Gaelic and Development BA (Hons)

UCAS code Q505
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

If you are passionate about the Gaelic language and its future development within the community then this internationally-acclaimed BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development course is for you.

With specialists in the Gaelic language very much in demand throughout Scotland, this broad-ranging degree will give you an excellent grounding in minority language planning and will give you the practical knowledge and work skills to explore how it is applied in communities today.

This course aims to provide you with an education and training in Gaelic language and community development. You will compare Gaelic and its communities with minority languages and cultures elsewhere and you will have the opportunity to spend a semester at university in Ireland or Canada.

Special features

  • The course offers the current best practice in language planning and development from Europe
  • There is an international exchange programme with Canada or Ireland in the final year
  • Field trips
  • Three week work placement in year one
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 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

Access routes

Year 1 - CertHE

Choose to study a CertHE in:

Year 2 - DipHE

Subjects include:

  • Gaelic: past and present
  • Development issues in the Highlands and other remote areas
  • The Gaelic world

Year 3 - BA

Subjects include:

  • Language policy and planning
  • Language awareness
  • Globalisation and remote communities
  • Developing communities in the 21st century
  • Developing Gaelic communities: practical skills

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

  • Dissertation
  • Translation skills
  • Language policy
  • Language policy in the workplace
  • Sustainable development
  • Migration
  • Exchange programme in Ireland or Canada
  • Language policy and planning

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn via face-to-face tutorials, lectures and practical language classes at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye, or Lews Castle College UHI on the Isle of Lewis (ordinary BA degree only)
  • Some modules are studied online and by video conference

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 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


How much will my course cost?

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:

Degrees 2016-17 2017-18*
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

*The Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government. The indicative fee level is shown in the table.

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:

Level 2016-17 2017-18
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
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 (2016-17 and 2017-18)

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:

  2016-17 2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000 £10,500
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040 £5,250
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680 £1,750

***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.

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 Gaelic and Development degree, you might like to consider a career in:

  • Teacher training
  • Gaelic development
  • Community development
  • Public administration

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Gaelic and Development BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

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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