FOI23/24 019 Reading lists for Nat 4, Nat 5 and Higher English

Date published: 23/05/2023

FOI reference: 23/24 019

Date received: 17/05/2023

Date responded: 23/05/2023

Information requested

Research paper on SQA Reading Lists. I would be grateful if you could confirm the list of texts from which students studying for Higher, Nat 5 and Nat 4 English can choose


SQA allows a free choice of texts to be used for the study of literature in the National 4, 5, Higher and Advanced Higher English courses.

For National 5 and Higher English, there is one particular question on Scottish texts, where learners have to choose a text from a published list, this list can be found on our subject page at the following link :

English - Course overview and resources - SQA. 

There is no restriction on selecting texts for the critical essay section of the National 5 and Higher courses.