English - Higher
The Higher English course provides learners with the opportunity to develop their listening, talking, reading and writing skills in order to understand and use language. Pupils will be introduced to texts of a lively, demanding and interesting nature. Language skills will be further developed so that pupils can express themselves clearly and effectively. Accuracy will be expected. Imaginative, creative and expressive potential will be fostered in writing.
This Course is made up of two mandatory Units. The two Units include the four language skills of listening, talking, reading and writing. The structure of the Units enables learners to focus on the skills required to understand and use language and to integrate listening, talking, reading and writing skills across the Units.
Analysis and Evaluation
The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop listening and reading skills in the contexts of literature, language and media. Learners develop the skills needed to understand, analyse and evaluate detailed texts.
Creation and Production
The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop talking and writing skills in a range of contexts. Learners develop the skills needed to create and produce detailed texts in both written and oral forms.
Pupils will be assessed in the following ways:
For the Analysis and Evaluation unit, learners will be required to provide evidence of their reading and listening skills by:
- understanding, analysing and evaluating at least one detailed and complex written text
- understanding, analysing and evaluating at least one detailed and complex spoken language activity
For the Creation and Production unit, learners will be required to provide evidence of their writing and talking skills by:
- creating at least one written text using detailed and complex written language
- participating in at least one spoken activity using detailed and complex language
The three components identified below will provide pupils with their overall grading. The first two components are undertaken in an Exam, while the Portfolio is undertaken in controlled conditions in school.
- Critical Reading – 40% (20% for writing a Critical Essay; 20% for questions on Scottish set texts)
- Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation – 30%
- The Portfolio – 30% (One creative piece and one discursive piece which is marked externally)
Further details on the external assessment can be found here.
Pupils, who pass all the requirements of National 5, will be eligible to sit Higher.
Recommended - Grade A or B in National 5 English.