Higher English - Course Outlineexternal image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSTXvafJA3p5HUe4qHFHO82v_phpj3yMFwYvNy3zXdZ9yJ-bdla


External examination
The external examination will last for 3 hours 15 minutes. There are two papers:
  • Close Reading (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Critical Essay (1 hour 30 minutes)


Close Reading (40% weighting)
In response to a series of questions, candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability to understand, analyse and evaluate two thematically linked passages of unseen prose. Some questions will require comparison and/or contrast between the passages.

Critical Essay (40% weighting)
Selecting from a range of questions, candidates will be required to write two Critical Essays, each on a different genre, chosen from the following: poetry, prose, drama, film and television drama or language. In the course of their responses, candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability to understand, analyse and evaluate previously studied texts.

Folio of Writing (20% weighting)
Two pieces of writing will be submitted for external assessment:
  • one broadly creative
  • one broadly discursive

The grade of award will be based on the total score obtained in the three components.