Adv Higher English


1 Year full time


Please see 'What will you get' section below


Please see 'What will you get' section below


No necessary costs




Language and literacy are of personal, social and economic importance. Your ability to use language lies at the centre of the development and expression of your emotions, thinking, learning and sense of personal identity.


This course gives you the opportunity to develop skills in listening, talking, reading and writing, which are essential for learning, life and work. You will develop your ability to communicate your thoughts and feelings and respond to those of other people.

The skills that you develop in English are useful in a wide range of careers; these include teaching, editorial, journalism, administration, legal work or in the arts

This course is offered as an option for those students who enjoy the creative process of writing and who would like to develop their skills. 


The course comprises two areas of study.

Analysis and Evaluation of Literary Texts

You will:

  • provide evidence of your ability to analyse and evaluate complex and sophisticated literary text 

  • refine your skills of analysis and evaluation through the study of complex and sophisticated literary texts from the genres of drama, poetry and prose (fiction and non-fiction)

  • develop independent learning skills by selecting materials for research into an aspect or aspects of literature, formulating relevant tasks and researching primary and secondary sources.


Developing Writing : Creation and Production Unit/Course 

If you are doing Advanced Higher English this unit is part of your course However this unit is also offered as a standalone course 2 periods per week for those students who enjoy the creative process of writing and who would like to develop their skills. if you are taking the course to develop your skills you have the option to be presented for the standalone SQA Creation and Production unit.

The general aim of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to extend and refine their writing skills through the production of complex and sophisticated written texts in a range of genres. They will also critically reflect on the development of their writing.

Recommended entry

Entry to this Unit : Learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required in Higher English

You will:

  • provide evidence of your ability to produce complex and sophisticated writing, and to critically reflect on its development

  • use language creatively for a variety of purposes and in a variety of forms

  • develop a range of skills necessary for the deployment of language to create effect, and critically reflect on the development of your writing.


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

what will you get?

A pass at Higher English in S5. Please speak to Mr Gerard for further information

An Award Graded A- D based on performance in course assessment.

The course assessment consists of four components totalling 100 marks:

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)

For components 1 and 2, you will write a critical essay for each question on drama, poetry, prose fiction or prose non fiction.

For component 3, you will produce two pieces of writing for two different purposes and audiences. 

For component 4, you will produce a dissertation between 2,500 to 3,500 words.

The question papers will be set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Please click links below for further information:

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.


Although I didn’t carry on with English to university, the work that we did on dissertation and critical essay has proved to be incredibly useful for helping plan and manage uni essays.

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