English and Scottish Literature

A3, 70-79, I: Excellent

These are the qualities associated with the grade A3, 70-79, I: Excellent.

Knowledge Range [breadth/depth] Very extensive, very well assimilated and with strong evidence of independent reading.
Command of Material Imaginative, authoritative, with original insight producing a subtle and nuanced piece of work.
Awareness of Scholarship Fully conversant with relevant literature and major issues surrounding a topic. Demonstrates an excellent awareness of related material beyond the confines of the topic itself with an ability to incorporate this convincingly.
Argument & analysis Focus on Question Sharply focussed on a clear line of argument in response to the question, while showing excellent awareness of the complexities and wider ramifications of the issues raised.
Clarity of Structure Fully coherent, logically consistent structure, clearly developed.
Analytical Skills and Independence of Thought Critically acute, perceptive and sophisticated throughout. Demonstrates an excellent ability to analyse issues and texts from a number of points of view culminating in an independent conclusion.
Use & Evaluation of Evidence Very strong use of extensive primary evidence to support a convincing and well rounded argument; demonstrating excellent knowledge of relevant critical contexts and/or debates in its 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 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.