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English Higher

(SCQF level 6)

Languages, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

1st Sep 2021, 32 weeks


City Campus


£ 434


The course will prepare you for the Higher English course qualification.  As this is a fast track course, it is best suited to independent, self-motivated students who can work to a tight schedule, and dedicate 3-6 hours per week outside the college to self-study every week.  Successful completion of this course also gives automatic certification of Core Skill: Communication at SCQF level 6.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 6. For more information on the framework visit

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • You should have the skills, knowledge and understanding required OR
  • National 5 English course or relevant component units OR
  • Equivalent qualifications or experience

What you study

You will develop listening, talking, reading and writing skills to understand and use language. You will also develop your understanding of the complexities of language by studying a wide range of texts. The course also develops high levels of analytical thinking and understanding of the impact of language.

After the course


On successful completion of this course, you could progress to: 

  • other qualifications in English or related areas.
  • further study, employment and/or training.


How the course is taught

As this is a fast track course, you will need to dedicate 3-6 hours per week in self-study in addition to class attendance. In class, you will participate actively in discussion, reading and written tasks focusing on the course and exam success.

Enrolment on this course also allows you to attend the optional Higher English tutorial class. This class is once a week 17.00-19.00 every Thursday during your course. There is no additional charge for this.

Assessment methods

The course is made up of a Course Assessment (H23H 76 English: Analysis and Evaluation) and two units (either H23T 76 English: Creation and Production or H6NS 76 English: Creation and Production with a Scottish Context).

As well as the external exam in May there are two college-based assessments: 

  • Applying language skills in the creation of texts through creating a portfolio of writing.
  • Producing detailed and complex spoken language through the demonstration of talking and listening skills.

Additional Information


Essential Books

1. Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart. 
2. New Selected Poems by Carol Ann Duffy 1984-2004. 
3. 2018 SQA Papers Higher English by SQA published by Hodder and Gibson.
4. Higher English: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation Paperback – 27 Feb 2015 by A Bridges and C Eckford.
5. Higher English (Portfolio writing/ Scottish Text/Critical Essay) by A Bridges, Consultant Editor: C Cunningham. 
6. How to Pass Flash Revise Higher English (How To Pass - Higher Level) Paperback – 27 Jan 2012.
Other resources

  • 6 x 4 mm Spiral Bound Index Cards.
  • Binder A4 with plastic pockets.
  • Highlighters/pens/post-its. 
  • Phone, laptop or tablet with video capacity.

 You may be required to obtain other resources later in the course.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    1st Sep 2021, 32 weeks
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 434