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BA (Hons) Gaelic Language and Culture

Award: BA, BA (Hons)
Study Mode: Full-time, On Campus
Duration: 3 Years for BA, 4 Years for BA Hons
Code: Q530
Course Contact: Eilidh Grant


This Gaelic-medium degree examines Gaelic society and its origins while helping you achieve a very high standard of fluency. You will study the arts, contemporary and traditional literature, minority language issues and oral tradition, and explore the relationship of Gaelic to other languages, including Irish Gaelic.

In the final Honours year an exchange programme with Irish and Canadian universities allows you to explore the wider international context to which Gaelic Scotland belongs.

Course Content

You will be expected to have a basic knowledge of Gaelic when joining the course and, depending on your ability, will either study on the intensive Gaelic course, An Cùrsa Comais, or Gàidhlig is Conaltradh in your first year.

The second year covers Gaelic language, poetry since 1900, folklore and the modern short story. The third year includes European philosophy, prose, Irish language and traditional culture.

To complete the fourth year you will undertake a dissertation as well as modules such as Gaelic dialects, Celtic belief systems and the Aos Dana.

Entry Requirements

  • 3 SQA Higher passes at grades BBC or above, preferably including Gàidhlig (fluent speakers) or Gaelic (learners) at B or above; or
  • 2 A Levels at grades BC or above
  • other equivalent qualifications subject to the discretion of the Course/Programme Leader.

Students without an SQA pass in Gaelic must satisfy the college of their ability in Gaelic

For applicants with little or no previous knowledge of Gaelic, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig offers An Cùrsa Inntrigidh, a distance learning course which aims to prepare students for entry to year one of the degree programme.

Fees and Funding

For course costs please follow this link


How to Apply

If you are a school leaver or are applying to multiple universities, then you must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This is the central admissions service for all universities and colleges of higher education in the UK.

If you are not a school leaver and are only applying to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, you can contact the Registry & Admissions Office or download, complete and return the UHI application form

For those applying from overseas, UCAS forms will be available from the British Council. All prospective international students can also downlaod, complete and return the UHI Internatopnal Students application form.


Contact details:

Registry & Admissions Office
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Isle of Skye
IV44 8RQ

Tel: 01471 888304


Useful information for applying through UCAS:

Institution Name: HIP
Code: H49
Campus: K