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SCQF LEVEL 3/4 - National 3/4

The National 3/4 People and Society Course develops basic knowledge of key ideas from across social studies and social science disciplines, and an awareness of significant influences on society and individuals. Learners gain a range of skills which will enhance opportunities to engage positively in society, as well as knowledge and understanding of society and their place in it. 


National 3/4


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


End of unit assessments


No exam




Any social subjects teacher



National People and Society gives candidates opportunities to develop greater understanding into the history of our country and its impact on the development and place in the modern world.  Pupils develop important attributes such as confidence, an open mind and respect for the values, beliefs and cultures of others; openness to new thinking and ideas; and a sense of responsibility and global citizenship.  


The course also emphasises the development and application of skills. The focus on evaluating sources develops candidates’ thinking skills. They also develop skills in literacy through using and synthesising information in different ways. 

Active and independent learning by setting personal targets, reviewing and reflecting on progress and deciding next steps; self and peer evaluation  


  • A blend of classroom approaches including whole class, small group or one to one discussions; direct interactive teaching; fieldwork, visits or trips; application of skills and knowledge to real-life situations  

  • Collaborative learning: in groups or pairs to encourage team- working; with learners in other curricular areas to reinforce and transfer skills; with external partners, as appropriate

  • Space for personalisation and choice

  • Applying learning

  • Embedding literacy and numeracy skills: information-handling; presenting findings; evaluating; talking, listening, reading, writing; using IT; gathering data 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Pupils who are wishing to continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of different topics which bridge over History, Modern Studies, Geography and RMPS. 


Pupils who are looking to further develop their social subjects skills to progress to another Social Subjects at the National 4 level. 

what will you get?

To gain National 3/4s, learners must pass all the Units in the Course:

  • Units are assessed by the school/centre (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards)

  • Assessment (or ‘evidence of learning’) may be digital or spoken presentations, posters, leaflets, extended writing, notes, wall displays or podcasts. Learners may use these to build a portfolio to show their progress through the Units

  • National 3/4's are not graded. 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Most careers will benefit from your experience in Social Subjects however some jobs more closely related to the skills and knowledge developed include teacher, police officer, civil service, law and journalism. 



Skills developed through People and Society: 

Problem Solving: 

Working independently, resilience, time management, positive work ethic. 


Leading groups, building confidence, organisational skills. You are required to complete coursework which demands you to take responsibility for your own learning and have a proactive, motivated attitude towards your studies. 


Working successfully in a group, delegation, presenting information. 


Working with others, presenting findings, using clear and concise language. 


Making conclusions, making and justifying a decision, analysing and evaluating sources and historical arguments. 

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.

Brogan Dray- S6


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