English - Distance Learning National 5

What is special about this course?

National 5 English is an SQA accredited course with a value of 3 credits.  You will study 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.  In addition to distance learning, we currently offer National 5 English as a day class to students enrolled on our full-time Access to Highers or Access to Humanities courses but you are able to join the class if numbers permit (day classes run twice weekly for 2 hours per class).

Entry requirements

An initial activity must be completed by the applicant in order to assess suitability for the level.

Studied text may include prose, poetry, drama and journalism.  You will also learn how to write effective fiction and non-fiction, producing two pieces of writing for external assessment.  National 5 English students are assessed through a series of 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

How long will my course last?

30 Week

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

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Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

National 5 English is an excellent stepping-stone to studying Higher English.  It introduces students to a range of writing genres and techniques.  A pass in National 5 English at C and above will secure a place on a Higher English course.

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