Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies

Mrs J Copner

Mr I Cunningham


National 4 & 5 / Higher

Modern Studies

National 4 & 5 / Higher



The RMPS Department offers a wide variety of courses aimed to develop skills and positive attitudes towards social issues in our community and beyond . We use a range of activities including drama, project based learning and discussion. We offer significant learning experiences such as the Youth Philanthropy Initiative for S2 pupils. We offer accreditation to all S3 pupils completing the Religion Belief and Values Award at Level 4. S4 pupils have the opportunity of exploring Social Anthropology at Level 5. We offer National 5 and Higher Philosophy during S5 and S6. We believe RMPS is for everyone and it plays a central part in developing values for young people.


Welcome to Portlethen Academy RMPS Department

S1 Jewish Restaurant Project

S1 Jewish Restaurant Project

S2 Winners of Youth Philanthropy Initiative 2016

S2 Winners of Youth Philanthropy Initiative 2016

S4 Christian Marriage Project

S4 Christian Marriage Project

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National 5/Higher Philosophy


What is Philosophy?

Philosophy is the study of ultimate questions which human beings face, through the use of reason and logic.


SQA National 5 and Higher Philosophy courses look at three key philosophical issues:


  • What is a good argument?


  • What can we know?


  • How do we make moral decisions?


Why study Philosophy?

National 5 and Higher Philosophy courses provide opportunities for you to:


  • Develop critical thinking skills which more and more employers are looking for and are vital skills for further study at college or university


  • Develop your own ideas in a reasoned and structured way


  • Gain insight into ideas and opinions which might conflict with your own


  • Consider current issues that affect society


Course Outline:

Both the National 5 and the Higher Philosophy courses are divided into three units:


Arguments in Action: here we study the nature of arguments and types of reasoning;

Knowledge and Doubt: this unit explores how we can gain knowledge – we consider the work of two key philosophers, Rene Descartes and David Hume;

Moral Philosophy: We look at the moral theories of Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill and Immanuel Kant as we try to decide which theories are most successful for making  moral decisions.


Mrs J Copner and Mr I Cunningham

RMPS Department, Portlethen Academy