National 4 and National 5

 

In S4 every pupil will study either National 4 or National 5.
At National 4 level, the course can be split into these categories:
 
Analysis and Evaluation 1: a close reading task.
Analysis and Evaluation 2: a listening test.
Creation And Production 1: a creative writing piece.
Creation and Production 2: group discussion.
Literacy 1-4: four tasks dealing with reading, writing, listening and talk, some of which overlap with the previous four parts of the course.
Added Value Unit: a solo presentation or essay after individual presentation.
 
The National 5 course is similar, in that the first four outcomes are exactly the same, though the level of difficulty is more pronounced:
 
Analysis and Evaluation 1: a close reading task.
Analysis and Evaluation 2: a listening test.
Creation And Production 1: a creative writing piece.
Creation and Production 2: group discussion.
The Literacy outcomes do not need to be covered in National 5.
At National 5 level, the Added Value unit is completely different from that of National 4. It takes the form of an exam. The exam has two parts:
 
Reading for Analysis and Evaluation – a close reading passage with questions (30 marks)
Critical Reading - a critical essay and the Set Scottish Text (40 marks)
The final 30 marks are gained through the portfolio, which consists of two writing pieces, one broadly creative and the other discursive, each worth 15 marks.