SQA Higher

Course Overview

The course assessment has three components.

Component 1 is a written examination which lasts for 2 hours 30 minutes. The paper assesses your ability to apply knowledge and understanding by analysing media content in context.

Component 2 is a written examination which lasts for 1 hour and focuses on your ability to apply knowledge and understanding by analysing the role of media in society.

Component 3 is a coursework assignment. You have to develop media texts in response to a negotiated brief.

Past Papers and Mark Schemes

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Past PaperMark Scheme
2019 – All Papers2019 – Marking Instructions
2018 – All Papers2018 – Marking Instructions
2017 – All Papers2017 – Marking Instructions

Course Aims

The main aims of the course are to enable candidates to develop:

  • the ability to analyse and create media content, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of media literacy
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of media within society
  • the ability to plan and research when creating media content, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • the ability to evaluate

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