In their fourth year, most high school students in Scotland work towards a National 4 or National 5 qualification in English. These documents/links summarise the National courses:

Nationals in a Nutshell - (National Parent Forum of Scotland): National 4 .pdf
Course Content and Delivery (SQA): National 4
Nationals in a Nutshell - (National Parent Forum of Scotland): National 5 .pdf
Course Content and Delivery (SQA): National 5

Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation
The resources in this section support:

Internal Assessment Unit 1 Outcome 1: Reading
External Assessment Paper 1 Reading for Analysis and Evaluation

National 5 - Reading for UAE (BBC Knowledge): Analysing Language
National 5 - Reading for UAE (BBC Knowledge): Understanding and Inference
Close Reading (BBC Learning): Sentence Construction
Close Reading (BBC Learning): Writer's Craft video
Close Reading (BBC GCSE Bitesize): Non-Fiction Texts

Standard Grade Close Reading Resources
Close Reading (BBC Bitesize): Exam Basics / General Advice
Close Reading Questions (BBC Bitesize): Question Types / Examples

Critical Reading: Scottish Text
The resources in this section support:

External Assessment Paper 2 Part 1: Scottish Text

Poetry: Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy (Scottish Poetry Library): Havisham (Poem) 
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Havisham (Analysis)
Carol Ann Duffy (Scottish Poetry Library): Mrs Midas (Poem) 
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Mrs Midas (Analysis)
Carol Ann Duffy (Scottish Poetry Library): Originally (Poem) 
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Originally (Analysis)
Carol Ann Duffy (Scottish Poetry Library): Valentine (Poem) 
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Valentine (Analysis)
Carol Ann Duffy (BBC GCSE Bitesize): Valentine (Context / Language / Themes)
Carol Ann Duffy (Scottish Poetry Library): War Photographer (Poem) 
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): War Photographer (Analysis)
Carol Ann Duffy (Scottish Poetry Library): Anne Hathaway (Poem) 
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Anne Hathaway (Analysis)

Poetry: Norman MacCaig
Norman MacCaig (Scottish Poetry Library): Assisi (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Assisi (Analysis)
Norman MacCaig (Scottish Poetry Library): Aunt Julia (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Aunt Julia (Analysis)
Norman MacCaig (Scottish Poetry Library): Basking Shark (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Basking Shark (Analysis)
Norman MacCaig (Scottish Poetry Library): Memorial (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Memorial (Analysis)
Norman MacCaig (Scottish Poetry Library): Sounds of the Day (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Sounds of the Day (Analysis)
Norman MacCaig (Scottish Poetry Library): Visiting Hour (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Visiting Hour (Analysis)

Poetry: Edwin Morgan
Edwin Morgan (Scottish Poetry Library): Hyena (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Hyena (Analysis)
Edwin Morgan (Scottish Poetry Library): In the Snack Bar (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): In the Snack Bar (Analysis)
Edwin Morgan (Scottish Poetry Library): Slate (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Slate (Analysis)
Edwin Morgan (Scottish Poetry Library): Trio (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Trio (Analysis)
Edwin Morgan (Scottish Poetry Library): Winter (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Winter (Analysis)
Edwin Morgan (Scottish Poetry Library): Good Friday (Poem)
National 5 - Poetry (BBC Knowledge): Good Friday (Analysis)

Critical Reading: Critical Essay
The resources in this section support:

External Assessment Paper 2 Part 2: Critical Essay

National 5 - Critical Essay (BBC Knowledge): Key Terms / Structure
Critical Evaluation of Literature (Revision World): Essay Writing Tips 
Booknotes (BBC): Annotated Duffy/MacCaig/Morgan
NEW Critical Writing (BBC Bitesize GCSE): Overview
NEW Critical Writing (BBC Bitesize GCSE): Themes and Ideas 
NEW Critical Writing (BBC Bitesize GCSE): Characterisation and Voice

