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Title: Higher Still

Higher Still
  • In S5 and S6

Structure of the course
  • Three Internal Units
  • All units are subject to departmental moderation
  • All units are subject to SQA moderation
  • External Examination for Intermediate 1, 2,Higher
    and Advanced Higher
  • Access 2 and 3 have no external exam but are
    subject to SQA moderation

Three Internal Units
  • Unit 1 Language Study
  • Unit 2 - Literary Study
  • Unit 3 Personal Study

Unit 1 Language Study
  • Develops close reading skills
  • Develops writing skills
  • Develops understanding of the importance of our
    language in shaping ideas, thinking, society

Unit 2 - Literary Study
  • Develops an appreciation of literature
  • Develops understanding of society
  • Develops ability in critical analysis

Unit 3 Personal Study
  • Offers personal choice of study
  • Allows showcase of critical essay skills

Internal Units - assessment
  • Unit 1 Language Study
  • LO 1 Writing
  • Lo 2 Close Reading
  • Unit 2 - Literary Study
  • LO Textual Analysis
  • Unit 3 Personal Study
  • LO an essay on your choice of text

Internal Units - assessment
  • Writing re-drafted under supervision
  • Close Reading 1 hour NAB(national assessment
    bank)- 30 marks, unseen
  • Textual Analysis 45 minutes NAB 30 marks,
  • Personal Study 1 hour, open book, 2 sides of A4

Internal Units - assessment
  • Assessments - pass half marks
  • Re-Assessments - pass half marks
  • All re-assessments are different from the
    original assessment
  • And must be done within the allotted time
  • National Standards are strictly applied
  • All units are subject to moderation
  • Departmental moderation
  • SQA moderation

External Examination Higher
  • Two papers
  • Close Reading paper two thematically linked
    passages or, just the one
  • Duration one hour and a half
  • Critical Essay paper two essays, each one from a
    different genre
  • Duration one hour and a half
  • Success in the exam depends on reaching a score
    of half marks

External Examination Intermediate 2
  • Two papers
  • Close Reading paperone passage or, possibly,
    two linked passages
  • Duration one hour
  • Critical Essay paper two essays, each one from
    a different genre
  • Duration one hour and a half
  • Success in the exam depends on reaching a score
    of half marks

External Examination Intermediate 1
  • Two papers
  • Close Reading paper one passage
  • Duration 45 minutes
  • Critical Essay paper one essay only
  • Duration 45 minutes
  • Success in the exam depends on reaching a score
    of half marks

Assessment dates
  • Pre-level Close Reading NAB 20/9/07
  • Writing, genre 1 1/10/07
  • Close Reading NAB 25/10/07
  • Close Reading NAB(R) 6/12/07
  • Textual Analysis NAB 17/12/07
  • Textual Analysis NAB(R) 17/1/08
  • Prelims 28/1/08
  • Personal Study 18/2/08

  • 21/2/08
  • Personal Study (R) 3/3/08

  • 6/3/08
  • Writing genre 2 7/3/08
  • SQA examination 15/5/08

Departmental Procedures
  • All assessments are marked blind
  • Only SQA Candidate numbers identify the
  • Marked strictly accordingly to SQA
  • All assessments are moderated within the
  • All units are subject to SQA moderation

Sixth Year
  • No unit attained in S5 can ever be taken away
    from you
  • However, candidates are required to take the
    internal assessments again as part of the
    coursework and as indicators of progress in S6.
  • Personal Study could be argued as an exception,
    but to safeguard against possible appeals, it is
    advised, since a greater maturity comes in S6,
    that Unit 3 is done again.

  • If a teacher estimates that a pupil will achieve
    a B, and the pupil does not, then an appeal can
    be made.
  • However, estimates are based on the evidence a
    teacher has of how well the pupil has done in the
  • For an appeal to be successful, evidence from the
    whole course must be presented close reading,
    writing, critical essays, textual analysis,
    personal study, the prelim.
  • Pupils evidence must show success in all areas
    of the course to appeal successfully.
  • Most of this evidence, ideally, should be from
    work done unseen and timed.
  • Only the school can appeal parents or pupils
    have no rights in this.
  • Therefore, ensure that all work done in school
    under exam conditions (NABs, prelim, critical
    essay) or supervision (writing, Personal Study)
    is in school before you leave.

The courses expectations of you
  • All work undertaken with commitment
  • 100 attendance
  • All work caught up if absent (plague)
  • All deadlines met
  • Any questions - ask teacher
  • Attend Supported Study
  • Any punishment is self-inflicted
  • You do not have an automatic right to be
    presented even if you are in S6

What you can expect of the department
  • Thoroughness in preparation, assessment,
    discussion of your work
  • The best professional advice on your work and
    choices of texts and tasks and levels of
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Respect where it is earned.

  • Offer support and confidence from the one-to-one
    tuition where needed. But, they must
  • Support work being done in class
  • Help develop skills in Close Reading
  • Help develop skills in Writing
  • Help develop skills in analyzing critical essay
  • Help develop timing for examinations
  • They must not do the work for you otherwise,
    they are no help at all.
  • Work done with tutors cannot be presented as
    evidence in appeals.
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