Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies

RMPS is the study of the religious and philosophical aspects of the world and the solutions they offer for some of the biggest questions in life. The issues are studied within the context of Scotland and world religions. In the Nationals and the Higher our main topics are a) World Religion, b) Morality and Belief and c) Religious and Philosophical Questions. Learning skills is an important part of RMPS and we focus on three main skills: 1) analyse and reflect, 2) investigate and explain and 3) make comparisons and give a reasoned view.
Who might choose this subject?
To study at Higher a pupil should have an A or B pass at National 5. For National 4 a National 3 pass is required and for National 5 a National 4 pass is required. A candidate without these requirements must speak to the Head of Humanities to attempt to come to an agreement on admission. Admission will be dependent upon attainment in the other subjects in Humanities and in English.

RMPS can be further studied at Higher. Many RMPS students go on to study or have a career in Human Resources, research, management, the police, law, youth work, social care or counselling.

Additional Information
National 5 involves a final exam, internal assessments and an Added Value Unit. Pupils will conduct their own research in for the Added Value Unit.

National 4 does not involve a final exam. There are three internal assessments and an Added Value Unit (AVU). For the AVU pupils must research a topic of their choice and write a report on it.  The qualification is a simple pass or fail with no grades.

At National 3 level there are three written assessments that need to be passed to achieve the qualification. There is no AVU or exam.

At Higher there is an exam and an assignment to do during the year. Students will have to conduct their own research for the assignment.