Macbeth - William Shakespeare
NEW Macbeth (BBC GCSE Bitesize): Context/Plot/Character/Themes 
NEW Macbeth (BBC Standard Grade Bitesize): Themes/Time-line/Characters
NEW Macbeth (BBC Shakespeare Collection): The Whole Play video
NEW Shakespeare Unlocked (BBC): A1S7 - To Kill the King (Scene) video
NEW Shakespeare Unlocked (BBC): A1S7 - Whether to Kill the King (Analysis) video
NEW Shakespeare Unlocked (BBC): A1S7 - Persuading Macbeth (Analysis) video
NEW Shakespeare Unlocked (BBC): A2S2 - Bloody Daggers (Scene) video
NEW Shakespeare Unlocked (BBC): A2S2 - The King is Dead (Analysis) video
NEW Shakespeare Unlocked (BBC): A2S2 - Rhythm of the Language (Analysis) video
NEW Shakespeare Unlocked (BBC): A2S2 - Hearing Noises (Analysis) video
NEW Shakespeare Unlocked (BBC): A5S1 - Sleepwalking (Scene) video
NEW Shakespeare Unlocked (BBC): A5S1 - Sleepwalking Queen (Scene) video
NEW Shakespeare Unlocked (BBC): A5S1 - Candle in the Dark (Scene) video
NEW Shakespeare Unlocked (BBC): A5S1 - Unlocking the Words (Scene) video
NEW Macbeth Videos (BBC GCSE Bitesize): Dramatisations and Analysis videos



General Writing Skills
Knowledge of Language (Education Scotland): Parts of Speech
Knowledge of Language (Education Scotland): Punctuation
Knowledge of Language (Education Scotland): Sentence Structure / Paragraphing
Knowledge of Language (Education Scotland): Tricky Spellings
Knowledge of Language (Education Scotland): Common Confusions
Grammar and Usage (Oxford Dictionaries): Grammar
Grammar and Usage (Oxford Dictionaries): Spelling
Grammar and Usage (Oxford Dictionaries): Punctuation
Grammar and Usage (Oxford Dictionaries): Usage
Writing in Specific Forms (BBC Bitesize): Imaginative / Script / Newspaper Report
Writing Style (BBC Bitesize): Figurative Language
Writing Style (BBC Learning Video): Sentence Construction video

Folio of Writing: Creative
The resources in this section support:

Internal Assessment Unit 2 Outcome 1: Writing
External Assessment Folio of Writing Creative Writing

National 5 - Writing (BBC Knowledge): Personal
National 5 - Writing (BBC Knowledge): Creative
Creative Writing (BBC GCSE Bitesize): Setting / Characters / Dialogue video
Creative Writing (BBC Learning): Developing Narrative Writing video
Creative Writing (BBC Learning): The Opening Paragraph video
Creative Writing (BBC Blast): Good Openings / Plot / Characterisation video
Creative Writing (BBC Blast): Editing / Entertaining the Reader video
Creative Writing (Scottish Book Trust): Redrafting video
Writing (BBC Bitesize): Exam Guide / Personal / Discursive
BBC RAW: Planning a Story video
BBC RAW: Structuring a Story video
BBC RAW: Reviewing a Story video
BBC RAW: Writing Tips video
BBC RAW: Redrafting a Story video

Folio of Writing: Discursive
The resources in this section support:

Internal Assessment Unit 2 Outcome 1: Writing
External Assessment Folio of Writing Discursive Writing

National 5 - Writing (BBC Knowledge) - Discursive
National 5 - Writing (BBC Knowledge) - Descriptive
Discursive Writing (BBC Blast): Researching Skills Part 1 video
Discursive Writing (BBC Blast): Researching Skills Part 2 video
Discursive Writing (BBC Blast): Researching Skills Part 3 video
Writing (BBC Bitesize): Exam Guide / Personal / Discursive




The resources in this section support:

Internal Assessment Unit 1 Outcome 2: Listening
Internal Assessment Unit 2 Outcome 2: Talking

National 5 - Listening (BBC Knowledge) - Skills/Features
Talking (BBC Bitesize): Individual Talk & Group Discussion
Talking (BBC Learning): Developing an Argument video
Talking (BBC Learning): Debating video
Debate (BBC Student Life): Argumentative Topics




Specimen Question Papers
National 5 - Reading for UAE (SQA): Specimen Question Paper 
National 5 - Critical Reading (SQA): Specimen Question Paper 
National 5 - Critical Reading (SQA): Additional Questions

Past Papers
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) set the exams for National 5 pupils. There is only one set of past papers (2014) as this is a new course - the Credit Close Reading papers from Standard Grade will help with exam revision, as will the Close Reading and Critical Essay papers from Intermediate 2.

2014 National 5 English (SQA): RUAE & Critical Reading .pdf

Standard Grade / Intermediate 2 Past Papers