English Higher

What is special about this course?

Higher English can be studied on its own or alongside two other subjects as part of the Highers Programmes.

On Higher English you will study language and literature together. You will deepen your understanding of poetry, prose, drama and non-fiction writing, and you'll learn to anlyse fiction and non-fiction texts.

This course is an exciting opportunity to engage with literature and language through discussion, group work, extended essays and projects. If you're passionate about reading, or interested in learning how arguments work, then this Higher is for you!

You will cover work by Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Miller and a selection of poetry by Carol Ann Duffy, as well as a variety of non-fiction text.



Entry requirements

  • Standard Grade English pass, or
  • Intermediate 2 English pass, or
  • National 5 English at B pass, or
  • Mature students with other qualifications should contact studentsupport.ic@uhi.ac.uk for information.

You will study the following units:

  • H23H 76 English: Analysis and Evaluation (Higher)
  • H23T 76 English: Creation and Production (Higher)

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Online

Higher English can be studied online or face to face on campus.  

If you choose our open learning option, you are required to study and submit regular assignments from home using the online Brightspace Virtual Learning Environment. This makes the course ideal to organise your learning around work or childcare commitments. Guidance and feedback will be provided throughout the course by your lecturer and final examinations are on site in Inverness.  

Please ensure you select your preferred option, online or face to face, as part of the application process.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    Fee information for part time Further Education courses

    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.

    Scottish students

    Further Education (SCQF 1-6) level 



    Part-time (per single Higher)



    Rest of UK and International students 

    Further Education (SCQF 1-6) level 


    Part-time (per single Higher)


    Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

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


    If you wish to study part time there is a cost of approximately £360 per subject. Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver.

    Funding - Tuition fees (uhi.ac.uk)

    Additional costs

    You will be required to purchase textbooks (approximately £10) as part of this course. If you are a full time student and are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    • Undergraduate degree courses in English, Journalism, Media, etc., or in the Humanities more widely
    • At UHI Inverness, BA (Hons) Literature, BA (Hons) History and Literature, BA (Hons) Scottish History and Literature or HNC Creative Industries.

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    Higher English at UHI Inverness is fantastic opportunity to learn about language and literature in English from different periods, countries and genres. You're taught by highly-qualified lecturers who are passionate about their subject, and who also teach this at degree level and undertake research in this area. You'll  be at the cutting edge of Literary Studies!

    Apply for English Higher

    Applications for this subject are currently closed.

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness 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.