Senior Phase (S4-6) Course Information 2017/18 Oban High School Vision and Values


What can I do with a Drama Qualification?



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What can I do with a Drama Qualification?
Firstly, if you wish to pursue a career in the industry, the course will prepare you for further professional training.
These are just some of the many careers available: Actor, Director, Producer, Playwright, Lighting Designer, Sound Technician, Set Designer, Props Master/Mistress, Costume Designer, Make-up Artist, Community Drama Work, Arts Journalist and Performance Artist.
But it’s not just about the theatre! Drama will give you skills that are recognised and used in a wide range of careers. Because you are building your confidence, developing team working and social skills, as well as exploring the world around you, the subject can make you very employable.
Engineering Science National 4, 5 and Higher
The national 4 and 5 courses will build on the broad general education offered in S1-S3 and will progress to Higher level.






Engineering is vital to everyday life; it shapes the world in which we live and its future. Engineers play key roles in meeting the needs of society in fields which include climate change, medicine, IT and transport.

Our society needs more engineers, and more young people with an informed view of engineering. The Course provides a broad and challenging exploration of engineering. Because of its focus on developing transferable skills, it will be of value to many learners, and particularly beneficial to learners considering a career in engineering, or one of its many branches.

Aims of the course
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he Course develops a number of integrative themes. These are used to explore varied engineering systems through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts. This course will provide a very strong foundation for further study in engineering or the sciences. This course encourages pupils to be creative in their use of technologies and to develop perseverence and confidence and to become more enterprising learners.

At each level, there are three mandatory units and then a course assessment. The units cover the same areas for both levels, but the course assessments differ significantly between National 4, National 5 and Higher.




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he mandatory units are:

Engineering Contexts and Challenges

This develops an understanding of engineering concepts by exploring a range of engineered objects, engineering problems and solutions. Pupils will learn to explore some existing and emerging technologies and challenges, and to consider implications relating to the environment, sustainable development, and economic and social issues.



Electronics and Control




This Unit explores a range of concepts and devices used in electronic control systems, including analogue, digital and programmable systems. Skills in problem solving and evaluating are developed through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts.









Mechanisms and Structures

This Unit develops an understanding of mechanisms and structures. Skills in problem solving and evaluating are developed through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts.



Course assessment
National 4 – Added value unit

National 5 – Assignment and Question paper (exam)

Higher – Assignment and Question paper (exam)

The course will be delivered in an integrated way. Students will cover a range of small, topic based projects that cover aspects of all units. The units will be delivered in familiar contexts. There will be opportunities to develop practical skills as well as making use of computer simulation.



English

What will I be studying?

  • Just as S1, S2 and S3 you will study a range of different texts – drama, prose, poetry and media.



  • Prose: You will study some of the following novels:



  • Drama & Media: You will also study one of the following plays or films:



  • Poetry: Over the course of the year, you will study many different types of poetry. Some of the poems you might study include:

  • Glasgow V March or In the Snack Bar – Edwin Morgan

  • Assisi or Visiting Hour – Norman McCaig

  • Dulce et Decorum Est – Wilfred Owen

  • My Last Duchess – Robert Browning

  • Havisham- Carol Ann Duffy




  • You’ll also continue to undertake group talk and solo talk on a regular basis.

  • Close Reading

  • Critical Essay Writing

How is it different from S1 – S3 English?

  • While we will still be studying the same sorts of texts, you will be undertaking the new qualifications that you will be presented for at the end of the year.

  • There are a number of units completed as part of class work that you need to pass and which will be recorded by SQA.

National 4

  • National 4 is coursework based. This means that there is no exam at the end of S4.

  • Throughout the year, you will have to pass units (UASPs) in:

    • Reading

    • Writing

    • Talking

    • Listening

  • You will complete plenty of these assessments and your teacher will continually assess your progress over the year.

  • You will also complete an Added Value Unit. This is a project that will involve you investigating and reporting upon a topic of your choice.

