Communication 4 and Literature 1

This Communication 4 and Literature course at Glasgow Clyde College is very popular with graduates who have completed their degree, but require NQ Communication/Literature 1 (standard alternative to Higher English 'C' grade) prior to entering university, particularly teacher training or nursing degrees.   

As this course is delivered on a part-time basis, it's more suitable for those who already have good communications skills and require the units as part of an advanced course of study.  

How to apply: Please read Admissions section at the bottom of the page

Course content

This course consists of two units: 

This unit consists of four outcomes:

  • reading (two newspaper articles with questions)
  • writing (two exercises, possible essay and project)
  • listening (two exercises based on demanding documentaries)
  • talking (a formal presentation and group discussions or interview)

This unit focuses on reading literature and how to respond critically to reading. It involves reading, analysing and evaluating a variety of complex literary texts from different genres which will develop a high level of analytical reading skill. 

You will be required to write two literature essays on the following texts:

  • two pieces of poetry by Carol Anne Duffy: Havisham and Valentine
  • the short story A Time to Dance by Bernard MacLaverty.

Certified work from previous courses (for example, talks assessed by university tutors) may exempt you from particular outcomes of the course. 


You will complete most of the coursework at your own pace and in your own time and some outcomes will be carried out under controlled conditions in the College. 

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Certified work from previous courses (for example, talks assessed by a university tutor) may exempt you fro particular outcomes in the Communication unit. Your tutor will advise. 


This course is eligible for Individual Learning Account (ILA) funding. If you are using an ILA to fund/part fund this course, please call 0141 272 0616 to enrol.

Course Dates

Evening class start dates (6pm to 9pm):-
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 (16 weeks) 


You will be required to attend the College throughout this 16 week Flexible Learning course. 

Individual 20 minute meetings will be scheduled, as required.


Please read our Entry Requirements section below.

If you meet the entry requirements, please send us proof of your English qualifications. You may wish to enclose any other qualifications that you feel will support your application.

All qualifications should be sent to:

*** Applicants will be notified via email of the outcome within 4 weeks of applying ***

Entry requirements (minimum)

You should have achieved a minimum of Intermediate 2 English A or B or equivalent. As the course requires considerable work at home, it is not suitable for students requiring help with literacy skills.

If you are applying for teacher training courses, it is essential that you contact your chosen university to ensure they accept Communication 4 and Literature 1 as an alternative to Higher English.  


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