English and Scottish Literature

A2, 80-89, I: Highly Excellent

These are the qualities associated with the grade A2, 80-89, I: Highly Excellent.

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