National 5 English

  • National 5 English is a literature based course. As well as developing your reading, writing, talking and listening skills, you will study a variety of texts from drama to poetry and prose.

  • National 5 English culminates in an exam which involves completing two papers (Critical Reading and Close Reading) under timed conditions. This is the biggest change to what you have done so far.

    • The exam counts for 70% of your overall grade.

      • 30% for the Close Reading paper

      • 40% for the Critical Reading paper which involves writing a critical essay on a text you have studied (20%) and answering a series of textual analysis questions on a Scottish set text (20%).

  • You will also produce a Folio of writing (that counts for 30% of your overall grade) that includes:

    • One discursive or persuasive piece (15%)

    • One creative or personal piece (15%)

  • You will start preparing for this at the beginning of the year and your teacher will give you plenty of practice in this skill and it is very important that you prepare carefully.

  • In order to sit the exam, you will needed to have passed two units (UASPs):

    • Creation & Production – A talk assessment and a piece of writing

    • Analysis & Evaluation – A listening assessment and a reading assessment

  • To gain entry into the National 5 English course in S5, you must pass National 4 English.

National 5 Literacy

  • The National 5 Literacy Unit is coursework based. This means that there is no exam at the end of the course.

  • It differs from National 5 English as it is not literature based. This course is highly suited to pupils coming up from National 4 who did not enjoy studying literature or writing critical essays lower down the school.

  • Throughout the year, you will have to pass units (UASPs) in:

    • Reading

    • Writing

    • Talking

    • Listening

  • The course will develop and assess your literacy skills through challenges based on The Apprentice.

  • Highlights include: interviewing successful ‘Obanites’ and creating your own advert or trailer.

  • To gain entry into the National 5 Literacy course in S5, you must pass National 4 English.

Higher

  • At Higher you will sit an exam which involves completing which involves completing two papers (Critical Reading and Close Reading) under timed conditions.

    • The exam counts for 70% of your overall grade.

      • 30% for the Close Reading paper

      • 40% for the Critical Reading paper which involves writing a critical essay on a text you have studied (20%) and answering a set text question (20%).

  • In order to sit the Higher exam, you must pass two internal assessments (or UASPs). These will be done in class time under controlled conditions.

    • Creation & Production–This UASP compromises of a talk assessment and a piece of writing.

    • Analysis & Evaluation–This UASP compromises of a listening assessment and a close reading assessment.

  • You will also produce a Folio of writing (which counts for 30% of your overall grade) that includes:

    • One discursive or persuasive piece (15%)

    • One creative or personal piece (15%)

  • You will start preparing for this from the start of S5. Your teacher will give you plenty of practice in this skill and it is very important that you prepare carefully.


Advanced Higher

  • Advanced Higher English is an incredibly challenging and rewarding course for pupils who have a genuine interest in language and literature. You will study a wide range of literature in great depth and participate in pupil-lead discussions.

  • The course is structured around classes, seminars, tutorial sessions and workshops. Advanced Higher is externally assessed and splits into three elements:

    • A Creative Writing Folio

    • A Dissertation based upon an individual study of literature (that you have chosen).

    • A literature exam which involves completing one Critical Essay and one unseen textual analysis essay under timed conditions.


Destinations
English is one of the most important qualifications to have on your résumé. Gaining a qualification in English shows that you have: good literacy skills; strong communication skills; imagination; determination; and the ability to meet deadlines. These are all skills that employers, colleges and universities look for in people. Most college and university courses ask that you gain a qualification in English for this reason. Therefore, when talking about destinations, it is important that you know that English can take you anywhere! Finally, remember that what you will achieve in English is squarely down to the amount of effort you are prepared to put in. You will be expected to behave appropriately, complete all homework on time and listen to the advice your teacher gives you. If you have any questions or worries about the new qualifications please speak to your teacher.
Environmental Science


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