English (Daytime) Higher

What is special about this course?

We live in a communications-driven society and this qualification will enable you to flourish as you improve and develop your skills in all aspects of English.

This course is designed to enhance your language abilities and critical understanding through close reading of complex written materials and the study of great literary works from various cultures.

You will gain exceptional expertise in understanding, evaluation, comparison and analysis.

Entry requirements

National 5 in English or equivalent.

Ideally you should already have achieved a “B” or above in National 5 English before applying for this course but there is some flexibility, especially for mature students, so please contact us directly to discuss if Higher English is suitable for you.


Course content includes:

  • Language Study: By focussing on two key areas: close reading and writing. The close reading element will extend your understanding of passages (key ideas, meanings…), develop your ability to analyse the writer’s style (structure, word choice, tone…) and you will be invited to evaluate passages by citing evidence in support of your comments.  In the writing element you will be given the opportunity to write in a variety of genre and to extend your skills (stylistically and technically).
  • Literary Study: You will study prose, poetry and drama and will be introduced to a range of critical concepts and terms.  You will also learn new skills in critical essay writing.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

Face-to-face teaching supplemented by online discussion boards, pre-recorded lessons to review your learning, plus a wide range of online resources.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Part time: 3 hours in class per week with a further 1 hour online over 8 months

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course can help with entry into HN and degree programmes and is especially beneficial for individuals wishing to go onto a teaching programme.

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray 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.