ENGLISH

SCQF LEVEL 5 - NATIONAL 5

QUALIFICATION

National 5 English

DURATION

1 Year full time/

5 periods per week 

COURSEWORK

Please see 'What will you get section below'

EXAM

Please see 'What will you get section below'

COST

No necessary costs

TEACHERS

Various

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?

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 helps you understand the complexities of language through studying a wide range of texts, including studying the use vocabulary, word patterns, text structures and style. You will develop high levels of analytical thinking and understanding of the impact of language.

This course helps you understand the complexities of language through studying a wide range of texts, including studying the use vocabulary, word patterns, text structures and style. You will develop high levels of analytical thinking and understanding of the impact of language.

The course comprises two areas of study.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

You will develop:

  • listening and reading skills in the contexts of literature, language and media

  • the skills needed to understand, analyse and evaluate detailed texts, including Scottish texts.

 

Creation and Production

You will develop:

  • talking and writing skills in a range of contexts

  • the skills needed to create and produce detailed texts in both written and oral forms.

KEY FACTS

Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

what will you get?

Achievement of National 4 in S4 or entry based on progress in BGE in S1-3.

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

The course assessment has four components totalling 100 marks:

  • Component 1: question paper: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation – worth 30 marks

  • Component 2: question paper: Critical Reading – worth 40 marks

  • Component 3: Portfolio - Writing – worth 30 marks

  • Component 4: Performance - Spoken language. This new internally assessed spoken language component will ensure that all four literacy skills are assessed, which will be graded as ‘Achieved’ or ‘Not Achieved’.

Component 2 will contain at least one question on a Scottish text. 

For Component 3, you will be asked to produce two pieces of writing, one creative and one discursive.

Both the assignment component and 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 all course assessment components.

progress

Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course

EMPLOYMENT

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 exam and folio cover the same areas as higher, but you have to do more to earn the mark at Higher.  The N5 course was good preparation for Higher.

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