English (Evening) 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.

This successful course, which previously ran with four hours of face-to-face delivery, has been re-designed to fit around the needs of our students.  Many now need the flexibility provided by online platforms, which will be supported by regular opportunities for speaking directly to your lecturer over the phone or in the classroom.

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: 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?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Part Time
  • Evening

Face-to-face tutorials, supplemented by online pre-recorded lessons, discussion boards and interactive learning resources designed to fit round your schedule.  

30-minute tutoring slots can also be booked at various points, if required.

How long will my course last?

1 Year


Part time: 4 hours per week of learning over 1 academic year. Face-to-face teaching: Wednesdays, 7-9pm.

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

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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Apply for English (Evening) Higher

I want to start in 2021/22

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