Gaelic Scotland BA (Hons)

UCAS code Q538
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What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Gaelic Scotland has been designed for those with an interest in Gaelic language and Culture.You will develop a good understanding of Gaelic issues and acquire skills relevant for employment in a wide range of sectors.

As well as the language strands, you will study elements of Gaelic history and literature, and examine issues related to the development of the Gaelic language and culture.

There is no requirement for Gaelic language skills on entry; the course caters for and will strengthen all levels of linguistic capability. You will have the opportunity to learn the language or develop your language skills depending on your starting point. The Gaelic Scotland degree is about Gaelic, taught in English, with Gaelic language modules suitable for all levels of ability.

Special features

  • You will have the opportunity to learn about Gaelic language and culture, as well as developing your language skills
  • No Gaelic skills are required at enrolment, these will be developed as part of the course
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social  Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7, which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two

Access routes

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP):

  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Gaelic story and song
  • The Gaelic world 1
  • Introduction to Gaelic prose

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Scotland's music
  • Historic landscapes
  • Scottish history 1603 to the 20th century

Depending on the language strand being followed, you will also take the following modules:

  • Beginners: Gaelic for Learners 1A and Gaelic for Learners 1B
  • Learners and improvers:  Cùrsa Adhartais modules 5 and 6
  • Advanced and fluent speakers: Gàidhlig a h-Aon and Cultar nan Gàidheal

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Introduction to Gaelic poetry
  • The Gaelic world 2
  • Folklore 

Depending on the language strand being followed, you will also take the following modules:

  • Beginners: Gaelic for Learners 2A and Gaelic for Learners 2B and choose one option module from the list below
  • Learners and improvers and advanced and fluent speakers: you will study Gàidhlig 2 plus the two modules listed below

Option modules may include:

  • Golden mead and burning hearts
  • Languages on the edge
  • Land and people: the Scottish Highlands 1800 - 2000
  • Social history of the Highlands and Islands

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Scotland in film
  • Traditional culture
  • Nationalism and national identity
  • Research skills

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Developing communities in the 21st century
  • Gàidhlig 2
  • Gàidhlig 3
  • Gaelic women’s poetry 1644-1746
  • Language policy and planning 1

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Traditional culture in the 21st century
  • Language policy in the workplace

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Gàidhlig 3
  • Translation skills
  • Language policy and planning 2
  • Vikings and Norse archaeology in the North Atlantic

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years 
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years 

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2017-182018-19
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level2017-182018-19
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free* free*

*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2017-18) and £1,500 (2018-19).

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.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2017-18 2018-19
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,500 £11,100
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,250 £5,550
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,750 £1,850

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Gaelic Scotland you might like to consider careers in:

  • Tourism
  • Community development
  • Teaching
  • Research

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