Higher English is a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) accredited course. A pass in Higher English is required for most university courses, including Teacher Training (PGDE).

There are four components of assessment in the Higher English course:

  • Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation
  • Critical Reading
  • Portfolio of Writing
  • Spoken Language

The course consists of 24 SCQF credit points which includes time for preparation for course assessment. The notional length of time for candidates to complete the course is 160 hours. Students undertaking this qualification are advised to commit to 4-6 hours of study per week.