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English Qualifications > Course for Adult Learners

Online SQA Higher and National 5 English Qualification Course for Adult Learners

August – May

  • Online distance learning qualification course 

  • Tutor-led live online classes in Higher or National 5 English

  • Regular one-to-one sessions with your teacher

  • Externally assessed folio work included

  • SQA registration for final exam included

  • 24/7 online support

  • Internationally recognised alternative to GCSE and A Level

This course is delivered online meaning students can access this qualification without the need for weekly travel to The Glasgow Academy; so it's perfect for those who wish to complete an SQA National 5 or Higher English qualification via a flexible and remote learning setting.  SQA National Qualifications are internationally recognised alternatives to IGCSE, GCSE and A Level meaning they are just as valuable for entry into university, college and employment.  See how SQA qualifications compare to other UK awards here.

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  Most adults hold existing and often outdated qualifications such as Intermediate 2 or Standard Grades from their time in high school.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, lessons, learning materials 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

Find more information on the SQA English Qualification page.

When and where

Our National 5 and Higher English qualification course runs online from September - May each year.


The final SQA exam is April/May.

Fees and structure


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