Subject Information - English

National 5

Head of Department: Dr Linda Mackenney

Course Progression: English S5

English Literacy (S3 and S4): National 4/5

Approximately 20 pupils in S3 and S4 complete the Literacy Units for National 4 and National 5, with the aim of accessing National 5 English and other literacy-rich courses in the curriculum. Now that the SQA has decided to remove the National 5 English outcomes from the course, the National 4 Literacy Unit will be embedded in the S3 English course: the National 5 Literacy Unit will continue to be taught as an option in S4 Core Time.

English (S3 and S4): National 5

All pupils follow a National 5 course in English in S3/S4 and are entered for the National 5 Examination in S4 as follows:

Paper One:
Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Paper Two:
Part 1: Critical Response to Open Literature Text
Part 2: Critical Response to Scottish Text

They also submit a Portfolio of Writing comprising one creative/reflective piece and one discursive essay.

 

 

 

Higher

Head of Department: Dr Linda Mackenney

Course Progression: English S5

All pupils study English in S5. Those who sat National 5 in S4 progress either to IB (a two year course), or to Higher (one year), with the option of then progressing to Advanced Higher in S6.

English (S5/S6) Higher

The Higher Course is available to those students who passed National 5 in S4. It is a Language and Literature Course. The pupils will be required to sit two internally-assessed units, each with two outcomes as follows:

Analysis and Evaluation 
• Reading outcome
• Listening outcome

Creation and Production
• Writing outcome
• Talk outcome

NB: outcomes will remain a requirement for those presenting for the external examination in 2017-18; thereafter, like the National 5 outcomes, they will be removed from the course.

Pupils may sit the Higher exam at the end of S5 or S6, having followed a one or two-year course respectively. The exam comprises:

Paper 1
Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

Paper 2
Part One: critical response to open literature text
Part Two: critical response to Scottish text

Pupils also submit a Portfolio of Writing comprising one creative/reflective and one discursive piece.

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Advanced Higher

Head of Department: Dr Linda Mackenney

Course Progression: English S5

English (S5/S6) Advanced Higher

The S6 Advanced Higher Course is available to those pupils who presented for Higher in S5. It is an advantage to have an A or B grade pass, but some pupils who achieved a C at Higher may access the course which includes:

Dissertation: this is a critical essay on text(s) of pupils' choice, comprising 2,500–3,500 words, which is worth 30% of the final grade.

Writing: this will include two pieces of the pupil's writing, and is worth 30% of the final grade.

Literary Study: this involves the study of one or more texts; pupils write one critical essay in the examination, worth 20% of the final grade

Textual Analysis: this involves writing a critical response to an unseen passage and is worth 20% of the final grade.

We also present an annual S6 Drama production, which we hope will attract a large number of S6 pupils.

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