English Qualifications > Course for Adult Learners

Course for Adult Learners

  • Online distance learning

  • Tutor-led live online classes with full support

  • SQA enrolment for final exam


(£500 with ITA)
August – May

This course is delivered online meaning students can access this course without the need for weekly travel to The Glasgow Academy.  There are a small number of set dates which students must attend Saturday morning classes in person - usually three or four across the full academic year - however, this course is perfect for those who wish to complete an English qualification via a flexible and remote learning setting.


National 5 and Higher English is becoming increasingly sought after as a qualification for adults who have left school, in some case several years ago.  Most adults hold existing and often outdated qualifications such as Intermediate 2 or Standard Grades from their time in high school.  This can often create a barrier to career changes and progression, as a national qualification in English has become a very common entry requirement to an increasing number of college and university courses.

Demand for the SQA National 5 or Higher English Qualifications among the adult population often exceeds the number of spaces available with college courses rapidly filling each year.


Saturday School is often the solution for adult learners who require the qualification yet do not have the option of completing a full-time weekday or evening course.  Completing your National 5 or Higher English Qualification with us allows adults to gain the award with minimum impact on their weekly, working life.  

Teachers who deliver this class are full time, fully qualified GTCS registered teachers who are currently delivering the N5 or Higher English courses in Scottish schools or colleges.  The courses fee covers all online live classes and lessons and registration, course assessment and continued support to maximise your chances of success.  Saturday School also complete your registration with SQA for the all-important final exam.

Typical entrants to this course are often:

  • Looking to enhance their career prospects

  • Considering a career change

  • Prospective entrants into primary teaching (PGDE Primary)

  • Prospective entrants into secondary teaching (PGDE Secondary)

  • Looking to progress from HNC or HND courses into university degree courses

  • Applicants for nursing or midwifery courses

  • Prospective entrants into armed forces or emergency services

  • Simply looking to enhance their existing English language and literacy skills

This course is Individual Training Accounts (ITA) enabled, meaning you may qualify for financial support up to £200 towards your course fee.

Find more information on the SQA English Qualification page.

When and where

National 5 and Higher English classes run online from August - May.


The final SQA exam is April/May.

There are typically three or four mandatory in-person attendances required at The Glasgow Academy to complete key assessments.  These dates are provided when a place on the course is offered.

All weekly live online lessons begin at 09.00 and end on or before 12.00.

Fees and structure

£700 full price

(£500 with ITA)

You can search for current career opportunities in education and all other settings across The UK using our partner organisation Jobsora.

Tutoring jobs (2).png