic common key messages have been identified following the reviews of event verification activity for Rounds 1 and 2. They are available here - www.sqa.org.uk/cfeqa.