Gaelic and Communication CertHE

UCAS code QP59
Information line 0845 272 3600*

What is special about this course?

A course for advanced level learners and fluent speakers of Gaelic who wish to improve their level of accuracy in the language.

You will be introduced to traditional culture, history, literature and media as part of the course.

Special features

  • Highly interactive and participative Gaelic language course
  • You will undertake a three week work placement in a Gaelic environment
  • You will study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on Skye or Lews Castle College UHI on the Isle of Lewis, at the heart of a vibrant Gaelic-speaking community


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

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above,preferably including Gaelic (learners) or Gàidhlig (fluent speakers) at grade B or above Or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC 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

Access routes

An Cùrsa Adhartais

Year 1 - CertHE

Modalan riatanach:

  • Gàidhlig is Conaltradh: - Sgrìobhadh
  • Gàidhlig is Conaltradh: - Còmhradh
  • Bun-fhiosrachadh mu Ghàidhealtachd na h-Alba
  • Sgeulachdan is Òrain
  • Ghàidhlig Litreachas:- Sgilean Sgrùdaidh is Cruthachaidh
  • Greis-Gnìomhachais

Modalan roghainneil:

  • Na Meadhanan 1
  • Cànan sa choimhearsnachd
  • Coimpiutaireachd
  • Annas Laimhe is Òrain Ghàidhlig 1
  • Teoiridh, Cruthachadh is Cothromachadh 1

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured) (Lews Castle College UHI only)

You will study by way of face-to-face teaching in the classroom at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye, or Lews Castle College on the Isle of Lewis; both at the heart of Gaelic-speaking communities.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time: 2 years @ 20 hours per week

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.

Where can I study my course?

Start date



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:

Certificate of Higher Education2017-182018-19
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year for two years £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, the following fees apply:

Certificate of Higher Education2017-182018-19
Full-time (120 credits) per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year for two years £3,300 £3,360
Part-time (per 20 credit module) £1,100 £1,120

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:

Certificate of Higher Education2017-182018-19**
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per 20 credit module)** £1,100 £1,120

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


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 completed your CertHE Gaelic and Communication you might like to think about careers in:

  • Gaelic teaching
  • Gaelic media 

Can I progress into further study?

The CertHE Gaelic and Communication allows progression to the following courses:

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Gaelic and Communication CertHE

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

International applicants should 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.

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