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SCQF LEVEL 6 - Higher

This course aims to help pupils gain a deeper understanding of society through looking at human beliefs, values and behaviours. We will do this through studying the world religion of Buddhism, the moral issues surrounding crime and justice, and the philosophical question of ‘What is the origin of life?’




1 Year full time/

5  periods per week


Assignment of 1 hour and 30 mins


2 question papers with a total of 3 hours




Miss Campbell

Miss McLeod



This course helps students to understand society. You will learn about, and from, religious beliefs, non-religious viewpoints, and your own personal experience. By exploring how religion, morality and philosophy can help people find meaning and purpose in life, you will develop your understanding of human beliefs, values and behaviour. Throughout the course, there are opportunities for you to develop literacy, personal learning and thinking skills, and a sense of responsible citizenship.


The course allows students to:

  • develop an understanding and respect for different beliefs, values and viewpoints

  • learn how to express their values and beliefs

  • put their values or beliefs into action in ways which benefit others

make informed moral decisions

This course encourages active learning in the process of investigating religious, moral and philosophical topics or issues. Through the course as a whole, you will take a broad overview of the beliefs, values or viewpoints of more than one religion.


You will develop and apply a range of cognitive skills over a range of religious, moral and philosophical contexts in three areas of study: world religion, morality and belief, and religious and philosophical questions. The course offers opportunities for you to focus on particular skills, and has flexibility in the topics which you can study.


You will develop knowledge and understanding of the following topics through class study:


  • Religion and Justice: This is a morality topic which considers the various moral responses to major issues related to crime and justice, such as: the purpose of punishment, responses to crime, and capital punishment.

  • Buddhism: This is a world religion topic in which looks at the main beliefs and practices of Buddhists across the world.

  • Origins: This is a philosophy topic in which considers the main philosophical responses to the question ‘What is the origin of life?’


The course assessment consists of:

  • 2 Question Papers which will sample questions from across the topics of: Buddhism, Religion and Justice, and Origins. Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the topics as well and the skills of analysis and evaluation. These papers will be sat under exam conditions and marked by the SQA. They are worth 80 marks out of the total 110 marks for the course assessment. 

  • An Assignment task which is a piece of independent research in which pupils pick a topic of study and then write up their findings under exam conditions. This is worth 30 marks out of the total 110 marks for the course assessment.


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

It would beneficial for pupils to have National 5 RMPS from S4 however pupils can still take Higher RMPS if they have a National 5 pass in another social subject or English. 

what will you get?

The course is graded

A: Band 1, Band 2

B: Band 3, Band 4

C: Band 5, Band 6

D: Band 7


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Most careers will benefit from your experience in RMPS however some jobs more closely related to the knowledge and skills learned are law, politics, psychology, teaching, social work, social care, youth work, health care (including nursing and medicine), counselling, community work, broadcasting and journalism, charity administration and fundraising, human resources, and religious leadership.

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

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