Social studies

Through social studies, children and young people develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people and their values, in different times, places and circumstances; they also develop their understanding of their environment and of how it has been shaped.

Practical support and resources

You decide - A political literacy resource: This resource is aimed at developing professional capacity in practitioners, schools and community settings to develop and embed the key skills of political literacy in young people.

People of Medieval Scotland: People of Medieval Scotland is made up of 32 extensive resources on a range of topics focused on the lives of ordinary people in Scotland during medieval times. The topics range from traitors to castles and are informative and engaging.

Find more resources, examples of practice, research and improvement frameworks and tools for social studies in the National Improvement Hub.

Key documents

Experiences and outcomes

Principles and practice documents


Social studies 3-18 curriculum review (impact report)

National Qualifications

Browse the SQA site to find materials across the range of social studies subjects.