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BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education

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


The BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education is a new Gaelic-medium teacher education programme, delivered within the UHI Gaelic and Related Studies Scheme (GRSS). The Programme, to be offered from September 2017, can be studied either through distance learning or through on-site delivery.

The BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education has a focus on immersion and bilingual teaching practices in schools and provides you with the opportunity to gain an honours award and teaching qualification in four years. This allows you a direct route into teacher education, in a field where there is a skills shortage. The programme is designed for either Secondary Teaching (Gaelic as a subject) or Gaelic-medium Primary Teaching and includes 18 weeks of school experience.  



Course Content

Students undertake Years 1 and 2 of the Gaelic and Related Studies Scheme and, thereafter for years 3 and 4, a combined programme of education/professional studies and GRSS modules.

Year 1 of the GRSS is primarily a language foundation year and depending on your linguistic ability on entry, you can study either An Cùrsa Comais or Gaelic and Communication on campus or An Cùrsa Adhartais, which is a distance learning course, delivered part-time over two years. 

In Year 2 you will study GRSS core modules in Gaelic language and in Gaelic-related subjects, including a module on Gaelic education.

The education/professional studies modules in Years 3 and 4 include Children and their Learning and The Critical and Enquiring Professional.  The professional practice modules include a total of 18 weeks school experience.



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.

Prior to entry to Year 1, you will be interviewed in order to determine which first year language course best meets your needs, depending on your spoken language abilities.

The BA (Hons) in Gaelic and Education also requires students to have the following:

  • Higher English at Grade C or above, or equivalent, and Maths is required at National 5 or Standard Grade Credit level or National Course award Intermediate 2 at Grade C or above.

Towards the end of Year 2, you will also need a satisfactory interview in accordance with standard procedures for admission to Teacher Education courses and a satisfactory completion of Disclosure Scotland procedures.



Fees and Funding

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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.

 Contact details:

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

Tel: 01471 888304