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SCQF LEVEL 5 - National 5

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 Christianity, the moral issues surrounding relationships, and the philosophical problem of the existence of evil and suffering.


National 5


1 Year full time/

160 hours


Assignment of 1 hour 


Question paper of 2 hrs and 20 mins




Miss Campbell

Miss McLeod



The National 5 Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies course will help you to develop an understanding of the society in which we live and work through learning about, and from, religious beliefs, non-religious viewpoints and personal experience.


The course encourages you to develop your own values and beliefs and learn how to express them. It will help you to develop respect for others and an understanding of beliefs and practices which are different from their own. You will develop an understanding of human beliefs, values and behaviour; and examine how religion, morality and philosophy might help people find meaning and purpose in life.


Throughout this course you will have opportunities to develop literacy, personal learning and thinking skills as well as a sense of responsible citizenship.

The National 5 RMPS course develops a range of important higher order thinking skills. It encourages active learning in the process of investigating religious, moral and philosophical issues. You will learn to express your viewpoints and you will have the opportunity for personal reflection.


You will also develop a wide range of important and transferable skills including accurate recording of information, researching resources, analysing and evaluating beliefs and values, and expressing reasoned personal opinions in a variety of contexts.


The National 5 RMPS course has three areas of study. In each area, you will focus on one of the world’s six major religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism).


The areas of study are:

  • Morality and Belief: Morality and Relationships – This topic will look at various religious and non-religious responses to moral issues related to human relationships, such as: marriage, sexuality, gender roles, and equality.

  • World religion: Christianity – In this topic we will look at the religion of Christianity with more breadth and depth than what has already been covered in core RMPS. We will look at the variety of beliefs and practices of Christians across the world.

  • Religious and Philosophical Questions: The Problem of Evil and Suffering – This topic looks at the various philosophical responses to the question of ‘How can an all-loving God exist and allow so many people to experience pain and suffering?’.


The course assessment consists of:

  • A Question Paper which will sample questions from across the topics of: Christianity, Morality and Relationships, and The Problem of Evil and Suffering. Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the topics as well and the skills of analysis and evaluation. This paper will be sat under exam conditions and marked by the SQA. It is worth 80 marks out of the total 100 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 20 marks out of the total 100 marks for the course assessment. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Pupils will have completed S3 core RMPS and should be sitting at least one other National 5 social subject or National 5 English alongside this course.

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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