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Cert HE An Cùrsa Comais

Award: CertHE
Study Mode: Full-time, On Campus
Duration: 1 Year
Code: Q532
Course Contact: Eilidh Grant


An Cùrsa Comais is a highly participative and interactive grammar-based course in which tutors use communicative methodologies to draw out speech in group- and pairwork activities. It is designed for intermediate level learners whose aim is fluency in the language. The major focus is therefore on language skills, both speaking and writing, but other subjects will be introduced as the course progresses.


Course Content

The course is made up of six modules. Each student follows five compulsory modules including communication skills, formal and professional language and The Gaelic World . Students choose another optional module which can include computing, music performance, Gaelic in the media and Gaelic in the community. Students will undertake three weeks of work-placement on the Workplace Experience module. The placement module is a core module on this course and a PVG will be required should the student choose to undertake their placement at a school or other childcare establishment.


Year  1
SCQF Level 7



  • Communication A
  • Formal and Professional Language
  • The Gaelic World 1
  • Communication B
  • Workplace Experience
  • Language in the Community
  • The Gaelic Media
  • Music Performance and Gaelic Song 1
  • Computing for Gaelic
  • Literature: Critical Skills
  • Theory, Arrangement & Composition 1


Entry Requirements


For direct entry to the Cert HE An Cùrsa Comais:

  • 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

Places will be offered following an interview with the Course Leader to assess fluency 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 degrees.


Fees and Funding

For course costs please follow this link



Progression Routes

If students successfully complete the Cert HE Cùrsa Comais they have the opportunity to progress to the second year of the degree programme.


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