Higher English is an intellectually demanding but stimulating course which requires responsibility, diligence and commitment. Students should have good comprehension skills, and ideally an interest in literature. They should also have sound writing skills in terms of accuracy and quality of expression.
Entry Requirements: National 5 English, preferably at grade A or B
Students must pass the following unit assessment over the course of the year-
Spoken Language Assessment (Talking and Listening)
External Assessment — Writing Portfolio
The purpose of this portfolio is to provide evidence of the learner’s writing for two different purposes.
This portfolio will give learners an opportunity to develop their skills in writing in different genres, and to develop their skills in writing for a range of purposes and audiences.
Two pieces of writing worth 30 marks - 30% of the final grade.
The exam consists of 2 papers. Its purpose is to assess learners’ application of their reading skills and to provide the challenge of questions and other tasks to be accomplished in a limited amount of time.
This exam will give learners an opportunity to:
apply their reading skills in the understanding, analysis and evaluation of texts apply their critical reading skills and their knowledge of appropriate literary context, forms and genres
Reading for Understanding, Analysis, and Evaluation – 90 minutes - 30% of final grade
Critical Reading – 90 minutes – 40% of final grade