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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


Gaelic and Communication is a one year full-time course designed for fluent speakers and advanced learners who aim to improve their fluency and accuracy in written and spoken language skills.  Students on Gàidhlig agus Conaltradh also get the chance of a three week work placement within a Gaelic setting as part of the Greis-gnìomhachais module.

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.

Course Content

The course is made up of six modules. Each student completes five compulsory modules: Oral Skills,  Writing Skills, Gaelic Publishing and Broadcasting, Work Experience,  and The Gaelic World 1.  Students choose an optional module from the following:  Computing, Music Performance, Gaelic Story and Song, Gaelic in the media, Media Studies 1, Literature:  Critical Skills, Gaelic in the community.

Entry Requirements


For direct entry onto the Cert HE Gaelic and Communication you will need:

  • 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.

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.

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