English - Highers/Advanced Highers
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N6 Higher English

Higher English is chosen by students in S5 or S6.  Entry in S5 or S6 will generally depend on successful completion of National 5 English.
In working towards this qualification, students will develop their understanding of language through the analysis and evaluation of texts and will apply their understanding to creating their own writing in a variety of styles and genres. The course will enable learners to develop their literacy skills and to understand, analyse and evaluate a range of texts, including Scottish texts, in the contexts of literature, language and media.
Texts studies by each class are selected by the class teacher to best cater to the needs, interests and abilities of students. To date, the school has offered two writers for the Scottish Set Text: the poetry of Carolanne Duffy and the novel ‘Sunset Song’ by Lewis Grassic Gibbon though the options will broaden over coming academic years.
Unit Assessment (Internal)
Analysis and Evaluation

Pupils must demonstrate their understanding and ability to both analyse and identify the purpose and audience for:
a) A written text (Reading)
b) A spoken text (Listening)
Creation and Production
Pupils must select significant ideas and content, using a format and structure appropriate to purpose and audience, in order to: demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of language in terms of language choice; express themselves clearly and use non-verbal cues (Talking only). This will be done as they:
a) Create and produce detailed written texts (Writing)
b) Participate actively in detailed spoken activities (Talking)
Course Assessment (external)
1. Question Paper – Reading for Understanding,
Analysis and Evaluation                                                      30 marks

(90 minutes in examination)
Two unseen passages followed by a selection of questions to test understanding of the key ideas expressed by the writer as well as their ability to analyse and evaluate the writer's use of literary technique.  There will only be one question allocated to the second passage to test ability to compare and contrast ideas.
2. Question Paper – Critical Reading
(90 minutes in examination)
Section 1 – Scottish Text                                                    20 marks

An unseen textual analysis on an extract of the set text the pupils have studied throughout the year which tests their understanding of the text overall as well as their ability to analyse literary technique.
Section 2 – Critical Essay                                                    20 marks
Pupils have to compose a critical essay of a piece of literature they have studied throughout the year in response to an unseen question.
3. Portfolio  -Writing                                                             30 marks
Candidates will submit two pieces of writing, taken from their portfolio, from the following types: persuasive, informative, argumentative, personal/reflective, poetry, prose fiction, drama.
Total                                                                                      100 marks


English Resources

Produced by the National Parent Forum of Scotland, this document explains the different course elements and provides links to the SQA’s Specimen papers for the N6 Higher English course.

BBC Bitesize revision materials for Higher English

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Study materials produced by the publishers of Bright Red subject study guides. You need to register to access the materials, but it is free to do so.
SQA information on course content

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SQA information on course content

Broadsheet Journalism Opinion Pieces

Referencing Sources
With thanks to A. Proffitt for the use of this short guide to referencing sources in discursive essay writing.