National 5
English SCQF Level 5

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


Why take this course?

The National 5 English Course will enable you to develop literacy skills and to understand, analyse and evaluate a range of texts (including Scottish texts) in the contexts of literature, language and media. On this course you will apply your knowledge and understanding of language to create and produce texts.

What you will experience

The Course provides you with opportunities to build on your prior learning experienced in a broad general education or in English qualifications at a lower SCQF level. The Course also provides you the opportunity to develop an understanding of how language works, and use language to communicate ideas and information in English, creatively and develop critical thinking skills. 

  • The Analysis and Evaluation unit concentrates on developing your understanding and critical appreciation of literature, language and media. 
  • The Creation and Production unit focusses on developing your talking and writing skills to create and produce detailed texts in a chosen context.

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.

Achievement of this Course gives automatic certification of the following Core Skill: Communication at SCQF level 5.


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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 4 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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