English - Distance Learning Higher

What is special about this course?

Higher English is a SQA accredited course with a value of three credits.  You will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts in order to understand and appreciate the techniques writers use to create meaning and impact in their writing.

The distance learning course is delivered online and students can study in their own time from home.


Entry requirements

Applicants will usually have National 5 English at C or above. However, we will consider every application individually and applicants without previous qualifications will be given a diagnostic activity to assess suitability for the course.

You will study a range of prose and poetry.  You will also learn how to write effective fiction and non-fiction, producing two pieces or writing for external assessment.

Higher English students are assessed through internal and external assessments.  The internal assessments take the form of units marked by your lecturer.  The external assessment involves the submission of a folio of writing and a final exam which consists of two papers.  The folio and final exam papers are marked and accredited by the SQA.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Distance learning

Part Time

Distance learning

Online course

How long will my course last?

30 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Perth

Start date




As this is a part-time course, fees will most likely be applicable - unless you are entitled to a fee waiver.


You may be eligible for funding under the Individual Training Account (ITA).

What can I do on completion of my course?

A pass in Higher English is an entry requirement for most university courses.  The skills developed from the study of Higher English are highly relevant to university level study.  Skills such as reading, writing, analysis and evaluation are common requirements for most degrees.

Is there more information available online?

QR Code - scan to visit course page

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for English - Distance Learning Higher

I want to start in 2024/25

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