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I am confused whether I should do Higher history or modern studies. I intend on applying for medicine and need 5 A's. Which subject is easier in your opinion?
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choose the one which you enjoy and like a bit more than the other , that way you are more likely to achieve your As
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(Original post by stereotypeasian)
choose the one which you enjoy and like a bit more than the other , that way you are more likely to achieve your As
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I am confused whether I should do Higher history or modern studies. I intend on applying for medicine and need 5 A's. Which subject is easier in your opinion?
Either would be totally fine and which is easier is fairly subjective - pick whichever you'd prefer to study (but don't worry about which you need to pick just now!)
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Ngl higher history is a joke (maybe cus i got a **** teacher) but if you really like the topics and writing essays then go for it lol
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Might be a bit late, but Higher Modern Studies is great! It's both interesting, enlightening and it's pretty easy if you're good at essay formats. If you use the PEEL structure in your essays then you'll breeze through it.
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I did both and much, much preferred History. I found it more interesting and less tedious. But, I know some people who enjoyed Mods more. I guess it depends on what topics you're into.
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I just finished Higher History and while it was really hard at first it did get a bit better as the year went on, my friend who did higher mods said it was hell but a lot of people say that about history too so just do which one you think you are better at
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Late reply, I know, but as someone who did both, I found Higher History far easier than Higher Modern Studies - even though my prelim scores didn't reflect this, getting 100% in Modern Studies and 95% in History.

But overall I would say History is easier. For essays, you only need to learn 8 essays max out of a possible 12 that could come up I believe. This is because there are 3 choices of essay questions for each subject you do in the exam - you choose one to do from each topic - both a British topic and a European/World topic. But if you learn four essays from each topic out of the total 6 you will always know one essay you can do in the exam.

As for Modern Studies, you have two 20 mark essays (more broad) and one 12 mark essay (more specialised). Personally I found the 12 mark essays harder because you really need to know the topic well, which means far more studying in my experience. I remember my teacher saying there was something like a possible 20 essays for Modern Studies, and any of them could be the 12 marks specialised essay - so it makes it a lot harder in my opinion.

Whereas Paper 2 in Modern Studies is far easy as all the answers are on the page, you just have to find them and format them, no knowledge is required. However, for Paper 2 in History, you need knowledge in every answer you give, however, I found this extremely easy as my Scottish topic for Paper 2 was the same as my N5 Scottish topic.

Ultimately, my opinions are entirely subjective, but I hope this gives you some more insight into what you should choose!
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Thanx for the reply and yes it did help
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