SCQF LEVEL 3/4 - National 3/4

The Core RMPS course aims to develop pupils’ critical thinking by focusing on perspectives of world issues. We will consider Philosophical, Religious and Secular views on a range of issues that pupils will find relevant and topical.


RMPS will teach pupils to challenge their own ideas as well as the ideas of others. The course provides opportunities to develop transferrable skills that will benefit pupils in all other subjects. Skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, research skills, expressing a reasoned viewpoint among others.


National 3/4


1 Year full time/

1 period a week




No exam




Miss McLeod

Miss Campbell




The topics studied in S4 RMPS are:


  • N4 Added Value Unit (SQA assessed)


  • Philosophical Questions


  • Global Citizenship – Charity


  • National 4 Unit: Morality and Conflict (SQA assessed)


The S4 RMPS course will enhance your experiences in other National 4/5 courses in RMPS, Social Subjects and English by encouraging you to work on thinking skills. This course will also prepare you for Higher RMPS and Philosophy if you choose to take it in S5/6. It will also compliment and further develop the skills used in the National 5 RMPS course.


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

All pupils will study RMPS in S4.

what will you get?

You will be assessed throughout the two years using CfE level 4 Benchmarks and the National 4 RMPS Unit outcomes.  Assessment approaches include extended writing pieces, Investigations, reports, discursive essays, posters and homework tasks.


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 and human resources.

If you choose to take RMPS In S4-6 you can do National 5 RMPS, Higher RMPS and Higher Philosophy; all of which will allow you to further develop your critical thinking skills.  

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.