Communication NQ

What is special about this course?

Being an effective communicator allows you to interact with people in a whole range of situations.  This module is designed to help you improve skills in:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Talking
  • Listening

If achieved in combination with Literature 1, this module can also provide access to university as an alternative to Higher English.  In fact, many universities prefer their students to have Communication and Literature 1 as they are more practical and useful in preparing students for Higher Education.

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements.

The communication module is a double credit module with a recommended study time of 80 hours.  On successful completion, you gain two credits at SCQF Level 6 (Higher).

The following provides details of the topics covered:

  • Reading - Summarising and evaluating complex written communication;
  • Writing - Producing formal reports (650+ words) using appropriate language and structure conventions;
  • Listening - Summarising and evaluating complex verbal communication (solo speaker)
  • Listening - Summarising and evaluating complex verbel communication (multiple speakers)
  • Talking - Planning and delivering a complex oral communication (8+ mins);
  • Talking - Organising and contributing to a group discussion on a complex topic

How will I study my course?

  • Distance learning
  • Online

As this course is offered via Distance Learning, it's up to you to decide when and how often you should study.  Ideally, you should designate a certain time slot each week for working on this module as this will help you to develop better time management (another useful skills to take in Higher Education).

The main benefit of studying via Distance Learning is that you can study anywhere you like.  However, you should plan your learning environment carefully as this can have an impact on your success.  Ideally, you will find somewhere that is quiet, comfortable and allows you access to information (such as a library or learning centre).

If you choose to study this module at home, try to set up an area specifically for this purpose (e.g. a dining table or desk).  This will help you to focus your mind on the task in hand and allows you to separate work and home life.

How long will my course last?

80 Hour

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.

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