English Higher

What is special about this course?

This course aims to improve your writing and extend your knowledge of literature in prose, poetry and drama.

You will study a wide variety of non-fiction and fiction texts, developing the key skills of understanding, analysing and evaluating.  You will develop these skills both in writing and orally.  You will also have the opportunity to produce your own discursive and creative writing. 

You will explore texts such as; reference texts, reports and factual articles from journalistic texts, feature articles dealing with different points of view, persuasive texts including advertisements, biography and autobiography, letters and memoirs; formal essays and literary texts from different genres. These will include informative, expressive, imaginative and creative styles and you will study and analyse them for information and meaning.

You will also explore texts from at least two different genres such as: poetry, prose, novels, short stories, autobiography, memoirs, diary, travelogue, essays; drama and mass media.

Writing folio - For this you are required to produce two pieces of writing, one of which is broadly discursive and one of which is broadly creative. You will have the opportunity to redraft your work which will contribute 30% towards the final mark.

Entry requirements

You should have National 5 English A or B, or Int 2 A or B or standard grade 1 or 2 or equivalent.

Internal Assessment

You must pass two internal units (assessments) in order to qualify to take the external assessments (exams) at the end of the course.  If you do not achieve these units, you will not achieve English Higher even if you do take the final exams and pass. The two Units are:

English: Analysis and Evaluation (Higher)

The purpose of this Unit is to help you to develop listening and reading skills in the contexts of literature, language and media. You will develop the skills to understand, analyse and evaluate detailed and complex texts.

English: Creation and Production (Higher)

You will develop the skills needed to create and produce detailed and complex language in both written and oral forms.

External assessments

Portfolio of Writing: 30 marks

2 pieces: one Creative and one Discursive.  Your folio will be a first draft and finished version for both the discursive and creative essays

You will have the opportunity to redraft your work, but it will be assessed by the teacher on a maximum of two occasions. The Portfolio will be submitted to SQA for external marking by the end of the course but you will write your folio during the course.

Exam 1: Question Paper: Close Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

30 marks

In the Reading for UAE paper, learners will answer questions designed to test their understanding, analysis, evaluation, summarising, inferencing and comparative skills. The passages will be non-fiction and previously unseen.

Exam 2: Critical Reading (Scottish Text analysis and Critical Essay on a second text)

40 marks.

There will be two sections: a section for analysis of one of the set Scottish text studied in class and a critical essay on a different text from another genre studied in class.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

These courses can be accessed in any of our ten college centres using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and virtual learning environments.

How long will my course last?

9 Month

The course has 80 hrs of tuition which you are required to attend.

Where can I study my course?

  • Auchtertyre
  • Broadford
  • Fort William
  • Gairloch
  • Kilchoan
  • Kinlochleven
  • Mallaig
  • Portree
  • Strontian
  • Ullapool

Start date

The course will start in mid August each year and is available at all our college centres.

How much will my course cost?

Cost £270

Costs include tutored sessions, assessments and certification at the end of the course. Learners will be expected to purchase, or borrow from a library, their own texts.

What funding can I apply for?

You may be eligible for an Individual Training Account (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland to help pay for this course.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts are for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less or be on certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the cost of learning or training.

You can apply for an ITA if you are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

ITAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or developing an existing skill to support you in work. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any ITA approved learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training providers. To find out more or to apply, visit myworldofwork.co.uk


What can I do on completion of my course?

After this course, there are a number of other further and higher education courses you can study. Ask us for more information.

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