Gaelic Scotland BA (Hons)

UCAS code Q538
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

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

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • These qualifications should normally be achieved in one sitting. 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 Sciences plus 3 additional SQA credits, adding up to 120 points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

  • 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

Language options may include:

  • 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 na Gàidheal

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

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

Option modules may include:

  • Social history
  • Medieval history of the Highlands and Islands
  • Language, culture and identity

Language options may include:

  • Beginners: Gaelic for Learners 2A and Gaelic for Learners 2B
  • Improvers and fluent speakers: Gàidhlig 2

Year 3 - BA

Modules may include:

  • Scotland in film
  • Nationalism and national identity
  • Traditional culture
  • Research skills
  • Developing communities in the 21st century

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Gàidhlig 2
  • Gàidhlig 3
  • Gaelic women’s poetry 1644-1746
  • Language policy and planning

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Modules may include:

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

You will also choose one option module 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 

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
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £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:

Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours 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)

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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680

***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 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

Is there more information available online?

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

Apply for Gaelic Scotland BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 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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