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Cert HE Gaelic and Communication

Award: CertHE
Study Mode: Full-time, On Campus
Duration: 1 year
Code: QP59
Course Contact: Eilidh Grant


Gàidhlig is Conaltradh is a year-long intensive immersion course aimed at students who are reasonably fluent and who want to rapidly improve their Gaelic.

Depending on their level of Gaelic, all of our BA(Honours) degree students will either complete Gàidhlig is Conaltradh or An Cùrsa Comais in their first year.

Students may also take Gaelic is Conaltradh as a one-year, stand-alone immersion course.

On this course, students will take advantage of our unique Gaelic-immersion community at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig to make rapid progress in their Gaelic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Students are expected to come prepared to use Gaelic at all times and in all situations on campus at the College.


Course Content

This is a challenging, intensive, university-level Gaelic course. Students spend up to 20 hours a week in classes. In the course of the year, students read and discuss Gaelic novels, short stories, poetry, and academic articles, prepare and deliver presentations in Gaelic, participate in seminar discussions on Gaelic literature and culture, organize Gaelic development projects in the College community, write academic essays, short stories and songs in Gaelic, as well as live their day-to-day lives in the language.


Year  1
SCQF Level 7



  • Gaelic 1
  • Culture of the Gael
  • The Gaelic World 1
  • Gaelic Literature: Critical Skills
  • Workplace Experience
  • Music Performance and Gaelic Song 1
  • Theory, Arrangement & Composition 1
  • The Gaelic Media
  • Stories and Gaelic Song
  • Computing for Gaelic
  • Gaelic Publishing and Broadcasting




Dr Timothy Currie Armstrong (course leader)

Tim Armstrong is a Gaelic researcher, author and musician. He is one of a small number of scholars who has authored a doctoral thesis in the Gaelic language. He has performed as singer and song-writer in the Gaelic rock bands, Mill a h-Uile Rud and Na Gathan, and his Gaelic science fiction novel, Air Cuan Dubh Drilseach, won Scottish First Novel of the Year in 2014.


John Urquhart

John is a Harrisman and Gaelic was, and always will be, his first language. As a schoolboy he wrote Gaelic stories which he then recited at Mòd competitions. John graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1988. After that he spent five years as a full-time presenter on both radio and TV. In the 1990s John wrote Gaelic lyrics for rock songs for the bands ‘101’ and ‘Mise Mise’. John graduated from Aberdeen University in 1996 and from then until 2014 he served as a Church of Scotland Minister. He began teaching at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in 2005. He also translated many English works into Gaelic. John’s first collection of short-stories ‘Breab Breab Breab’ was published in 2017.


Gavin Parsons

Gavin has a great interest in the history of the Highlands, particularly in land use and in boat design.  He has written an M Phil thesis comparing crofting with small-scale farming in Norway.  He is a crofter himself and tends to spend most of the summer securing hay for his cattle.  If time permits, he could also be out paddling a kayak, or walking in the hills.


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;

  • 2 A Levels at grades BC or above;

  • other equivalent qualifications subject to the discretion of the Course/Programme Leader.

Places will be offered following an interview with the Course Leader.

Students without an SQA pass in Gaelic must satisfy the college of their ability in Gaelic.


Fees and Funding

For course costs please follow this link


Progression Routes

If students successfully complete the Cert HE Gaelic and Communication they have the oportunity 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