English National 5

What is special about this course?

This qualification is the ideal starting point for those who have not achieve an English qualification at school and who wish to prepare for further study.

You will look at a range of fiction, including a specified Scottish writer and non-fiction texts in order to understand and appreciate the techniques writers use to create meaning and impact in their writing.

Entry requirements

Three passes at National 4 level.

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.

This course offers you the opportunity to develop and extend a wide range of skills, including communication, independent learning, critical literacy, personal/interpersonal skills, team working and creative thinking.  This course will develop your ability to:

  • listen and talk, read and write as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • understand, analyse and evaluate texts, including Scottish 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
  • apply knowledge and understanding of language

You will learn how to write effective fiction and non-fiction, producing two pieces of writing for external assessment.  Studied text may include prose, poetry, drama and journalism

How will I study my course?

  • Short course
  • Online

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

Remote tutorials using online platform. Online resources using VLE. 

Develop skills 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. 

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?

National 5 English can be used for progression to Higher English or as a starting point for a range of full-time courses at SCQF level 5 and 6.

Is there more information available online?

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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.