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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 degree looks at Gaelic society and its origins, whilst ensuring you achieve a high standard of fluency in the language.  In year four, you will have the opportunity of an exchange with Irish or Canadian universities, allowing you to explore the wider international context to which Gaelic Scotland belongs.  The skills you acquire on the course will make you ideally placed to take advantage of the many new job opportunities appearing in the Gaelic world today.


Course Content


Year 1
SCQF Level 7

      For the structure at level SCQF 7, see An Cùrsa Comais, An Cùrsa Adhartais
and Gaelic & Communication.



Year 2
SCQF Level 8

     Core Modules

     Optional Modules


  • Gaelic Language 2
  • Language, Culture and Ethnicity
  • Folklore
  • The Short Story
  • Onomastics
  • Poetry since 1900
  • Gaelic Scholars and Voyagers



Year 3
SCQF Level 9

    Core Modules

    Optional Modules


  • Gaelic Language 3
  • Research Skills
  • Traditional Culture
  • Poetry 1600 - 1900
  • Irish Language
  • Gaelic Prose
  • Creative writing
  • History and Development of the Gaelic Language

Year 4
SCQF Level 10

    Core Modules

    Optional Modules


  • Dissertation
  • The Aos Dàna
  • Traditional Culture in the 21st Century
  • Celtic Belief Systems
  • Gaelic Dialects
  • Translation Skills


Entry Requirements

  • 3 SQA Higher passes at grades B, B & C 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



Progression Routes


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