English Higher

What is special about this course?

This qualification is one of the most required for entry to Higher Education and Degree courses.

You will develop and extend your knowledge in a range of reading skills through studying, analysing and responding to a wide variety of informational, literacy and media texts which contain complex ideas.

Entry requirements

  • Achievement of National 5 English

  • Candidates who have not achieved qualifications at the appropriate level may be required to take an entrance test.  You should apply for this course and sit the entrance test (if necessary) as soon as possible.

  • You will develop reading, writing, listening and talking skills.
  • Listening skills are practised in a variety of contexts which will arise as part of language and literacy study in the course, for example watching broadcasts and group discussions of texts.
  • Writing skills will be developed by employing different registers, formats and styles to fulfil a variety of purposes.
  • Talking skills will be practised in a variety of contexts which will arise as part of the language and literacy study in the course, for example, presenting information and opinions and discussion of issues and texts.

How will I study my course?

  • Evening
  • Online

Develop skill and education in a flexible way - our course is designed to be inspiring and engaging - your own location is no barrier to enrolling on this course. All you need is access to a computer and wifi. 

Remote delivery is the new era for increasing your education. Study this course remotely, with remote tutorials on Tuesday evenings 6 pm – 8 pm.

How long will my course last?

9 Months



Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso
    • Alness
    • Dornoch

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our Tuition Fees information.




What can I do on completion of my course?

Higher English can be used as an entry qualification for a wide range of courses, in particular primary and secondary teacher training courses. 

Alternatively, study of the subject itself can be continued through progression to a specific course such as BA Literature.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2022/23

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI North Highland. UHI North Highland 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.