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DipHE Gaelic and Related Studies

AWARD: Diploma of Higher Education
STUDY MODE: Distance Learning,Part-time
COURSE LEADER: Prof. Meg Bateman
COURSE CONTACT: Eilidh Grant ( )


The DipHE Gaelic and Related Studies is at level SCQF 8 and equates to Year 2 of the BA degree course at the college. Students can choose to study modules from the ‘Gaelic Language and Culture’ degree programme or the ‘Gaelic and Development’ degree programme.


Students are required to undertake six modules at level 2 of the DipHE Gaelic and Related Studies, made up of compulsory modules (i.e. those which are part of the scheme requirements and are common across the degree programmes), and also modules which are specific to each programme. One of the six modules is an optional module, i.e. a module which can be chosen from within your chosen degree programme or from another degree programme in the Gaelic and Related Studies scheme or, with the Programme Leader’s permission, a module from another degree within UHI, as long as the module can be delivered by distance learning. (Please note that modules from other degree programmes outwith the Gaelic and Related Studies scheme will be delivered in English). To gain a Diploma of Higher Education students must successfully complete the two modules in the scheme requirements, three modules from either the Gaelic Language and Culture programme or the Gaelic and Development programme and one optional module. Learning materials for these distance learning modules are available on Brightspace, UHI’s virtual learning environment. Students will be given access to Brightspace after registration. Usually there are two online classes per week for each module. Students will receive a list of classes, assessments and learning materials at the start of each semester.

Scheme Requirements Programme Requirements Optional Module
  • Gaelic 2
  • Language, Culture and Ethnicity
3 modules from: Gaelic and Development programme OR Gaelic Language and Culture programme
  • Genealogy
  • Democracy in Scotland
  • Gaelic Education in Scotland

or another distance-learning module at level SCQF 7,8 no 9

Two modules  Three modules One module

Programme Modules

Gaelic and Development Language and Culture
  • Social History of the Highlands & Islands
  • Development Issues in the Highlands and other remote areas
  • Gaelic: Past and Present
  • ‘The Gaelic World’  2
  • Gaelic Folklore
  • The Modern Short Story
  • Gaelic Poetry since 1900
  • Gaelic Scholars and Voyagers
  • Scottish Onomastics


If students are successful in achieving a Diploma of Higher Education, they will have the opportunity to do a degree by distance-learning or at the College in Gaelic and Development or Gaelic Language and Culture.


To successfully complete Level 1 of the Gaelic and Related Studies scheme and progress to Level 2, students must meet one of the following requirements:

a. An Cùrsa Adhartais students must get at least 50% in assessments for language modules CA5–CA6
b. An Cùrsa Comais students must get at least 50% in assessments for the language modules ‘Communication B’ and ‘Formal and Professional Language’
c. Gaelic and Communication students get at least 50% in the Gaelic and Communication language modules, namely ‘Conversation’ and ‘Gaelic and Communication: Written’
d. Other students may gain access to the course at the College’s discretion if it is judged that they have the appropriate skills for entry to the DipHE Gaelic and Related Studies course and that their Gaelic ability is at the prerequisite level.

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