English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): SCQF Level 6 Higher

What is special about this course?

This qualification is equivalent to Level C1/C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

You will develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to an advanced level. 
You will:

  • Focus on a variety of interesting topics, such as health and wellbeing, the world of work and business, the environment and everyday life in the UK.
  • Develop practical writing techniques such as formal letter/email writing, academic essays and reports. 

You can also use this qualification for entry into most college and university courses in Scotland, including studies in Medicine, Law, Engineering and PGDE in Secondary School Teaching.

Entry requirements

  • College placement test and interview OR
  • A SQA Level 5 qualification OR
  • A certification at B2 level (such as Cambridge B2 First)


You will need to purchase a textbook (approx. £30). Further details will be provided following an initial assessment.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

This course is delivered face-to-face on campus. 

Other methods of delivery may be available upon discussion with lecturers.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Part time

3 hours per week

This course is free of charge.

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.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may:

  • Enter employment or progress within your career.
  • Progress onto further studies including Medicine, Law, Engineering and PGDE in Secondary School Teaching alongside other relevant qualifications.

Higher ESOL can be used for entrance to most FE/HE college and univerisity courses in Scotland, including studies in Medicine, Law, Engineering and PGDE in Secondary School Teaching. 

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“It is always a great pleasure to welcome our multi-national students to the ESOL classes. The language learning journey is never complete: our upper-intermediate to advanced level students who have lived here for many years, also find the classes helpful and that there is always something new to learn.”  - ESOL Lecturer, Siobhan Mackie

I started seeing significant changes in my English as soon as I joined the classes and
I have been able to understand what mistakes I make when speaking and why, which is one of the most difficult things in a language. Thanks to the course I have received an offer to study to become a secondary school teacher. 

Nerea Fernanz

Apply for this course

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.