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Gaelic Summer School

AWARD: Sabhal Mòr Ostaig certificate
STUDY MODE: On-campus
DURATION: 7 weeks
COURSE LEADER: Dr Timothy Currie Armstrong
COURSE CONTACT: Eilidh Grant ( )


Are you interested in Gaelic, but didn’t get the opportunity to study it at school? Would you like to earn a degree in Gaelic, or make a career change?

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Gaelic Summer School is a fully funded seven-week intensive course  aimed at complete beginners that leads to a place on our popular one-year Gaelic immersion course: CertHE An Cùrsa Comais.

From there, you can continue on to do a DipHE Gaelic and Related Studies, a BA (Hons) Gaelic and Traditional Music, a BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education, or a BA (Hons) Gaelic with Development. After An Cùrsa Comais, students can also apply to the DipHE Gaelic Media course or the PGDE Gaelic Education if they already hold a suitable degree and meet entry requirements.

You can also graduate from CertHE An Cùrsa Comais as a standalone one-year route to fluency.


In this intensive seven-week summer school, you will spend up to 30 hours a week, from 08 July 2024, studying all aspects of the language, preparing you to join CertHE An Cùrsa Comais and our degree pathways from September 2024.

Course participants will have the opportunity to take part in a lively programme of summer language and cultural activities at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s campus in the Isle of Skye.

The course will cover:

  • Gaelic pronunciation;
  • speaking;
  • reading;
  • writing;
  • Gaelic in Scotland today.

Sgoil Shamhraidh


Applicants must have, or be working toward:

  • 3 SQA Higher passes at grades BBC or above; or
  • other equivalent qualifications subject to the discretion of the Programme Leader.

An SQA Higher pass in a modern language other than Gaelic is desirable, but not required.

Applicants will be interviewed (in English) prior to acceptance on the course, and again at the end of the course (in Gaelic) prior to continuing with CertHE An Cùrsa Comais.

Those who wish to continue their studies on the BA (Hons) Gaelic and Traditional Music degree are also required to audition with the head of the music programme.

Those who wish to continue their studies on the BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education degree are also required to attend an interview with the head of the education programme.


On successful completion of the course, you will receive a Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Certificate of Completion before advancing to CertHE An Cùrsa Comais.


This course is fully funded for 12 successful applicants. Course fees, room and board for the full seven weeks are covered as part of the course.

How to apply

This course is only open to those ordinarily resident in the UK.

If you are interested in the Gaelic Summer School, please complete and submit the form by clicking here.

Applicants will also need a provisional acceptance to CertHE An Cùrsa Comais before commencing with the Gaelic Summer School. Please contact if you have any questions.


Alumni of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, go on to exciting careers in teaching, music, broadcasting, Gaelic and community development, research, public policy, arts and literature, and much more. The Gaelic Summer School is your first step to a successful career in Gaelic.

Joy Dunlop


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