English S4 -S6

English in the Senior Phase

Each national qualification in English teaches and assesses reading, writing, talking and listening. At all levels, candidates study a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and have the opportunity to write in a range of genre. Each course has a strong emphasis on literacy skills.

Higher and National 5
In addition to completing unit assessments in Analysis and Evaluation and Creation and Production, pupils complete a Folio of Writing consisting of a creative or personal piece and a discursive piece. This is externally marked and makes up 30% of the final grade.

The exam consists of two papers:
• Paper 1 is Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation (close reading) and is worth 30% of the final grade.
• Paper 2 is Critical Reading and involves one critical essay and one textual analysis on a Scottish text. It makes up 40% of the final grade.

Candidates who sit National 5 in S4 will have covered most, if not all, Level 4 experiences and outcomes during S2/3. Those sitting National 5 in S5/6 will have passed National 4.

Higher English is demanding and a minimum of a C pass at National 5 is necessary for entry to the course.

National 4
In addition to completing unit assessments in Analysis and Evaluation and Creation and Production, pupils complete a Literacy Unit and, instead of an exam, an Added Value Unit (AVU).

The AVU is a substantial piece of work and demands candidates research a topic using a number of sources before reporting at length on it, either as a presentation or in a piece of writing, evaluating the sources they have used and finally answering questions verbally on the topic.

Candidates who sit National 4 will have covered most, if not all, Level 3 experiences and outcomes during S1-3. Those sitting National 4 in S5/6 will have passed National 3.

National 3
In addition to completing unit assessments in Analysis and Evaluation and Creation and Production, pupils complete a Literacy Unit. The focus of National 3 is on consolidating the basics of English while building a foundation on which to progress to National 4.