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Modern studies is subject taught only within Scotland and is taught in secondary schools, though aspects of modern studies also form part of the curriculum for primary age children.



The subject is intially compulsory at secondary school, through after the first couple of years of study it becomes an optional subject.

The subject looks at seven area:

  • Equality
  • Ideology
  • Need
  • Participation
  • Power
  • Representation
  • Rights

Scottish Standard Grade

Standard Grade Modern Studies is an optional subject. It has 4 sections which you will study over 2 years:

  • Area 1 - Living in a Democracy (covering Politics and Trade Unions)
  • Area 2 - Changing Society (covering Elderly, Unemployed and Families)
  • Area 3 - Ideologies (covering either the USA or China)
  • Area 4 - International Relations (covering Politics of Aid and Alliances)

Scottish Higher

Read some Scottish Highers Modern Studies revision notes to get help with your revision. Why not contribute your own notes too?


Modern Studies is not a subject that is studies at university under the title 'modern studies'. It is however connected with many aspects of social science subjects such as law, politics, sociology and economics. If you wish to study any of these subjects at university, having studied modern studies at Higher level will be an advantage, though not compulsory.

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