English - National Qualifications
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English National 4

National 4 English is a course delivered to fourth year students who have completed the Broad General Education but require further support and experience before they are presented for the National 5 English 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. The advantages of completing the National 4 course are that it will provide students with an SQA English qualification by the end of their fourth year, while also allowing them to develop their skills in the subject. It serves as a good foundation from which to progress to presentation at National 5 level in fifth year.
 
All of the coursework students complete as part of the National 4 course is internally assessed by their class teacher, using prior verified assessments from SQA.  The course comprises three units, which are as follows:

1. Analysis and Evaluation
This unit will provide students with the opportunity to study a range of straightforward written and spoken texts, and develop the skills needed to understand, analyse and evaluate these texts.

Learning Outcomes

In order to be awarded this unit, students should complete the following tasks to National 4 standard:
  • Reading Assessment: Students will answer a series of questions about a passage of text they have read, in order to test their understanding, analysis and evaluation skills.
  • Listening Assessment: Students will answer a series of questions about a talk presentation they have listened to, in order to test their understanding, analysis and evaluation skills.

2. Creation and Production
This unit will provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills needed to create and produce a range of written and spoken texts.

Learning Outcomes

In order to be awarded this unit, students should complete the following tasks to National 4 standard:
  • Writing Assessment: Students will produce a piece of extended writing, such as a short story, a personal essay, a biography, etc.
  • Talk Assessment: Students will present a talk, or participate in a group discussion.

3. Added Value Unit

This unit will allow pupils to draw upon skills that are focused on in the Analysis and Evaluation and Creation and Production units, by investigating and reporting on a chosen topic.

Learning Outcomes

In order to be awarded this unit, pupils must complete the following tasks to National 4 standard:
  • Select an appropriate topic for their report.
  • Research their report by reading / watching relevant sources.
  • Evaluate the sources that they have read / watched.
  • Plan an essay which forms the basis of their report.
  • Write the essay.
  • Respond to a series of questions about their report.

National 5 Literacy

In addition to being given the opportunity to gain a National 4 English qualification, pupils who complete the National 4 English course before the end of fourth year will get the opportunity to gain a National 5 Literacy qualification.  As well as providing pupils with an additional qualification, this will further support pupils who go on to be presented for National 5 English, by developing their reading, writing, talking and listening skills to the standard expected for this course.



 



English National 5
 
In fourth, fifth or sixth year, students who have demonstrated their ability to cope with the demands begin their work towards National 5 English. Entry in S5 or S6 will generally depend on successful completion of National 4 English. The course enables 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. Students also create texts of their own devising.
 
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 Edwin Morgan and the Drama text 'Tally's Blood' by Anne Marie Di Mambro, though the options may 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

(60 minutes in examination)
An unseen text followed by a selection of questions to test their basic 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.
 
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

 
National 4
 
Produced by the National Parent Forum of Scotland, this document explains the different course elements for National 4 English.

http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/nutshell_english_N4_E.pdf

 
BBC Bitesize revision materials for N4 English

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zx4cwmn
 
SQA information on course content

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47403.html
 
 
National 5
 
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 National 5 English.

http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/nutshell_english_N5_E.pdf
 
BBC Bitesize revision materials for N5 English

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zmcrd2p
 
An online tutoring business, but it does have a range of freely accessible guides for pupils studying National 5 English.

http://www.myetutor.tv/national-5/
 
SQA Information on course content

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47410.html
 
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.

http://www.brightredbooks.net/subjects/n5english