Studying Higher English will provide you with the
opportunity to develop the skills of listening, talking, reading and writing in
order to understand and use language. As you develop your literacy skills, you
will be able to process information more easily, apply knowledge of the language in
practical and relevant contexts, and gain the confidence to undertake new and more
challenging tasks in a variety of situations. Building on literacy skills, the
Higher English course develops your understanding of the complexities of
language, including through the study of a wide range of texts. It will also
enhance your level of analytical thinking and understanding of the impact of
National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA,
are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as
pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers
a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a
part-time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects.
For classes taking place during the day you come to college
twice a week for a two-hour class. For evening classes you come to college or
an outreach location within the community once a week for a 3-hour class.
Course Fees: £320 per subject. Fees will be confirmed when
an application has been processed.
- English: Analysis and Evaluation - you will have the opportunity to develop listening and reading skills in the contexts of literature, language and media. You will develop the skills needed to understand, analyse and evaluate detailed and complex texts
- English: Creation and Production - you will have the opportunity to develop talking and writing skills in a wide range of contexts. You will develop the skills needed to create and produce detailed and complex language in both written and oral forms
- You should have recently gained an A or B in English at
National 5 or Intermediate 2 level (or equivalent)
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work at an
appropriate level by having already achieved a pass at A or B in the level
below which they are applying for.
- National 5 (SCQF 5) subjects - pass at National 4 (with
added value unit), Intermediate 1 at A or B, or Standard Grade 3 or 4 in the
- Higher (SCQF 6) subjects - A or B pass at National 5 or A or
B at Intermediate 2 in the subject
- Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) subjects - A or B pass at Higher
- For entry to social science subjects such as Psychology, Sociology
and Politics previous study of the subject is not required. However National 5
English is required plus another social subject at SCQF level 5
The above represents the minimum entry requirements.
These courses are challenging and require the ability to
study independently. Applicants should identify clearly the reason for studying
their chosen subject in their course application.
English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
The course assessment will take the form of a portfolio through which you will demonstrate your writing skills and an examination which will assess your ability to write critically on set texts and demonstrate reading skills for understanding, analysis and evaluation of texts.
Higher English is a demanding course. In order to succeed , students are expected to attend all classes and in addition study independently for at least 3 hours a week. Please consider whether you can make this commitment before applying for the course.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
You may be invited to sit a diagnostic test to assess your ability to meet the demands of the course.
Progression And Articulation Routes
Appropriate Highers, including English may support your application to study HNC or degree courses in your preferred subject area.
If you require Higher English to apply for a post graduate course you should check the grade required.
- 2 classes per week ( 2 hours each) during the day
- 1 class per week ( 3 hours) in the evening
Course Cost And Funding Options