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CPD Community Development

AWARD: Continued Professional Development
STUDY MODE: Distance Learning
COURSE LEADER: Distance Learning Team
COURSE CONTACT: CPD Community Development ( )


The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) award in Community Development has been designed to meet the specific development and training needs of Gaelic organisations and public authorities working in communities to maintain and regenerate the Gaelic language.

It will be of particular benefit to Gaelic development officers, language planning officers, community and economic development co-ordinators and Gaelic education professionals.

Students will follow a course of self-study supported by telephone tutorials and access to online learning resources.  Students will be expected to participate in seminar-style group discussions looking at the latest research and international examples of best practice.

The award may be studied part-time and through distance learning.  Each module is usually completed over one semester with two telephone tutorials per week.




The CPD in Community Development consists of two modules:

• Gaelic: Past and Present (20 credits)
• Developing Gaelic Communities: Practical Skills (20 credits)

The aims of the CPD award programme are:
• to provide students with access to teaching, learning and research of the highest standards in language and community development, with a focus on Scottish Gaelic;
• to develop the skills to plan for language and community development by discussing European and other policies and requiring students to draw together theoretical knowledge with practical steps in community and language revitalisation;
• to enable students to enhance employability and professional skills in the field of Gaelic language and community development, or in education, or in another similar field.

The modules comprising the CPD awards are at SCQF levels 8 and 9. See for further information about SCQF levels.

Please see the module descriptor for each module below:-

Gaelic: Past & Present

Developing Gaelic Communities: Practical Skills

Student support in Gaelic is available to all students undertaking the CPD through the medium of Gaelic.


Depending on previous qualifications and experience, students may wish to undertake further advanced training in a related area. Students may also be interested in benefitting from the language learning opportunities available through the Gaelic & Related Studies Scheme or through other language provision at the College.


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