What is special about this course?
The course combines two SQA units: Literature 1 (FA58 12) and Communication (FA1W 12, also known as Communications 4). Together, these two units are accepted by a number of colleges and universities as an equivalent qualification to Higher English. If you intend to use the qualification in this way, please check with the course leader for which you will be using it that this qualification is acceptable.
Whereas Higher English concentrates on the literary aspects of the language, the combination of Literature 1 and Communication offer alternative language skills. Literature 1 aims to help you enjoy novels, plays and poetry, while Communication offers practical skills in reading, writing, listening and presentation that are transferable into both study and commercial situations.
Students who only wish to complete the Communications unit may also join this class.
The candidate would be expected to have achieved English SCQF Level 5 (Intermediate 2) or completed a Creative Writing course. An entrance test may be required for those candidates who have not achieved the Level 5 English course. Students should apply for this course and sit the entrance exam - if necessary - prior to the start of each academic year. Entry will be at the discretion of the college.
During this course you will learn how to produce and evaluate examples of spoken and written communication, and participate in 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.
You will develop reading, writing, listening and talking skills:
- Listening skills are practised in a variety of contexts, 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, 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
This course is delivered as a taught class by blended learning, including the use of video conferencing and the virtual learning environment (VLE), Blackboard. In the main, the Literature 1 component will be taught using the VLE, and the Communication component will be classroom based. However, your tutor will be happy to discuss any aspect of the online component during your weekly classroom sessions.
During induction students will learn how to use the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Blackboard which is an integral part of the course delivery.
The weekly classroom sessions are mandatory. You should allow at least two hours a week in order to complete the online component of this course.
How long will my course last?
Completion of the course will require approximately 120 hours of study, through a combination of taught classes and self-study.
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Local Centres
The course will start at the end of October 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?
This course provides an alternative to English Higher as an entry qualification for some HN and Degree courses.
Is there more information available online?
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