Sqa Higher English Discursive Essay Examples


Critical Reading: Critical Essay (Drama)
Drama (Revision World): The Nature of Drama Texts
Drama (Revision World): Text and Context
Drama (Revision World): Creating Characters
Drama (Revision World): Plot and Structure
Drama (Revision World): Opening Scenes
Drama (Revision World): Endings
Drama (Revision World): Themes and Issues
Wikipedia Entry:Drama (History / Forms)
Wikipedia Entry:Play (Types / Terminology)
Wikipedia Entry:Fiction (Types and elements of fiction)
Wikipedia Entry:Fiction Writing (Elements of fiction)

Othello - William Shakespeare
Sparknotes: Study notes for the entire text - Plot summaries, character analysis, themes, symbols...

BBC Bitesize GCSE: Context / Plot / Character / Themes 
WikiSummaries: Character and Scene Summaries 
Wikiquotes: Othello Quotations

Sparknotes Video: Text Summaryvideo

BBC Learning Zone Video 1: Shakespeare's Globe Theatrevideo

BBC Learning Zone Video 2: Animated Tales (Act One) video

The Tech (MIT): The Entire Play Online



Folio of Writing: Creative

Discursive Writing (BBC Blast Video):Researching Skills Part 1video

Discursive Writing (BBC Blast Video):Researching Skills Part 2video

Discursive Writing (BBC Blast Video):Researching Skills Part 3video


Specimen Question Papers 
NEWHigher - Reading for UAE (SQA): Specimen Question Paper 
NEWHigher - Critical Reading (SQA): Specimen Question Paper 


Past Papers

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) set the exams for Higher pupils. As this is a new course, there is only one past paper, but past papers for the "old" Higher course will help with exam preparation.


2010 Close Reading - Higher (SQA):Passage .pdf

2010 Close Reading - Higher (SQA):Questions .pdf

2010 Critical Essay - Higher (SQA):Questions .pdf

These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit. These also include marking instructions.

General assessment information provides instructions for the conduct of coursework, an overview of the assessment task, evidence to be gathered and general marking instructions.

Coursework assessment tasks provide the live assessment task, including marking instructions and instructions for candidates. Teachers/lecturers can access these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.

The guidance on conditions for assessment provides clarity on acceptable conduct during coursework, including reasonable assistance.

Information on the production and submission of SQA-assessed coursework for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

Producing and Submitting Coursework

Higher Portfolio Templates

These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.

We are publishing examples of candidate evidence with commentaries as part of our Understanding Standards programme. These materials are for teachers and lecturers to help them develop their understanding of the standards required for assessment. As these materials become available, they are being published in the following locations:

  • Available from our secure website Materials relating to Unit assessment, internally assessed components of Course assessment, and externally assessed components of Course assessment which are subject to visiting assessment. Teachers and lecturers can arrange access to these materials through their SQA Co-ordinator.
  • Available from our Understanding Standards website Materials relating to externally assessed components of Course assessment, with the exception of those subject to visiting assessment.

More information on our Understanding Standards programme, can be found on our Understanding Standards page.

Please find below the current Scottish Text list for National 5 and Higher English.

Refreshed Scottish set text list for 2018-19 onwards

In 2016, we carried out a consultation with teachers and other key stakeholders on the refresh of the Scottish set text list for National 5 and Higher English. Based on the findings of this consultation, we have refreshed the Scottish set text list for use from session 2018-19 onwards. This is accompanied by a report which details the findings of our consultation.

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