I am now at Glasgow University studying Law with French. Hamilton College has provided me with many skills that I have taken forward into the next stage of my life.

Christopher Lewis-Laverty
Head Boy 2010/2011

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S4 Visit the Goethe Institute

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Remembrance Festival 02 November 2014
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Advanced Higher English

 The English Department will offer two courses to our pupils entering S5 in 2012-2013. The Higher course is appropriate for pupils who achieve a Credit level award, grade 1 or 2, in both of the Reading and Writing components. The Intermediate 2 course is suitable for pupils who achieve a General level award in either or both of the Reading and Writing components of the Standard Grade course. 

 As both courses have an identical framework, pupils who achieve a good  Intermediate 2 award in S5 can then go on to follow the Higher course in S6.  Pupils who successfully complete the Higher course in S5 will be able to progress to Advanced Higher in S6.  A grade A or B pass at Higher is the recommended entry level for the Advanced Higher course, but students with Grade C will be given consideration.

The course comprises three units.    Two of these are mandatory:  Specialist Study and Literary Study.   One further unit can be selected from the list below. 

  • Textual Analysis
  • Creative Writing
  • Language Study
  • Reading the Media

 The Specialist Study will be a literary study of two or three texts chosen by candidates themselves, and must be 3,500 - 4,500 words long. Literary Study will cover literature from different eras in the three main genres of prose, poetry and drama.  The English Department currently prefers to offer the optional unit in Creative Writing.

 The Specialist Study and Creative Writing are presented as folios.  Literary Study takes the form of a 1½ hour examination.