Senior Phase

National 4 Senior Phase

Our entry requirements: Completion of Levels 1 and 2 Experiences and Outcomes, working at Level 3.

This course is designed to further your language skills both in your understanding of how writers produce text and manipulate language to create effects (This unit is called ‘Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation) and in your ability to produce texts for yourself (This unit is called Creation and Production). Throughout this course you will be challenged and helped to listen, talk, read and write in such a way that you will be better prepared either for the world of further education or of work. In order to achieve a National 4 Award you need to complete an English Assignment (Added Value Unit) and two mandadtory units:

Unit 1: Analysis and Evaluation

Outcome 1: You will demonstrate an ability to analyse and evaluate straightforward written texts demonstrating that you understand purpose, audience, main ideas, supporting details and literary techniques including critical terminology. This is demonstrated by passing a close reading assessment.

Outcome 2: You will demonstrate an ability to analyse and evaluate straightforward spoken language demonstrating that you understand purpose, audience, main ideas, supporting details and how speakers use language to create spoken effects. This is demonstrated through listening assessments.

Unit 2: Creation and Production

Outcome 1: You will produce straightforward written texts in a variety of genres (creative or discursive). Our aim is to improve essay writing skills which respect the expectations of the specific genres.

Outcome 2: You will take part in straightforward spoken interactions selecting significant ideas and content which pay attention to purpose and audience. You will demonstrate an ability to communicate meaning at first hearing using both language and non verbal communication.

Progression: National 4 is a useful course for those who plan to leave school at the end of S4. There is however a progression pathway onto National 5 the following year.

National 5 Senior Phase

Our entry Requirements: Completion of 4th Level Experiences and Outcomes and a completed Added Value Unit from National 4.

This course is designed to further your language skills both in your understanding of how writers produce text and manipulate language to create effects (‘Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation’) and in your ability to produce texts for yourself (‘Creation and Production’). Throughout this course you will be challenged and helped to listen, talk, read and write in such a way that you will be better prepared either for the world of further education or of work.

Unlike National 4 which is all internally assessed, National 5 concludes with an external assessment which has two components:

Component 1: The exam (70% of your overall grade)

Paper 1 accounts 30% of the overall score and is a one hour paper which will test your skills in reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation. You will answer questions on a non fiction newspaper article you will not have seen before.

For this reason, regular reading of newspaper and magazine articles is essential.

Paper 2 is a ninety minute paper has two parts:

The Critical Essay accounts for 20%, where you will answer an unseen question on a text you will have studied in class (usually Prose Fiction, Drama, Poetry or Film and Television).

The Scottish Text section also accounts for 20%. You will write an extended answer relating to the ideas and/or themes in the extract of a text to other texts you will have studied by the same writer. Again, you could be analysing Prose Fiction, Drama, Poetry or Film and Television.

Component 2: The folio (30% of your overall grade)

This will consist of two pieces of writing in two genres: one Broadly Creative and the other Broadly Discursive. A maximum of 15 marks will be awarded for each essay. As you will have opportunities to draft and redraft these essays there is a very high expectation that they will be submitted free from technical errors.

It is never too early to start work on folio pieces. You will be expected to produce a first draft of a Broadly Creative piece before the summer break.

It is essential – and fair to everybody else – that this is your own work and not that of a tutor or work taken from the internet.

Progression: A pass at National 5 can lead to Higher the following year. 

 

Higher 

Our entry requirements: A Pass at A or B at National 5 should lead to successfully sitting the Higher examination the following year. A C pass at National 5 is acceptable but we may recommend either that you have reached your potential in the subject or may be advised to try a two-year Higher course. 

The structure of Higher is very similar to National 5 and is designed to further your language skills, both in your understanding of how writers produce text and manipulate language to create effects ( ‘Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation’) and in your ability to produce texts for yourself (‘Creation and Production’). Throughout this course you will be challenged and helped to listen, talk, read and write in such a way that you will be better prepared either for the world of further education or of work.

Like National 5 there is an external assessment in two components:

Component 1: The exam (70% of your overall grade)

Paper 1 accounts 30% of the overall score and will test your skills in reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation by answering questions on a non fiction newspaper article you will not have seen before. The step up from National 5 is significant. Once you have answered questions on the first paper there is a second paper you will be required to read. This is then followed by a question asking you to explain in a developed answer in what ways the second paper is similar and/or different to the first one. The texts you are reading are likely to be more more complex than those at National 5 level and will require much more detailed answers from you. The texts are also likely to be more persuasive in style than those at National 5, which are more informative.

