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



Scottish Fee RUK* Fee International Fee
£360 £1200 £1200

Full-Time Study

Full-time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible from the information they have provided on their course application form.

If you have been living in the UK for at least three years, are an ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full-time course. Please check our fee waiver policy for more information.

Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing please check with your course tutor on your requirements.

Please get in touch with nhcfinance@uhi.ac.uk if you have any further questions on fees.

*Rest of UK (students typically domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland.

Part-Time Study

A Fee Waiver could be available to help with the payment of course fees depending on your personal circumstances, please check our fee waiver policy to see if you are eligible.

Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing please check with your course tutor.

Please contact nhcfinance@uhi.ac.uk  if you have any further questions on fees.

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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Apply for English National 5

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.