Essential Skills for Teacher Training NQ

What is special about this course?

The course combines two SQA units:

  • Literature 1 
  • NC Communication

Together, these two units are accepted by a number of colleges and universities as an equivalent qualification to Higher English. If you intend to use the qualification in this way, please check with the course leader for which you will be using it that this qualification is acceptable.


Entry requirements

Applicants will usually have achieved English SCQF Level 5. However, we will consider every application individually and applicants without previous qualifications will be given a diagnostic activity to assess suitability for the course.

Whereas Higher English concentrates on the literary aspects of the language, the combination of Literature 1 and NC Communication offer alternative language skills. Literature 1 aims to help you enjoy novels and poetry, while NC Communication offers practical skills in reading, writing, listening and presentation that are transferable into both study and commercial situations.

Literature 1
There two areas of study:

  • Prose
  • Poetry

NC Communication
There are 4 areas of study:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Talking 

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Distance learning
  • Online

Distance learning and/or online

How long will my course last?

120 Hours

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Perth

Start date



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?

Career opportunities may include Teacher Training

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