National 4
English SCQF Level 4

Develop your skills and understanding in analysing and evaluating texts in the contexts of literature, language and media.


Why take this course?

The main purpose of the course is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop the skills of listening, talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language. As learners develop their literacy skills, they will be able to process information more easily, apply knowledge of language in practical and relevant contexts, and gain confidence to undertake new and more challenging tasks in a variety of situations.

What you will experience

The course aims to enable learners to develop the ability to:

  • Listen, talk, read and write, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • Understand, analyse and evaluate texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience in the contexts of literature, language and media
  • Create and produce texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • Plan and research, integrating and applying language skills as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • Apply knowledge of language
Student in library with pile of books

Key facts

Mode of study

Entry requirements

Learners would normally be expected to have achieved the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

  • National 3 English Course or relevant component Units

Relevant experiences and outcomes may also provide an appropriate basis for doing this course.

What you need to know

Next steps



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