Communication SCQF Level 4/5

What is special about this course?

This course is an alternative to a Standard Grade, Intermediate or National qualification in English, which is studied in school. It is useful for more mature students who don’t have an up-to-date English qualification. It is also a good way for younger students to improve on the English qualification they got at school.

Entry requirements


This course starts with a refresher in spelling, punctuation and paragraphing. It then covers 3 topics:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Talking

The course covers vocational uses of English and does not include the study of literature.

Normally students will work through SCQF Level 4 first and then progress on to SCQF Level 5.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You will join a class at college or at your local learning centre and learn through lecturer input, group discussions and practical exercises. You will be expected to do some study at home each week.

Assessment is a combination of observation and learner produced evidence.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Part-time course available at Shetland UHI and selected learning centres. 1.5 hours per week for one year.

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus
    • Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick

Start date

Flexible start dates from September.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may be eligible for an Individual Learning Account or to have their course fees waived.

For more information see the funding page. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic: You could progress to further study on a range of National Certificate programmes and SVQs. You may choose to progress to Alternative to Higher English.

Employment/Career: Communication at SCQF Level 5 is a required qualification for some jobs.

Former students have: Been successful in getting employment and moving onto other college courses.

Is there more information available online?

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“I have always been embarrassed by my English because my spelling was so poor. This course really helped improve my skills and boost my confidence.”

“This course is a great way for folk to get an up-to-date qualification in English. It can be very helpful for getting jobs and progressing to further study.”
Andrew Anderson, Senior Lecturer

Please email or call 01595 771000 to request a booking form

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Shetland. UHI Shetland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.