Communication (NC) Higher

What is special about this course?

This course helps students produce and evaluate examples of spoken and written communication. The SQA unit is commonly known as Communication 4.

Throughout this unit you will:

  • Analyse and evaluate complex written communication.
  • Produce complex written communication.
  • Analyse and evaluate complex spoken communication.
  • Deliver and participate in complex spoken communication.

You will study this course during a weekly 2 hour evening class over approximately 26 weeks.

Entry requirements

The candidate would normally be expected to have achieved Communication at SCQF Level 5.

This is a 2-credit SQA unit. 

The course covers the following topic areas:

  • Analysing and evaluating non-fiction written texts such as newspaper articles

  • Writing complex non-fiction texts in different formats

  • Analysing and evaluating spoken communication, such as television documentaries and group discussions

  • Taking part in group debates

  • Presenting information verbally in the form of a short talk or interview

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening
  • Flexible

Communication (NC) is taught as an evening class. The sessions are classroom based, and are attended by students from a variety of UHI Argyll local centres. Some students will dial in to the classroom based sessions using the video conferencing software. 

Classroom sessions will include a variety of activities including individual work, group activities, whole class discussions and tutorials with your lecturer.

Communication (NC) is appropriate for students who need to interpret, analyse and convey complex written and oral information.  It may be combined with the Unit FA58 12 Literature 1 as a course of study. Throughout the course, if you have problems with any of the exercises, or difficulties in understanding the course, you are encourage to get in contact with your lecturer. Your lecturer is there to help you with any problems, however small.

How long will my course last?

80 Hours

Completion of the course will require approximately 80 hours of study.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more details on the course start date.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course is appropriate for those who need to interpret, analyse and convey complex written and oral information. It may be combined with the Literature 1 unit (FA48 12), which is studied as an open learning course. The combination of Communication at Higher level and Literature 1 can be used as an equivalent to English Higher as an entry qualification for some HN and Degree courses.

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Apply for Communication (NC) Higher

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local UHI Argyll Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.