Creative Writing Unit Award SCQF level 4-6

What is special about this course?

Why not put pen to paper – or fingers on the keyboard - and explore the techniques involved in creative writing? This course will enhance your confidence and competence in writing. You will be encouraged to develop self-expression and an awareness of the creative possibilities of language.

At Level 2, you will have the chance to explore the challenges and constraints of writing within chosen genres. Confidence in creative writing could open up the possibilities of a career in vocational areas such as:

journalism, advertising, public relations and marketing or simply increase your ability for your own enjoyment.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course although for

Level 1 - Standard Grade English at General level or Communication 2 or an equivalent level of experience would be desirable.

Level 2 - Creative Writing 1 or Communication 3 or Standard Grade English at Credit level or an equivalent level of experience would be desirable.

This course may run as a composite class, with learners new to Creative Writing taking level 1 and those who have achieved at that level, progressing to level 2. If you are unsure, please call your nearest College Learning Centre to find out more.

While different tutors will take different approaches, you will be working towards three assessments (known as learning outcomes). All three are re-drafted pieces of work and do not need to be complete to be submitted. You will have the chance to cover areas such as:

Creative Writing 1

  • expression of feeling
  • writing about an event from varied points of view
  • writing to convey relationship

Creative Writing 2

  • writing to express feeling in a chosen genre
  • writing a narrative in a chosen genre
  • write in verse or prose in response to a brief

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

10 Weeks

You will have tutoring and guidance on the redrafting process each week and will be supported, as you gain in confidence, by individual discussion with your tutor as well as benefitting from a group learning environment.

2 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Where can I study my course?

    • Portree

Start date

These courses start early in the new academic year and may be repeated later in the year if there is sufficient demand.


Cost £80

This includes learning materials, tutored sessions, access to a college learning centre, assessment and SQA certification on successful completion.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The next step may be to continue to Creative Writing 2 or Intermediate or Higher English or Communication 4 and Literature 1 which together are accepted by some universities and colleges as equivalent to Higher Grade English.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Creative Writing Unit Award SCQF level 4-6

To apply for this course, please contact your

local college centre.

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