This Course is valid from August 2014.
The Higher ESOL Course develops the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, in order to understand and use English for learners whose first language is not English. As learners develop their language skills, they will be able to process information more easily, apply knowledge of language in practical and relevant contexts, and gain confidence to undertake new and more challenging tasks in a variety of situations.
Updates and announcements
Revised Higher ESOL Unit Specifications
The words ‘clearly expressed' have been removed from Assessment Standard 3.2 in the Unit Specifications for the Higher ESOL Units (ESOL for Everyday Life; ESOL in Study-related Contexts; ESOL in Work-related Contexts). This change brings the Unit Specifications into line with the ESOL Unit assessment support packs.
Understanding Standards Events Materials
Following any Understanding Standards Events for new National Qualifications, workshop materials and presentations will be made available to subject specialists. These can be accessed using the link below.
Qualification content and delivery tools
The documents on this page are for teachers and lecturers.
Learners studying this qualification may also find the documents useful.
The 'Related information' panel on this page contains information that applies to all new National Qualifications in this subject.
This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.
- Higher ESOL Course Specification
- Comparative document Higher ESOL Course Specification
The comparative document above clearly illustrates the additional information provided in the updated Course Specification compared with the version published in April 2012.
Course Assessment Specification
This explains the structure of the Course assessment; including the type and method of assessment. It also includes information on Course coverage.
- Higher ESOL Course Assessment Specification
- Comparative document Higher ESOL Course Assessment Specification
The comparative document above clearly illustrates the additional information provided in the updated Course Assessment Specification (following development of the Specimen Question Paper and Coursework) compared with the version published in April 2012.
These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.
Advice and guidance
Course and Unit Support Notes
These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.
Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Specimen Question Paper and Marking Instructions
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit. These also include marking instructions.
- Higher ESOL Listening Specimen Question Paper
- Higher ESOL Reading and Writing Specimen Question Paper
- Higher ESOL: Listening (Recording) Specimen Question Paper
- Guidance on the use of past paper questions for Higher ESOL
- Higher ESOL Reading and WritingExemplar Question Paper
- Higher ESOL Listening Exemplar Question Paper
General assessment information provides instructions for the conduct of coursework, an overview of the assessment task, evidence to be gathered and general marking instructions.
Coursework assessment tasks provide the live assessment task, including marking instructions and instructions for candidates. Teachers/lecturers can access these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.
Unit Assessment Support
These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.