There is a range of material available, including examples of candidate evidence with commentaries, as part of our Understanding Standards programme. This material is for teachers and lecturers to help them develop their understanding of the standards required for assessment. As new material is developed we will publish this information in our weekly Centre News. All material available can be found in the following locations:
- Available from our Understanding Standards website Material relating to externally assessed components of course assessment, with the exception of those subject to visiting assessment.
Available from our secure website Material relating to internally assessed components of course assessment, and components of course assessment which are subject to visiting assessment. In addition, material relating to freestanding units which are no longer part of National 5 courses can be found on this website. Teachers and lecturers can arrange access to these materials through their SQA Co-ordinator.
More information on Understanding Standards material for this subject can be found on our Understanding Standards website at http://www.understandingstandards.org.uk/Subjects/Modern_Studies.
The National 5 audio presentation provides a detailed overview of the revised course assessment for this subject.
National 5 Modern Studies Audio Presentation (12.53 MB)
Additional CPD support
Where any particular areas of concern are identified, which are not addressed by our Understanding Standards events or support materials, we will offer free continuing professional development (CPD) training, subject to request. CPD support is subject-specific and can be tailored to cover one or more qualification level. To find out more about this service visit our CPD page.
Course Intro Blog
Democracy 1 Blog – Devolved and Reserved Powers
Democracy 2 Blog – Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government
Democracy 3 Blog – Founding Principles of Scottish Parliament
Democracy 4 Blog – Democracy and the work of an MSP
Democracy 5 Blog – Work of an MSP in Parliament
Democracy 6 Blog – Local Councils
Democracy 7 Blog – Participation
Democracy 8 Blog – Why we should vote and we people don’t vote
Democracy 9 Blog – Voting Systems – Election
Democracy 10 Blog – STV Voting System
AMS resource sheet – advantages and disadvantages of AMS (you need to put these in the correct order)
STV advantages and disadvantages – advantages and disadvantages of STV (you need to put these in the correct order)
Democracy 11 Blog – Pressure Groups Introduction
Democracy 12 Blog – Pressure Groups Methods
Democracy 13 Blog – Pressure Groups Rights and Responsibilities