ENGLISH

SCQF LEVEL 4 - NATIONAL 4

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.

 

The course has three compulsory units plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.

QUALIFICATION

National 4 English

DURATION

1 Year full time/

5 periods per week 

COURSEWORK

There will be coursework to complete in English N3/4

EXAM

No exam

COST

No necessary costs

TEACHERS

Various

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

This course helps you understand how language works, and how to use it to communicate ideas and information in English. You will get to use creative and critical thinking to produce ideas and arguments, and to develop critical literacy skills as well as personal, interpersonal and team working skills. You will also develop an appreciation of Scotland’s literary and linguistic heritage.

wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?

  • Active and independent learning by setting personal targets, reviewing and reflecting on progress and deciding next steps

  • A blend of classroom approaches including whole class, small group or one to one discussions; direct interactive teaching

  • Collaborative learning: in groups or pairs to encourage team-working, relationship-building, the verbalisation of ideas; with learners in other curricular areas to reinforce and transfer skills

  • Space for personalisation and choice: selecting texts and ways of showing evidence (presentation, e-document, critical essay); choice of Assignment topic

 

Applying learning

  • Embedding literacy skills: selecting and assessing information, presenting findings; evaluating; debating; listening, reading, writing

The Added Value Unit (Assignment) allows learners to choose a topic, research it and present their findings orally or in writing

 

Your work will be assessed by your teacher or tutor on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

  • Practical work – reading, speaking or listening to text

  • Written work – producing straightforward texts or reports.

You must pass all units plus the added value unit to gain the course qualification.

KEY FACTS

Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

what will you get?

Progression based on BGE

Pass/fail grading

Course Award (Internal)  based on four units which link to progression at N5.

ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION

- the receptive skills of reading and listening to understand, analyse and evaluate texts

CREATION AND PRODUCTION

– the productive skills of writing and talking to create oral and written texts

LITERACY

– the four skills of reading, listening, writing and talking in forms relevant to learning, life and work

ADDED VALUE UNIT: ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT

progress

Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course

EMPLOYMENT

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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. 

STUDENT STORIES

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

Anonymous 

The teachers build in National 5 work so that writing that you do in class can be used for folio.  You get the chance to do some National 5 work in S4 so that you are ready for it in S5.

Meldrum Academy, Colpy Road, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0NT