About Modernity Scotland

Digital Learning

"The hybrid model combines the best of in-school and remote learning, with digital engagement. It is more than a quick fix. It is a way to enhance and accelerate learning by providing student centered approaches to meet diverse learners needs."

Microsoft, Education Re-Imagined

Modernity Scotland has always sought to offer teachers and learners the most up to date Modern Studies and Politics content in the most accessible way. 

This site, we believe, offers teachers the opportunity to not just achieve exam success for their learners but deep learning

Hybrid learning was an emergency response to the Covid pandemic. But a planned blended learning model is the future. 

Face-to-face learning in the classroom when blended with engaging digital content offers great opportunities for improved interaction with teachers and peers as well as support for learners.

Scottish Government Enhancing Education and Teaching Through Use of Digital Technologies


This year we offer two courses; Higher Modern Studies and Higher Politics.

You can either subscribe as a student, at a cost of £5 per month (free to EMA recipients) or as a school/college for £200 per academic year.

Higher Modern Studies

Higher Modern Studies is broken down into Chapters.

Our Chapters are

  1. Democracy in Scotland and the UK
  2. Social Inequality
  3. Crime and the Law
  4. The USA

Higher Politics

Higher Politics is broken down into Chapters.

Our Chapters are

  1. Political Theory
  2. Political Systems
  3. Political Parties and Elections

How the site works

Each Chapter is broken down into Lessons which mirror the bullet points of the SQA Course Specification.Each Lesson has

  • An Instructional Video. This enables learners to pause and process information at their own speed
  • A quiz to recap knowledge
  • Support materials to download

Sample Lesson

Higher Modern Studies Voting Systems

This lesson looks at the strengths and weaknesses of different electoral systems used in elections within the UK. Click here to view. 

Student Subscriptions

Students/parents can take out an individual subscription for either Higher Modern Studies or Higher Politics.

These are the schedules of resources for Higher Modern Studies and Higher Politics.

Each week an instructional video is released which can be viewed, paused and reviewed at the student's own pace.

Institutional Subscriptions

A school/college can subscribe all its students for either Higher Modern Studies or Higher Politics.

Just let us know how many student places you need and a voucher code will be set up for the appropriate number of places.

Each student will have his/her own account and can view all of the instructional videos and other resources for the Course.

Institutions which would like to take out a subscription  to Higher Modern Studies or Higher Politics should make out a purchase order and send it to

Modernity Scotland

The Woodside Hotel

82 High Street

Aberdour KY3 0SW

Or contact John McTaggart directly to enable instant access:

07590 227925 or john@modernity.scot

Courses Leader

John McTaggart

John is a vastly experienced Modern Studies teacher. A former faculty head and SQA consultant, John has been at the forefront of Modern Studies development for way more years than he would like reminded of. As the writer of Modernity Scotland Courses, John ensures that each Course is accessible and accurate and prepares students for the precise specifications for SQA assessment. John is fully GTCS registered and PVG Scotland disclosured.

Educational Maintenance Allowance


Scottish education, historically, offered young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity  to progress in life. Today, sadly, there are wide inequalities in educational attainment and Scottish society in general.  The student Modernity Scotland Courses in Modern Studies and Politics are free to any young person in receipt of an EMA. Monthly Zoom tuition is also free. Contact John with your EMA number and details of your school/college.


  • Who can subscribe to Modernity Scotland?

    Both institutions and and individual students can subscribe to either or both Higher Modern Studies and Higher Politics. Once the institution subscribes to a Course, the lead teacher is sent access codes for each of their students. Individual students/parents can also take out a subscription.

  • How long does a subscription last for?

    A subscription lasts from the date of purchase until the date of the SQA Higher Modern Studies/Politics exam that academic year.

  • How much does a subscription cost?

    A Higher Modern Studies subscription costs £200 per school. This entitles all learners taking Higher Modern Studies within the school their own access to the website and its resources. Learners can log in 24/7. Individual student subscriptions cost £5 per month.

  • What resources do I get with a subscription?

    Each Lesson within a Course contains an Instructional Video. This enables learners to pause and process information at their own speed.  Each Lesson has a follow up quiz to recap knowledge. Each Lesson has a downloadable support document.

  • How much does a student subcription cost?

    Parents can purchase a student Higher Modern Studies subscription. It costs £5 per month. Videos are made available on a monthly basis and students can view them at a pace which suits them. A subscription is free if the student is in receipt of an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

  • When does the student subscription start for Higher Politics and Higher Modern Studies??

    The first Lesson for Higher Modern Studies is released on 15 August 2022. and the first for Higher Politics on 22 August 2022.

  • Can I sit the exam with Modernity Scotland?

    Modernity Scotland is an Approved SQA provider for Higher Politics, but not Modern Studies. Students therefore, whose school/college does not offer Higher Politics, can do the whole Course, including the SQA exam, with us.

  • Where would I sit the Higher Politics exam?

    Our centre is The Woodside Hotel, Aberdour, Fife. You have to sit the exam here unless it can be arranged with your school/college to sit it there. This must be agreed in advance. There is no obligation on the school/college, it is very much a favour on their part. Students can ask their SQA co-ordinatore but it may not be possible.

  • What's my chances of success in Higher Politics with Modernity Scotland?

    Pretty good! We've presented candidates since 2013 and no-one has failed! We monitor your progress on a regular basis, offering support and advice. No one is set up to fail.

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