Again, regular (and increased) reading of newspaper and magazine articles is essential.

Here are a couple of free online pages for persuasive journalism:

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The second paper is one hour and forty-five minutes and has two parts:

The Critical Essay accounts for 20%, where you will answer an unseen question on a text you will have studied in class (usually Prose Fiction, Drama, Poetry or Film and Television).

The Scottish Text section also accounts for 20%. You will write an extended answer relating to the ideas and/or themes in the extract of a text to other texts you will have studied by the same writer. Again, you could be analysing Prose Fiction, Drama, Poetry or Film and Television.

One difference from National 5 is that the comparative question is worth 10 marks, and not 8. You will also need to write more detailed and sophisticated answers.

Component 2: The folio (30% of your overall grade)

This will consist of two pieces of writing in two genres: one Broadly Creative and the other Broadly Discursive. 15 marks will be awarded to each essay. As you will have opportunities to draft and redraft these essays there is a very high expectation that they will be submitted free from technical errors.

It is never too early to start work on folio pieces. You will be expected to produce a first draft of a Broadly Creative piece before the summer break.

Again, it is essential – and fair to everybody else – that this is your own work and not that of a tutor or work taken from the internet.

PROGRESSION onto college, university or work. There is also the possibility of Advanced Higher

 

New Advanced Higher

Our entry requirements; we would expect a B Grade at Higher.

Please be advised – if you do not enjoy reading, do not pick Advanced Higher English.

Component 1: Literary Study – Final exam – 20 marks.

  • You will choose one question from a range of questions and write a critical essay.
  • You will use texts we study in class

Component 2: Textual Analysis – final exam – 20 marks.

You will choose one question on an unseen literary text and write an extended critical analysis of it. You will select from poetry, prose, prose non-fiction or drama.

Component 3: Writing Folio – 30 marks.

  • You will produce two pieces of writing for two different purposes.
  • These pieces can be persuasive, informative, argumentative, reflective, poetry, prose fiction or drama.
  • 1000 word minimum, no maximum.

Component 4: Dissertation – 30 marks.

  • You will produce an extended critical essay showing your knowledge and understanding of an aspect or aspects of literature.
  • 2500 word minimum, 3000 word maximum.
  • The text(s) chosen must not be the same as those used in ‘Literary Study’. It will usually be done on two texts that are linked in some way, or one substantial text.

You will also undertake two units (‘Analysis and Evaluation’ and ‘Creation and Production’) as part of the course. These will be part of the process of preparing for the four components above.

PROGRESSION onto college, university or work.

 

LINKS to RESOURCES

Dear Senior Students,

we would like to share a few links that will give you a little support and information as you continue your National 5, Higher Revision or Advanced Higher revision.

Use your time wisely in the following weeks and months and if you need support, ask your English teacher for help.

SQA Past Papers

You can find past papers, specimen papers and mark schemes (to review your answers with) on this page. If you are doing Higher, remember to pick the ‘New Higher’ option from the drop-down menu.

Nat 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Past Papers



BBC Bitesize

Lots of resources for revision and ‘Test’ sections. The site covers all the parts of the National 5 and Higher courses.

National 5

Higher

Education Scotland’s ‘Knowledge about Language’

If you are unsure rules of grammar, parts of speech, punctuation, common mistakes or other technical aspects of language, this resource is very useful. We’ve also posted answers to the ‘Test Yourself’ section as a separate document too.

KoL

KoL Answers

SQA ‘Understanding Standards’

This is an excellent new resource for National 5 and Higher. It shows scanned-in examples of candidates’ papers from last year’s exams. You can see what they wrote, what marks they were awarded according to the SQA Markers and why they gained/did not gain the marks.

SQA ‘Understanding Standards’

Weblinks for English Resources from Education Scotland

This resource provides six pages of different links to English resources. Not all of them will be useful to you. However, some of them are very good and might provide that extra mark or two that could make the difference…

Weblinks for English

Revision App

Thanks to our very own Sakib Ahamed for sharing this handy Revision App. It allows you to plan your time and even prioritise according to your particular strengths and areas for development.

SQA Revsion App