The Higher Sociology Course enables learners to develop an understanding of society through gaining knowledge and understanding of sociological perspectives, theories and concepts. The Course will develop learners’ ability to challenge ‘common sense’ explanations about human social behaviour using sociological understanding and evidence.
Updates and announcements
Reminder of thresholds that can be applied in unit assessments
As we outlined in the Subject Review Report for Sociology that was published in May 2016, a threshold approach can now be applied when judging assessment standards in units. If a candidate successfully meets the requirements indicated below, they will be judged to have passed the unit and no further re-assessment will be required.
- Human Society unit — candidates do not need to be re-assessed for assessment standard 1.1 if they do not meet the requirements.
- Culture and Identity unit — for assessment standard 1.3, only two sources of information are required.
- Social Issues unit — for assessment standard 1.1, only one source of information is required.
- Human Society unit — candidates do not need to be re-assessed for assessment standard 2.3 if they do not meet the requirements.
- Culture and Identity unit — candidates do not need to be re-assessed for assessment standard 1.5 if they do not meet the requirements.
- Social Issues unit — candidates do not need to be re-assessed for assessment standard 2.3 if they do not meet the requirements.
The above thresholds have been put in place to reduce the volume of re-assessment where required. Candidates must still be given the opportunity to meet all assessment standards in preparation for course assessment.
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.
- Higher Sociology Course Specification
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.
The following document contains the Course Support Notes and the Unit Support Notes for this Course. They can be printed together or separately.
- Higher Sociology Course and Unit Support Notes
Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Specimen Question Papers and Marking Instructions
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit. These also include marking instructions.
- Higher Sociology Specimen Question Paper
Questions in the Higher Sociology question paper will now be numbered sequentially throughout, as shown in the Exemplar Question Paper. The Specimen Question Paper will be updated to reflect this in due course.
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.
- General assessment information for Higher Sociology
Information on the production and submission of SQA-assessed coursework for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.
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.