English Higher

What is special about this course?

Higher English is part of the full time NC Social Science Level 6 course.  It can also be studied alongside Maths and/or Science Highers as part of the Science Highers Programme, or alongside Higher Care and Higher Childcare and Development as part of the Care Practice Highers Programme.

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 at 2 or above,
  • Intermediate 2 English at B or above,
  • National 5 English at B or above,
  • Mature students with other qualifications should contact guidance.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
  • Face-to-face
  • On-line

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Bursary or EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance) if studying full time along with other subjects.

What can I do on completion of my course?

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

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Higher English at Inverness College UHI 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!

I want to apply in 2020/21

Apply for Higher English as part of the  NC Social Science Level 6

Apply for Higher English alone or along with Maths or Science subjects as part of the  Science Highers Group

Apply for Higher English along with Care Highers as part of the  Care Practice Highers Group

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