English Higher

What is special about this course?

This qualification is one of the most commonly-required for entry to Higher Education and Degree courses. You will develop and extend a range of reading skills through studying, analysing and responding to a wide variety of informational, literary and media texts which contain complex ideas.

Entry requirements

The candidate would be expected to have achieved English SCQF Level 5 (C270 11, C724 75 or equivalent). An entrance test must be undertaken by those candidates who have not achieved an appropriate English course. You should apply for this course and sit the entrance exam - if necessary - prior to 16th August. Early application is advisable as places will be limited. Entry will be at the discretion of the college.

This course consists of the following two units which are internally assessed and a written folio and exam - both external assessed by SQA.

  • English: Analysis and Evaluation (Higher) H23H 76
  • English: Creation and Production (Higher) H23T 76

You will develop reading , writing, listening and talking skills:

  • Listening skills are practised in a variety of contexts which will arise as part of language and literary study in the Course, for example, watching broadcasts and group discussion of texts.
  • Writing skills will be developed by employing different registers, formats and styles to fulfil a variety of purposes.
  • The talking skills will be practised in a variety of contexts which will arise as part of the language and literary study in the Course through, for example, presenting information and opinions and discussion of issues and texts.

A great deal of student participation will be undertaken through the virtual learning environment (VLE) discussion board.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening
  • Flexible

This course is delivered as a taught class by blended learning, including the use of video conferencing from your local learning centre, and the virtual learning environment (VLE), which is called Blackboard.

Materials will be provided as a mixture of paper-based and through the VLE, Blackboard. You will work through the learning materials and complete tasks as requested by your tutor.

During induction students will learn how to use the VLE, which is an integral part of the course delivery.

The evening sessions, which you will attend from your local learning centre, are mandatory. Further to these, you will be expected to join a one hour online tutorial once a week; this can be done from your local learning centre or from home if you have the required technology and internet connection. Please contact your local learning centre for more information on times. There is also an element of self-study which will be required each week; students should allow at least 2 hours per week for this.

To gain the award of the course, students must achieve all the component units, complete a written folio and the external exam.

How long will my course last?

160 Hours

Completion of the course will require approximately 160 hours of study, through a combination of taught classes, online tutorials and self-study.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

The course will start at the end of August of each year.  Please contact your local centre for more details on precise dates.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

English Higher can be used as an entry qualification for a wide range of courses, in particular Social Science courses.  Alternatively, study of the subject itself can be continued through progression to a specific course such as BA Literature.

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