English Higher

Recommended entry 

A pass at National 5 is required to start the Higher course. A pass at A or B is recommended for success within one year.

Purposes and aims of the Course

The main purpose of the course is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop the skills of listening, talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language effectively.

Course structure

This Course is made up of two mandatory Units. The two Units include the four language skills of listening, talking, reading and writing.

English: Analysis and Evaluation (Higher)

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 and complex texts.

English: Creation and Production (Higher)

The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop talking and writing skills in a wide range of contexts. Learners develop the skills needed to create and produce detailed and complex texts in both written and oral forms.

Conditions of award

To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass both of the Units as well as the external examination.

Unit Assessment

Both Units are internally assessed.

• Pupils who do not pass the formal assessments (or Units) will have the opportunity for ONE reassessment.
• Assessment will be set when the class teacher feels that it is appropriate.

The assessment of the Units in this Course will be as follows.

English: Analysis and Evaluation (Higher)

Through the study of detailed and complex texts in the contexts of literature, language or media, learners will use their listening and reading skills to provide evidence of understanding, analysis and evaluation, as appropriate to purpose and audience.

English: Creation and Production (Higher)

Learners will be required to provide evidence of their talking and writing skills to create and produce detailed and complex texts in a chosen context. Learners will be required to demonstrate technical accuracy in written texts.

 External Assessment 

There are two question papers for the Higher English Course.
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Paper 1 Reading for Understanding, Analysis, and Evaluation: all questions will be mandatory. This paper will have 30 marks. Two non-fiction texts will be presented. Questions on the texts will demonstrate the skills of understanding, analysis and evaluation.
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Paper 2 Critical Reading: This paper has two Sections. In each Section, one question will be chosen from a range of questions. In each Section, learners must cover a different genre.

Section A: Critical Essay

Pupils will answer one question from a range of questions which cover the genres of drama, prose, poetry, film and TV drama, and language. Pupils will provide an extended written response, based on a previously studied text.

Section B: Scottish Texts

Pupils will answer one question from a range of questions on drama, prose and poetry, based on a list of prescribed Scottish texts. One extract from a previously studied text will be selected.

Writing Folio

Pupils will produce a portfolio, comprising two pieces of writing; one broadly creative, the second broadly discursive.
The purpose of the writing folio is to assess writing skills in different genres, and for a range of purposes and audiences.
The portfolio will have 30 marks, 15 for each piece of writing.
The portfolio will be internally generated and externally assessed.

As with all other levels, and according to SQA guidelines, the process of verifying pupils work means that the class teacher must keep drafts of writing pieces at various stages. This means that no drafts will be accepted where there is not suitable proof of authenticity.

For further information contact Mrs C Poller PT English