English Advanced Higher

Recommended entry

To gain entry to the course at Advanced Higher level, a pass at Higher level is required. A pass in Higher at A or B level, however, is a better indicator of success at Advanced Higher level. Pupils should have a genuine love of literature and a desire to write.

Course Outline

The Course aims to provide opportunities for learners to develop the ability to:
• critically analyse and evaluate a wide range of complex and sophisticated literary texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience
• apply critical, investigative and analytical skills to a literary topic of personal interest
• create a range of complex and sophisticated texts, as appropriate to different purposes and audiences
• apply knowledge and understanding of complex language in a wide range of contexts and use creative and critical thinking to synthesise ideas and arguments. The Course also develops high levels of analytical thinking and understanding of the impact of language.
• studied are broadly in line with those of a first year university course and will be useful in particular for those wishing to continue with English in higher education. However, all lovers of literature will gain something from the course. In keeping with the requirements of Advanced Higher, the expected quality and length of esponses to literature become greater.

The course consists of:
Analysis and evaluation

Learners will provide evidence of their ability to analyse and evaluate complex and sophisticated literary texts. The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with opportunities to develop the skill of critically responding to complex and sophisticated literary texts by applying knowledge of the various ways by which meaning is created, and by understanding critical concepts and approaches. Learners extend and refine their skills of analysis and evaluation through the study of complex and sophisticated literary texts from the genres of drama, poetry and prose (fiction and non-fiction). Learners will also develop independent learning skills by selecting materials for research into an aspect or aspects of literature, formulating relevant tasks and researching primary and secondary sources.

Creation and Production

Learners will provide evidence of their ability to produce complex and sophisticated writing, and to critically reflect on its development. The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to extend and refine their writing skills through the production of different types of writing. Learners will use language creatively for a variety of purposes and in a variety of forms. Learners will develop a range of skills necessary for the deployment of language to create effect, and critically reflect on the development of their writing.

The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with opportunities to create a range of complex and sophisticated texts, as appropriate to different purposes and audiences.

Assessment

The Course assessment will take the form of:
• two question papers through which learners will write a critical essay on drama, poetry, prose fiction or prose non-fiction, and undertake a textual analysis on drama, poetry, prose fiction or prose non-fiction, demonstrating an in-depth knowledge and understanding of complex and sophisticated literary text(s)

and:
• a portfolio, which will contain two pieces of writing
• a project–dissertation

Homework

There is a considerable commitment demanded by this course. The literary texts must be read and studied at home and in study time, in preparation for tutorial discussion/completion of dissertation. The dissertation is guided and supervised but is essentially an independent study. The writing folio will demand regular practice and commitment.

Progression

This course might lead to
• degree programmes in business, drama, education, English, humanities, journalism, law, media, and social science
• careers in commerce and industry, education, journalism, law, marketing, media, and politics

For further information contact Mrs C Poller PT English