Literature 1 Higher

What is special about this course?

This course encourages the meaningful analysis of literature, its social and moral concerns, its devices and stylistic characteristics. You will be expected to discuss, watch performances of, and make reasoned judgements about literary texts, plays, poems, novels, short stories, possibly chosen by yourself.

Entry requirements

Entry to the course is at the discretion of the college although the student would normally be expected to have achieved English at level 5 (Intermediate 2) or undertaken the Creative Writing unit.

The course covers the following areas:

  • Identifying the concerns and purposes of a text
  • Identifying the key aspects and strategies used by the writer
  • Expressing your own attitude to the text
  • Presenting evidence from a text to support your judgements
  • Making accurate use of literary terminology
  • Evaluating texts in different literary genres
  • Critically evaluating an unseen literary text

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Open Learning

The coursework and practice exercises will appear week by week over 12 weeks on Blackboard, which is the online virtual learning environment (VLE).  You can log on from anywhere with a broadband connection - home, work or your nearest Argyll College Learning Centre.

There are formative assessments for you to complete, which are exercises along the way to ensure you understand the course.  You will submit some of your assessment work via Blackboard, and email some directly to your tutor for marking.

Before the course you will attend a short induction in the learning centre, which will include an introduction to the use of Blackboard.  You will be provided with contact details for your tutor, who will be available by phone or email. If you have problems with any of the exercises, or difficulties in understanding the course, ask your tutor.  Your tutor is there to help you with any problems, however small.

How long will my course last?

40 Hour

Completion of the course will require approximately 40 hours of study.


Where can I study my course?

Start date

Open Learning courses start on the following dates each year:

  • 1st September
  • 1st November
  • 1st February
  • 1st March

You are welcome to come along and enrol on this course at any time. However, your course will commence on the next start date after your enrolment.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

From this course, you may wish to progress to higher literature-based courses, Social Science or other relevant courses. 

Note that if you wish an entry qualification for HN and Degree courses equivalent to English Higher, you may want to study Literature 1 in combination with Communication at Higher level.  See the Literature 1 and Communication course.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Literature 1 Higher

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

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College 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.

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