English 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 course has been re-designed to fit around the needs of our students. Many students now need the flexibility provided by online platforms, which will be supported by regular opportunities for speaking directly to your lecturer either remotely or in the classroom.

Entry requirements

  • National 5 in English or equivalent.
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

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
  • Evening
  • Online

You will study through a combination of face-to-face classes on campus and remote learning via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with support from your lecturers.

Tutoring slots can also be booked with your lecturer if required.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Part time: 5 hours per week over 8 months.

2 hours a week will be face-to-face classes and 3 hours can be studied online at a time that suits you.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

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

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


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?

This course can help with entry into higher education such as HNC/D or Degree programmes, and is especially beneficial for individuals wishing to go onto a teaching programme.

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I want to start in 2024/25

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.