Gaelic Language and Culture BA (Hons)
- Become a confident, fluent speaker of Gaelic by immersing yourself in a real Gaelic culture on the Isle of Lewis or the Isle of Skye
- Learn about the cultural evolution of Gaelic
- Successful completion of the course will give you a recognised qualification for entry to teacher training
- You will undertake a three week work placement in year one
- You may choose to take part in an exchange programme to Canada or Ireland in your fourth year
- You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
- 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above, preferably including Gaelic or Gàidhlig OR
- 2 A levels at grade C or above
- You will be required to attend an interview to assess your Gaelic language skills
- Applications are welcomed from candidates with non-standard qualifications
- An Cùrsa Inntrigidh (Access to Gaelic programme) - a distance learning programme, enabling students with no previous knowledge of Gaelic to achieve the entry level
- Applicants who can demonstrate both advanced fluency and excellent written Gaelic may qualify for advanced entry direct to the second year of the programme.
- Gaelic language 2
- Modern Short Story
- Poetry since 1900
- Oral Culture
- Scottish Onomastics
- Scottish Scholars and Voyagers
- Gaelic language 3
- Modern Gaelic Prose Writing
- Irish Language
- Traditional Culture
- Gaelic Poetry 1600-1900
- History of Gaelic Language
- Creative Writing
- European philosophy
- Gaelic dialects
- Translation Skills
- The Aos Dana
- Celtic Belief systems
- Tradition in the 21st Century
- Opportunity to study in Nova Scotia or Ireland
- Full time
- Part time (structured)
- Part time (unstructured)
- You will learn via face-to-face tutorials, lectures and practical language classes.
- Some modules are studied online and by video conference or telephone tutorial.
- Full time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
- Part time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
- Gaelic cultural, development and arts agencies
- Gaelic media
What is special about this course?
If you want to discover more about Gaelic society and its origins whilst gaining a high level of fluency in the Gaelic language, then this lively BA (Hons) Gaelic Language and Culture course is for you.
Themes include the arts, contemporary and traditional literature, minority language issues and oral tradition, and you will also explore the relationship of Gaelic to other languages, including Irish Gaelic.
You’ll be taught in a supportive environment by a dedicated team at Lews Castle College UHI in Lewis, or at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI in the Isle of Skye, who will help you gain confidence in the spoken and written language, offering small classes and individual support where necessary.
Year 1 - CertHE
Year 2 - DipHE
Year 3 - BA
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
How will I study my course?
How long will my course last?
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
How much will my course cost?
For students living in Scotland or the European Union, studying an undergraduate course (degree) the following fees apply for the academic year 2013-14:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
|Part-time (structured) ? (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||
|Part-time (unstructured per module) ? (per 20 credit module)||
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
Rest of UK students
For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, fees for academic year 2013-14:
|Year 1||CertHE||£7,740 p.a.|
|Year 2||DipHE||£7,740 p.a.|
|Year 3||Degree||£7,740 p.a.|
*4th year free only for students who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands
(students not living in the UK or European Union)
What funding can I apply for?
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Gaelic Language and Culture course, you might like to consider careers in:
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BA (Hons) Gaelic Language and Culture to MA Material Culture and the Environment or train for employment in radio/TV/online with the Diploma in Gaelic Media.
Apply for this course
International applicants can apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.
Important note: course structure context is indicative only and does not represent a definitive list, in name or in nature, of modules that will be studied in this course, and may vary depending on location of study. Course structure context is subject to change at any time, without prior notice.