National 5 SQA Study Guides from Bright Red

BrightRED Study Guides for National 5 help you develop and apply invaluable knowledge and skills for your SQA exams. National 5 courses are made up of a number of Units and a Course Assessment. The Course Assessment consists of a question paper exam and/or coursework such as assignments, portfolios and practical activities. Our National 5 Study Guides cover each of the mandatory units and also include an extensive Glossary of key terms.

These full-colour books cover all content in an easy-to-learn format and are packed with BrightRED features including Don't Forget text boxes for key points  and Things To Do And Think About questions and exercises. Every National 5 Study Guide is also fully supported with lots of free online links, tests and activities at the award-winning BrightRED Digital Zone.

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Caleb Marwick, Kirsty Marsland & Heidi Stoutjesdyk with Contributing Editor Derek Timpany

Fully up-to-date to reflect the latest SQA course and assessment changes. Revised content throughout.


ISBN:978-1-84948-321-6, 128pp

Completely up-to-date to reflect the latest SQA course and assessment changes. 

National 5 Modern Studies is a course that allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of many of the most important and interesting issues in Scotland and/or UK politics, UK society as well as issues in or between countries or international organisations.

This BrightRED New Edition Study Guide for National 5 Modern Studies will equip you with a range of skills to help you be a confident individual and effective contributor in your further studies, your chosen career and your wider life. These skills include effective research, understanding and analysing a range of competing information, working with other people, and communicating/presenting what you know and understand.

This guide is designed to give you the best possible chance to succeed at National 5 Modern Studies. Each section contains detailed examples and explanations of the relevant topic, in as user-friendly a way as possible.

There have been extensive revisions made throughout this New Edition Study Guide to bring it right up-to-date with the very latest SQA changes. There have been changes to facts, did you know boxes, video links and the online material. The most significant changes have taken place in the Democracy in Scotland and the UK section and International Issues. Further revisions have been made to the Introduction pages, Skills spreads and Social Issues in the UK.

You can also boost your revision with lots of extra material, tests and links on the free BrightRED Digital Zone. 


  • Introduction
  • Democracy in Scotland & the UK
  • Social Issues in the UK
  • International Issues

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