SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

This course will teach you the language skills you will need to manage your career in Scotland or to apply for further study. You will develop general language skills for speaking, writing, listening and reading and work on your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. You will learn about the Scottish workplace and do a two-week work placement to improve your chances of changing your job and progressing in your career. In addition to ESOL, you will have the opportunity to improve your IT skills and study Business and Tourism. You will do a lot of learning in pairs and groups but will also be expected to work independently through self-directed study. 

NQ ESOL for Work Level 5 course information

This course is bursary funded so you will not have to pay course fees and may be eligible for other bursary funding. You will be expected to buy the course materials as specified by your tutor (approximately £45). Please note these courses are for applicants whose first language is not English. 


What You Will Learn
  • English language skills of speaking listening reading and writing
  • You will develop grammar at an upper intermediate level
  • You will extend vocabulary at an upper intermediate level
  • SQA units in Business, IT and Tourism (Level 5)
  • Careers guidance
  • Preparation for work SQA work experience unit (Level 4)
  • Work placement
Placement Information
  • You will do a six-day work placement in a field close to your chosen career field in order to gain essential and hands-on experience in your industry. 

Entry Requirements
  • You should have a clear idea of your future study or work plans 

English Proficiency Requirements
  • ESOL Intermediate 1/National 4 SQA or above or equivalent
How the course is assessed


  • This is a bursary course, and you are expected to attend 100% of the course 
  • There will be regular assessment tasks throughout the course to monitor your progress, including National 5 coursework assessments, which test reading, writing, listening and speaking 
  • The Prelim exam in February will prepare you for the final exam in May 
  • You will also complete evidence in portfolio or presentation form for the Business Management course work and the Work Placement unit 









Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be invited to attend a test and interview where your language level and suitability for the course will be checked 

Progression And Articulation Routes


  • Progress to mainstream college courses at NC or HNC 
  • NQ English Plus Higher 





Career Opportunities


  • Self-employment or further training 


Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Information about funding can be found here
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Higher and National 5 Timetable
Applying for Higher and National 5s

Online applications for Advanced Higher/Higher/National 5 courses can be made via enrolment events. All applicants who meet the entry requirements following exam results will be guaranteed a place. 

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To apply please download an SCP application form and contact your guidance teacher who will support you through your application.

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