NATIONAL 4 AND 5 COURSE SPECIFICATIONS


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The main purpose of National 4 and National 5 is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop the skills of listening, talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language.


As learners develop their literacy skills, they will be able to process information more
easily, apply knowledge of language in practical and relevant contexts, and gain
confidence to undertake new and more challenging tasks in a variety of situations.

National 4 and National 5 offers learners opportunities to extend a wide range of skills and develop the ability to:

  • listen, talk, read and write, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context.
  • understand, analyse and evaluate texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience in the contexts of literature, language and media.
  • create and produce texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • plan and research, integrating and applying language skills as appropriate to purpose, audience and context.
  • apply knowledge of language.

A brief outline of the course assessments is shown below:


National 4
National 5
Analysis and Evaluation Unit (Pass/Fail)
Analysis and Evaluation Unit (Pass/Fail)
Creation and Production Unit (Pass/Fail)
Creation and Production Unit (Pass/Fail)
Literacy Unit (Pass/Fail)
Portfolio (worth 30% of the final grade)
Added Value Unit (Pass or Fail)
Demonstrate ability to apply language skills to investigate a subject independently and present on it orally or in writing.
Exam (worth 70% of the final grade)
Section 1 - Reading for Understanding, Analysis, and Evaluation
• 1 x Close Reading (30 marks)
Section 2 – Critical Reading
• 1 x Critical Essay (20 marks)
• 1 x Scottish Text (20 marks)