English Qualifications > Course for Adult Learners

Online SQA Higher and National 5 English Qualification Course for school aged and home educated learners

  • Online distance learning SQA qualification course

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

  • SQA registration for final exam

  • Internationally recognised alternative to GCSE and A Level

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.  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 qualifications have become common entry requirements to an increasing number of college and university courses.  It is therefore a highly sought-after qualification for young people of school/ early college age.

Many young people currently in school or college can have difficulty adding National 5 or Higher English to their timetable or existing course schedule and Saturday School is often the solution for these learners who require the qualification yet do not have the option of adding it to their existing weekday commitments.  Completing online qualifications at Saturday School allows young people to gain an award with no impact on their weekly studies.  

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:

  • Prospective entrants into further or higher education courses

  • Looking to enhance their career prospects

  • Keen to enhance their qualifications and UCAS application

  • Prospective entrants into primary teaching (PGDE Primary)

  • Prospective entrants into secondary teaching (PGDE Secondary)

  • Looking to enter HNC, HND or 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