S4 - Senior Phase (courses)
In S4, the vast majority of our pupils will study either National 4 or National 5 English. Your child’s class teacher will recommend the correct level for your child.
The National 4 course allows pupils to progress from the Broad General Education to gain a National Qualification. Pupils can progress from National 4 in S4, to attempt National 5 in S5.
The National 4 course covers two units:
- Analysis and Evaluation – A unit which looks at the skills of Reading and Listening and develops pupils’ abilities to analyse specific literary techniques.
- Creation and Production – A unit which looks at the skills of Writing and Talking and assesses pupils’ abilities to produce texts (written and spoken) in a variety of genres. In addition to the two units above, students will also complete a Literacy Unit. This is a mandatory unit in the course and will record pupils’ ability in basic literacy skills. The National 5 allows pupils to progress from the Broad General Education received through CfE in S1-S3 and work towards attaining a Higher award in S5/6. Spoken Language Assessment - A formal Spoken Language Assessment that must be completed prior to the exam. It is internally assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.
- External Assessment - The final exam takes place at the end of the year and is set by the SQA. It includes two exam papers:
- Internal Assessment Writing Folio – Accounts for 30% of the overall grade. Consists of two writing pieces from different genres. Externally assessed by the SQA.
- National 4:
- At National 4 level there is no final exam. This has been replaced by an internally assessed Added Value Unit, which involves students researching a chosen topic independently and completing a written (or oral) presentation of their work.
- The units are assessed in class by the teacher and verified externally by the SQA.
- Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation – A non-fiction reading passage with accompanying questions (1 hour)
- Critical Reading – One timed Critical Essay on a text studied in class (from a selection of unseen questions) and one set of analysis questions on a Scottish Text studied previously in class (1.5 hours)