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.


The topics studied in S3 RMPS are:

  • What is Morality?

  • Assisted Dying

  • Philosophy: What Is Happiness?

  • Life and Death Issues


The purpose of the S3 RMPS course is to allow you to develop key skills such as critical thinking, considering reasons for your opinions, viewing topics from various perspectives and challenging assumptions about world issues. By developing these skills, you will be making connections with other subject areas and preparing for the National 5 course if you chose to take it.


Everything you need to know before selecting this course


Homework will be given as and when required and will usually be researching a topic or watching a documentary and taking notes to inform future lessons. You will also be asked to finish work at home if necessary.

How you will be assessed

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.

S4 and beyond

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.