Course description

Modern Studies is an essential subject which will inform you of the changes in today’s society and helps you understand the most important issues in the world today. It encourages you to develop informed decisions and attitudes towards different values, cultures and beliefs. Modern Studies is an excellent qualification for higher education as well as good preparation for life and work.

Course progression

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  • Debating
  • Analysing
  • Evaluating
  • Interpreting
  • Critical Thinking
  • Objectivity
  • Communication
  • Taking initiative
  • Teamwork

Careers through Modern Studies

There are many careers and jobs where the skills and knowledge developed through Modern Studies will be essential.

  • MSP/MP
  • Civil Service
  • International Relations
  • Political Journalist
  • Human Rights
  • Police Officer
  • Charity Sector
  • Prison Service
  • Housing
  • Public Health
  • Policy Analyst
  • Trade Unions

Pupil Profile: Rory

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In the future I plan to study Politics and International Relations at University and then apply for an apprenticeship with the foreign office.

Since choosing Modern Studies in S6, I have begun to understand the importance of politics and how it has affected literature or significant periods in history.

I have also developed my skills of analysis and language skills, as well as how to write essays which will be useful for university study.