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PDA Gaelic Translation

AWARD: Professional Development Award
STUDY MODE: Distance Learning,Part-time
COURSE LEADER: Dr Iain MacPherson
COURSE CONTACT: Eilidh Grant ( )


PDA Gaelic Translation

Laura MacLennan talking to Donald Morrison on Aithris na Maidne about her experience of the course.


The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Gaelic Translation at SCQF level 11 is an SQA qualification covering specialist skills in translation and developing performance as a professional translator. This qualification has been developed in partnership with further and higher education institutions, employers and industry. On successful completion of the PDA Gaelic Translation, learners may wish to seek professional recognition with a translating and interpreting professional registration body.


Who does this qualification suit?

The PDA Gaelic Translation is intended for those already working as translators who wish to further develop their knowledge, skills and practice. It is also suitable for those with a high level of language competence in both Gaelic and English who wish to undertake the process necessary to become a competent translator working to professional standards. The main areas of work covered include public body Gaelic plans, translation work in the media sector, broadcasting, and publishing. The qualification covers:

  • translating texts from English into Gaelic and Gaelic into English
  • evaluating own performance as a translator working to professional standards
  • planning and implementing continuing professional development


Group award code: GN67 (24 SCQF credit points) The PDA Gaelic Translation at SCQF level 11 consists of two mandatory units.

HW02 38 Translate Texts from English into Gaelic and Gaelic into English 1. Prepare to translate 2. Translate texts from one language into another 3. Manage translation tasks
HW01 38 Develop Own Performance as a Professional Translator 1. Evaluate own performance as a translator working to professional standards 2. Plan and implement own continuing professional development


The units in the PDA Gaelic Translation have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for Translation, units PTra3 and PTra4. Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to professional registration.


Access to the PDA Gaelic Translation is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners would benefit from having attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following, or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

  • Degree in the relevant source language(s) and/or fluency or near fluency/operational proficiency in the source and target language;
  • Sgilean Eadar-theangachaidh (Translation Skills) SCQF level 10*;
  • Sgilean Deasachaidh (Editing Skills) SCQF level 11*.

*Sabhal Mòr Ostaig qualifications – non-SQA

All prospective learners should be required to complete an application in Gaelic, outlining their qualifications and relevant experience.

How to Apply

To submit an application, please visit the UHI website here.

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