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Higher English (2019/20)

Course Content

A highly demanding course which requires a strong level of commitment and study. Following on from National 5 English, you will further develop skills of understanding, analysing and evaluating the language of quality non fiction and literature (drama, short stories, novels and poetry). You will develop skills to produce increasingly sophisticated communications, such as written and spoken language.

The course is delivered in modules one evening a week with ongoing assessment, which helps prepare you for the end exam and external coursework requirements.

This course is also offered through Distance Learning and is delivered as an online programme with online tutor support. Our Distance Learning course is divided into 2 parts: Preparation for Higher English (Aug-Jan) and Higher English Exam (Jan-May). You must progress and achieve on the Preparation course to be offered entry to the second part and presented for the exam.

Target Audience

Although this suits a diverse range of students, it may be of particular interest for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching or nursing.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is at the discretion of the college, however we expect applicants to have attained a minimum of a B pass at National 5 English or an equivalent level of study. Some students will be required to pass a diagnostic test and short interview to confirm suitability for the programme. Students are expected to be able to commit to a minimum further 3 hours of self study every week, to embed learning and fulfil course work requirements throughout the year.

The Distance Learning programme is delivered via the college's online learning platform, My Learning. Distance Learning students are expected to be IT proficient, have access to a computer with camera, sound and headphones and internet access.

Future Prospects

A pass at Higher English may fulfil one of the requirements for access to university or other education/training.


Internal assessment, externally marked portfolio and external examinations. Distance learning students may be required to attend our college campus for up to 4 sessions (of about 2 hours each) to sit assessments and prelim examinations. All students must achieve a satisfactory mark in the Prelim, in order to be presented for the final exam.

How to Apply

Applications for our part-time courses are not currently open. If you would like further details, please contact us.

All course fees are reviewed annually, and subject to change. Published fees apply to the courses mode of delivery.

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