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BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development

Award: BA, BA (Hons)
Study Mode: Full-time, On Campus
Duration: 3 Years for BA, 4 years for BA Hons
Code: Q505
Course Contact: Eilidh Grant


This degree will give you work skills that are highly sought-after in Scotland, giving you the best chance in a growing jobs market for Gaelic language policy expertise and community/networks development.  Drawing on international comparisons, the course looks at how Gaelic and its communities/networks can be strenghened.  In the Honours year, you can study for one semester at a university in Canada or Ireland.

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
  • The Gaelic World 2
  • Gaelic: Past and Present
  • Social History of the Highlands & Islands
  • Development Issues in the Highlands and other
    remote areas

Year 3
SCQF Level 9

    Core Modules

    Optional Modules


  • Gaelic Language 3
  • Research Skills
  • Language Policy and Planning 1
  • Nationalism and National Identity
  • Developing Communities in the 21st century
  • Language awareness
  • Globalisation and Remote Communities
  • Developing Gaelic Communities: Practical Skills

Year 4
SCQF Level 10

    Core Modules

    Optional Modules


  • Dissertation
  • Language Policy in the Workplace
  • Language Policy and Planning 2
  • Migration
  • Sustainable Development
  • Translation Skills


Entry Requirements

  • 3 SQA Higher passes at grades B, B and 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

There are a growing number of jobs in Scotland where Gaelic is necessary or an advantage, both in the public and private sector. The skills you'€™ll learn while you'€™re at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig mean you'€™ll be ideally placed to take advantage of the many new job opportunities appearing in the Gaelic world today - in the media, education, public services, culture and heritage, the arts, translation, Gaelic development and community groups.

As a student of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig you will get the chance to go on work placement during your first year of study which will greatly help your all-round language skills as well as develop your practical and work skills.

We aim to match students to relevant, suitable placement, in rural areas where the language is strong, as well as in more urban settings where Gaelic has a major presence such as Glasgow, the base for organisations such as the BBC, and Edinburgh, home of the Scottish Parliament.

Information on current vacancies and further career opportunities and placement schemes for Gaelic students can be found on the Comann na Gàidhlig website

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 international 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