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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 delivered through the medium of Scottish Gaelic and has a focus on immersion and bilingual teaching practices in schools. The Programme 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. You may study both language and education components in an immersion situation and the programme is designed for either Secondary Teaching (Gaelic as a subject) or Gaelic-medium and bilingual Primary Teaching and includes 18 weeks of school experience in Years 3 and 4.

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.


Year 1
SCQF Level 7

Year 1 of the GRSS is a language foundation year and, depending on your linguistic ability
on entry you can either study An Cùrsa Comais or Gaelic and Communication. An Cùrsa Adhartais
is offered as a parttime, distance learning equivalent of An Cùrsa Comais.



Year 2
SCQF Level 8




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

Year 3
SCQF Level 9




  • Gaelic Language 3
  • Research Skills
  • Children and their Learning
  • Professional Practice 1 (8 weeks)

Year 4
SCQF Level 10




  • Degree Dissertation
  • The Critical and Enquiring Professional
  • Professional Practice 2 (10 weeks)
  • Optional Module


Entry Requirements

Entry to Years 1 and 2 of the GRSS, normally requires students to have 3 SQA Higher grade passes of which 3 must be at Higher Grade at grade B,B and C or above, including Gàidhlig (Fluent speakers) or Gaelic (Learners) at B or above.

To progress to Years 3 and 4 of the BA (Hons) in Gaelic and Education, for both Secondary and Primary, the following is required:

  • 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.
  • You will also need a satisfactory interview in accordance with standard procedures for admission to the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education and a satisfactory completion of Disclosure Scotland procedures.

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.

 Contact details:

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

Tel: 01471 888304