English and Scottish Literature

A 1, 90-100, I: Highly Excellent - Exemplary

These are the qualities associated with the grade A 1, 90-100, I: Highly Excellent - Exemplary.

Knowledge Range [breadth/depth] Comprehensive, fully assimilated, with outstanding evidence of independent reading.
Command of Material Imaginative, authoritative, with original insight producing a subtle and nuanced piece of work of publishable quality.
Awareness of Scholarship Fully conversant with relevant literature and major issues surrounding a topic. Demonstrates exceptional awareness of related material beyond the confines of the topic itself with an ability to incorporate this convincingly into specific argument.
Argument & analysis Focus on Question Sharply focussed on a clear line of argument in response to the question, while showing outstanding awareness of the complexities and wider ramifications of the issues raised.
Clarity of Structure Logically sophisticated, fully coherent structure, fluently developed.
Analytical Skills and Independence of Thought Critically acute, perceptive and sophisticated throughout. Demonstrates an exemplary ability to analyse issues and texts from a number of points of view culminating in an exemplary, independent conclusion.
Use & Evaluation of Evidence Compelling use of extensive primary evidence to support a convincing and original argument; demonstrating mastery of, and making a fresh contribution to, relevant critical contexts and/or debates in its engagement with secondary sources.
Language & Expression Clarity, Organisation & Accuracy Lucid and precise; exemplary paragraphing
Grammar & Syntax Sophisticated syntax and correct grammar.
Spelling Accurate.
Fluency of Writing Fluent, sophisticated, incisive and mature.
Scholarly apparatus Accuracy & Consistency of Referencing Accurate, consistent, well judged and appropriate.
Accuracy & Consistency of Works Cited list Complete, accurate, consistent and logically organised.