English Language Study National 5

What is special about this course?

In this course, you will read and learn about a wide variety of texts whose purposes are informative, expressive and creative/imaginative. A high level of reading skill will be developed as texts are studied and evaluated for information, for meaning and as models of writing.

This course is suitable for those who are interested in the study of English and creative writing for their own sake, as well as those seeking a qualification.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, although you would benefit from having studied English at the level of Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade.  This course is also ideal for progression from Creative Writing 1 (E9X5 10).

This unit focuses on English reading and writing of various kinds.  You will develop the skills and concepts required for:

  • Informational, expressive and creative writing, including summary and report writing, writing which reflects, persuades or argues and writing in literary genres
  • Reading informational and literary texts of recognised quality and for gaining access to information technologies
  • Individual talk, discussion and listening.

This unit is a component of the English National 5 (SCQF level 5) course.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

Classes will be based on group and individual work, including discussion and analysis of sample texts.  Peer review will be an important part of the developmental process.

How long will my course last?

28 Hours

You will participate in a weekly class, giving a total of 28 taught hours.  In addition to this you will need to spend time outside of class working on your own compositions, both for practice and for your final assessments.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

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


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

If you require an entry qualification for a full-time course, you may wish to complete the remaining units of the English course at National 5 level.  If you wish to do another part-time course, you could progress to Literature 1, which is a Higher level unit.

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Apply for English Language Study National 5

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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