Social subjects

The Faculty is comprised of Geography, History, Modern Studies and Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies. We aim to ensure that all of our pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need if they are to flourish in life, learning and work, now and in the future.

Subjects/Courses offered BGE (S1 – S2)

In S1 and S2 pupils study Social Subjects – this is a course which integrates Geography, History, Modern Studies and RMPS and equips pupils with valuable skills. These skills include, for example, map skills, being able to debate, work effectively with others, evaluate evidence, research, make informed conclusions and think critically. Literacy, numeracy and health and well-being are all intertwined with the Social Subjects content and skills through a wealth of learning activities and interesting topics.

BGE (S3)

In S3 pupils are able to personalise their learning in Social Subjects by choosing to take Social Subjects with Geography, Social Subjects with History or Social Subjects in Modern Studies. In addition to this they have a core period each week of RMPS. All pupils across the three areas complete a unit on Research methods and skills that allows them to build on skills that have learned in S1-3, ready to complete their Added Value units and Assignments in the Senior Phase. This unit teaches pupils transferable skills that they can use in all other areas of the school and when they leave school and enter the workforce and further education.

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Senior Phase

Pupils in S4, 5 and 6 are following National Qualifications Courses (National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher) some are also following the RMPS award (SCQF levels 3 to 6). In all of the courses offered within the Faculty, pupils are encouraged to further build on their collaborative and independent learning, appropriate and effective use of technology, and develop their skills of analysis and evaluation of sources.

Interviewing the ranger at Burn O’Vat Visitor questionnaire, Ballater


Vegetation survey


Visitor Questionnaire, Ballater

About Us

The Social Subjects Faculty is committed to promoting the ethos of the School; a community that helps pupils develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed in school and beyond. As such we provide a range of courses and learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom. Pupils in the Faculty benefit from a range of excursions ranging from a visit to the Scottish Parliament to carrying out geography fieldwork at Burn O’Vat. Pupils also enjoy and learn from visits by Geobus and living history performers. Our courses are designed to allow pupils to progress in their learning during their time with us and we offer Study Support to help all to achieve their full potential.