SCQF Level 5
Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Course Overview

Studying National 5 English will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills of listening talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language. As your literacy skills develop you will be able to process information more easily, apply knowledge of the language in practical and relevant contexts and gain confidence to undertake new and more challenging tasks in a variety of situations. Building on literacy skills the course develops your understanding of the complexities of language including through the study of a wide range of texts as well as enhancing your levels of analytical thinking and understanding of the impact of language.

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part-time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects.


For classes taking place during the day you come to college twice a week for a 2-hour class. For evening classes you come to college once a week for a 3-hour class.


Course Fees: £326 per subject. Fees will be confirmed when an application has been processed.

What You Will Learn
  • English: Analysis and Evaluation - you will have the opportunity to develop your listening and reading skills in the contexts of literary language and media. You will be able to develop the skills you need to understand analyse and evaluate detailed texts.
  • English: Creation and Production - you will have the opportunity to develop your talking and writing skills in a range of contexts. These are the skills needed to create and produce detailed texts in both written and oral forms.
    Entry Requirements
    • Achieved a pass at National 4 level in English (or equivalent).
    • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work at an appropriate level by having already achieved a pass at A or B in the level below which they are applying for.

      • National 5 (SCQF 5) subjects - pass at National 4 (with added value unit), Intermediate 1 at A or B, or Standard Grade 3 or 4 in the subject.
      • Higher (SCQF 6) subjects - A or B pass at National 5 or A or B at Intermediate 2 in the subject.
      • Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) subjects - A or B pass at Higher
      • For entry to social science subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History and Politics previous study of the subject is not required. However, National 5 English is required plus another social subject at SCQF level 5

    These courses are challenging and require the ability to study independently. Applicants should identify clearly the reason for studying their chosen subject in their course application.

    English Proficiency Requirements
    • IELTS 5.5
    How the course is assessed
    • For the course assessment, you will provide evidence of your reading and writing skills and your ability to understand and use the English language. The course assessment will take the form of a portfolio through which you will demonstrate your writing skills and an examination paper through which you will demonstrate your reading and writing skills.
    Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
    • You may be invited to sit a diagnostic test to ascertain your suitability for the course.
    Progression And Articulation Routes
    • You may be able to progress onto a variety of Higher level courses with National 5 English and other relevant qualifications.
    Number Of Days Per Week
    • One 3 hour class on Thursday(4.30-7.30) at Sighthill Campus
    Course Cost And Funding Options
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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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