In Social Studies in pupils have the opportunity to learn about Business, Geography, History and Modern Studies.

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> Modern Studies
> Busines Studies


S1 pupils also have a separate period of RME. The pupils' experience in S1 consists of many interesting and engaging units of work such as Business: What a business is, sectors of industry, entrepreneurs, choosing a business location and marketing.

History: The History of Scotland; from Scotland’s first people to the Scottish Wars of Independence. 

Geography: Geography of Scotland, how Scotland’s landscape is formed, climate zones and the effects of climate change. 

Modern Studies: A study of rights and responsibilities through looking at democracies and dictatorships and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

RME: Pupils study a variety of religious and moral issues, such as Christianity, animal rights and the golden rule. 



Course Overview

The following links give an overview of the courses and contents offered in Social Studies:

1A1 Social

wallace-bust-glass.jpg1A2 Social

1C1 Social

1C2 Social

2A1 Social

2A2 Social

2B1 Social

2C1 Social

2C2 Social

osmap.pngS3 Geography

S4 Geography

S5/6 Geography

S3 Social Studies

S4 Social Studies

S5/S6 Social Studies

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RMPS Higher & S5/6 N5

S3 Business

S4 Admin

S4 Business

S5/6 Admin

S5/6 Business





S2 History 

In S2 pupils will study a 6/7 block of History whereby they will learn about World War II. Throughout this units pupils will consider key events of the War and will develop important skills. 

S3 History 

In S3 pupils will study World War I and consider the impact of the War at home and away. Pupils will also study the Rise of the Nazis; considering themes of power and intolerance. In their last year of their Broad General Education pupils will develop important skills and knowledge which will prepare them for their National Qualifications. 

National 4/5 History 

Pupils who study National 4/5 History will study 3 units: 

Scotland: The Scottish Wars of Independence.

Britain: The Making of Modern Britain

European/World: Free at Last? Race relations in the USA. 

Throughout these units of work pupils will develop their ability in source handling and applying their knowledge. 

Higher History 

Pupils who study Higher History will study 3 units:

Scotland: Migration and Empire 1830 – 1939

Britain: Britain 1851-1951

European/World: Appeasement: The Road to WW2. 

Throughout these units of work pupils will develop their ability to form an argument in their essay writing and pupils will also develop their source handling skills. 




S2 Geography

During the 6/7 week block, pupils will undertake the topic ‘Death and Disaster’, where they will look at a variety of natural disasters, including volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and tornadoes.  Pupils will develop their knowledge through case studies and will become global citizens, showing empathy for others.  They will enhance their team work and problem solving skills.

S3 Geography 

In S3, pupils will build their local, national and international knowledge by learning about three key topics:-

In Settlement, pupils will learn about the different functions and zones of cities across the globe and will have the opportunity to build their own city in groups, using their knowledge.  They will enhance their understanding of local issues by examining the growth of Irvine and Glasgow.

In the Kenya unit, pupils will learn what life is like for people living in this country, and be able to make comparisons to their own lives.  Pupils will learn about the Masaai tribe, safaris, coral reefs and ecotourism.

In the Water unit, pupils will learn about river, land use conflicts and management, water related diseases, wild weather, flooding and environmental issues, such as plastics in our oceans.

National 4/5

Pupils will undertake the following three units when studying National 4 or 5:-

Physical Environments – Glaciated uplands, coastal landscapes and weather

Human Environments – Population, Development, Urban and Rural

Global Issues – Global Climate Change and Health (malaria, heart disease and HIV/Aids)

Pupils will develop their map and analysis skills, and will be required to undertake field work to achieve their assignment.


Pupils will undertake the following three units when studying Higher:-

Physical Environments – Lithosphere, Biosphere, Atmosphere and Hydrosphere

Human Environments – Urban, Rural and Population

Global Issues – Global Climate Change and Development and Health (malaria)

Pupils will also be assessed on the Application of Skills, where they will use their map and analysis skills to argue for or against a particular scenario.




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