English Higher

What is special about this course?

The course prepares students for further study or career progression by developing skills in critical thinking, literacy and communication. The course requires students to:

  • Write a portfolio of two essays. One will be a “discursive” essay, which aims to argue for a certain idea, and the other will be a reflective or creative essay
  • Analyse non-fiction texts, such as news articles, and discuss how the writer uses language
  • Study two fictional texts - usually a novel and a collection of poetry - and understand the bigger ideas and messages contained within the stories
  • Sit a final end-of-year exam

Entry requirements

  • National 5 English is preferred
  • Individual applications will be considered

How will I study my course?

  • Evening
  • Online

How long will my course last?

One or two academic sessions.

This course is usually held as an Evening class at the Thurso campus from 6pm - 9pm over 32 weeks, with attendance once a week from September – May.

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date

Annually in early September.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.




What can I do on completion of my course?

Higher English is an entry requirement for a large number of University courses and is a valued qualification by many employers. Students who enjoy the literature part of the course may find the following University of the Highlands and Islands courses of particular interest:

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I want to start in 2020/21

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