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PORTFOLIO

THIS IS LITERATURE

LITERARY STUDY

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PROJECT – DISSERTATION

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Advanced Higher English

Course structure

The Course is made up of two mandatory Units. The main purpose of the Course is to provide learners with the opportunity to apply analytical and evaluative skills to a wide range of literary texts. Learners interpret complex literary forms, produce sophisticated language and develop the skills outlined in the Units.

Units are statements of standards for assessment and not programmes of learning and teaching. They can be delivered in a number of ways.

English: Analysis and Evaluation of Literary Texts (Advanced Higher)
The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with opportunities to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of a wide range of complex and sophisticated literary texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience.

English: Creation and Production (Advanced Higher)
The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with opportunities to create a range of complex and sophisticated texts, as appropriate to different purposes and audiences.

Conditions of award

To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the Units as well as the Course assessment. Course assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the Course award.

Course assessment structure

Component 1 — Question paper: Literary Study – 20 marks
Component 2 — Question paper: Textual Analysis – 20 marks
Component 3 — Portfolio–writing – 30 marks
Component 4 — Project–dissertation – 30 marks
Total marks: 100 marks

(Follow the links for general information and marking grids.)

The Course assessment is graded A–D. The grade is determined on the basis of the total mark for all Course assessments together.
A learner’s overall grade will be determined by their performance across the Course assessment.

Grade description for C
For the award of Grade C, candidates will have demonstrated successful performance in all of the Units of the Course. In the Course assessment, candidates will typically have demonstrated successful performance in relation to the mandatory skills, knowledge and understanding for the Course.

Grade description for A
For the award of Grade A, candidates will have demonstrated successful performance in all of the Units of the Course. In the Course assessment, candidates will typically have demonstrated a consistently high level of performance in relation to the mandatory skills, knowledge and understanding for the Course.

Structure and coverage of the Course assessment

Component 1 — question paper (Literary Study)

The purpose of this question paper is to assess candidates’ ability to apply the skills of critical analysis and evaluation to previously studied literary texts.
 Candidates will choose one question from a range of questions and write a critical essay in response to it.
 Candidates will select from poetry, prose, prose non fiction or drama. This will have 20 marks (20% of the total mark).

The texts chosen must not be the same as those used in the dissertation.

Component 2 — question paper (Textual Analysis)

The purpose of this question paper is to assess candidates’ ability to apply the skills of critical analysis and evaluation to an unseen literary text.
 Candidates will choose one question on an unseen literary text and write an extended critical analysis of it.
 Candidates will select from poetry, prose, prose non fiction or drama. This will have 20 marks (20% of the total mark).

The candidates are free to select the same genre in each question paper.

Component 3 — portfolio–writing

This portfolio will give candidates an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:
 writing in different genres for a range of purposes and audiences
Candidates will produce two pieces of writing for two different purposes and audiences. The writing can be from any of the following types:
 persuasive
 informative
 argumentative
 personal/reflective
 poetry
 prose fiction
 drama

There is no requirement to write both creatively and discursively.

This Component will have 30 marks (30% of the total mark). Up to 15 marks will be awarded for each piece of writing selected for the portfolio.

Component 4 — project–dissertation

This dissertation will give candidates an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:

 independent planning, research and presentation of their knowledge and understanding of an aspect or aspects of literature

The text(s) chosen must not be the same as those used in the Literary Study question paper.

This dissertation will be between 2,500 and 3,000 words long and will have 30 marks (30% of the total mark).

Setting, conducting and marking of assessment

Question paper — Literary Study
This question paper will be set and marked by SQA, and conducted in centres under conditions specified for external examinations by SQA. Candidates will complete this in 1 hour 30 mins.

Question paper — Textual Analysis
This question paper will be set and marked by SQA, and conducted in centres under conditions specified for external examinations by SQA. Candidates will complete this in 1 hour 30 mins.

There will be a short break between the papers.

Controlled assessment: Coursework (portfolio–writing, and project–dissertation)

 set by centres within SQA guidelines
 conducted under some supervision and control

Evidence will be submitted to SQA for external marking.
All marking will be quality assured by SQA.

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