S5-Higher English


Being competent in English is the key to success in many aspects of life and work. Skills in English language and communication are important in many school, college and university courses and are essential in many occupations. A qualification in English is often required for entry to Further and Higher Education. This course aims to improve and extend a student’s experience of English literature in Prose, Poetry, Drama and Media.

Recommended Entry

This is at the discretion of the school but the normal expectation would be to have attained a pass at National 5.

Higher Course

The Internally Assessed Course is made up of two mandatory Units. The Course provides learners with the opportunity to develop their Listening, Talking, Reading and Writing skills in order to understand and use language at Higher level. The two Units include these four language skills.

English: Analysis and Evaluation Higher

The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop Listening and Reading skills in the contexts of Literature, Language and Media. Learners develop the skills needed to understand, analyse and evaluate detailed and complex texts.

English: Creation and Production Higher

The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop Talking and Writing skills in a wide range of contexts. Learners develop the skills needed to create and produce detailed and complex language in both written and oral forms.

To gain the overall award of the Course, the learner must pass all of these Internal Units as well as the External Course assessment outlined below:


  • Reading for UAE Exam =30%
  • Critical Reading Exam - One Critical Essay. 20%
  • Critical Reading Exam -Scottish Text Question. 20%
  • Critical Reading Exam - 40% in total

Writing Folio

  • 2 pieces: 1 broadly Creative + 1 broadly Discursive
  • Creative: Personal/Reflective or Imaginative.
  • Discursive: Argumentative or Persuasive.
  • Maximum 1300 words each essay.
  • Each piece marked out of 15 = 30%

For specimen papers and more information on Higher English please visit: www.sqa.org.uk