English SCQF Level 6

Immerse yourself in literature and study the great works of English writing, from various cultures.


Why take this course?

The Higher English Course will provide you with the opportunity to develop listening, talking, reading and writing skills. You will develop your understanding of the complexities of language and high levels of analytical thinking by studying a wide range of texts.

What you will experience

The course will provide you with the opportunity to use creative and critical thinking to synthesise ideas and arguments, to develop critical literacy skills, personal, interpersonal and team-working skills, and independent learning, and to enhance your enjoyment and their understanding of your own and other cultures. The course fosters an appreciation of language awareness and of a wide range of literature and texts. 

  • The Analysis and Evaluation unit concentrates on developing your understanding and critical appreciation of literature, language and media. The unit will focus on the development of your skills needed to understand, analyse and evaluate detailed and complex texts.
  • The Creation and Production unit focuses on developing your talking and writing skills to create and produce detailed texts in a chosen context. You will develop the skills needed to create and produce detailed and complex language in both written and oral forms.

The course enables learners to communicate, be critical thinkers, develop cultural awareness and be creative. Each of these units is internally assessed, and for the final exam you will sit 2 papers. The first will test the skills developed in language and literary study units (understanding, analysis and evaluation); the second will require you to answer questions on a Scottish text that you have studied in class and to write a critical essay on a text from another genre of literature that you have studied.


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Key facts

Mode of study

Entry requirements

Learners would normally be expected to have achieved the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience: National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade English (at level 3 or above).

Please send evidence of these qualifications to our Student Advice Centre as evidence of meeting the entry requirements for this course. Please email evidence to enquiry@nescol.ac.uk.

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