English - National 4
The National 4 English Course enables learners to develop their literacy skills and to understand, analyse and evaluate texts in the contexts of literature, language and media. The Course also enables learners to create and produce texts, and provides opportunities to develop planning and research skills, applying language skills as appropriate.
This Course is made up of four 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. Each Unit also offers opportunities for learners to focus on particular skills.
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 straightforward 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 straightforward texts in both written and oral forms.
The purpose of this Unit is to develop the learners' reading, writing, listening and talking skills in a variety of forms relevant for learning, life and work. Learners develop the ability to understand straightforward ideas and information presented orally and in writing. Learners also develop the ability to communicate ideas and information orally and in writing with technical accuracy.
Added Value Unit: English Assignment
The purpose of this Added Value Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to apply their language skills to investigate and report on a chosen topic. This assignment will allow the learner to demonstrate challenge and application.
Pupils will be assessed in the following ways:
To achieve the National 4 English Course, learners must pass all of the required Units, including the Added Value Unit. National 4 Courses are not graded; they are pass/fail.
There is NO external assessment - NO Exam.
The choice of course for pupils entering S4 will be based on holistic assessment of S2 and S3.