An Cùrsa Adhartais (English) CertHE

Course code Q501

What is special about this course?

The An Cùrsa Adhartais Certificate offers you the opportunity to develop your confidence in all aspects of communication skills in Gaelic. It will provide you with a solid foundation for further study through the medium of Gaelic and improve your prospects in securing employment in the Gaelic sector.

The course is delivered by online distance learning and is equivalent to the first year of the Gaelic and Related Studies degree course.  The course covers the language points contained within An Cùrsa Comais and uses the same teaching and learning methodologies as An Cùrsa Inntrigidh.

Special features

  • This course incorporates innovative language learning methods
  • It will help prime you for good career opportunities within the Gaelic sector
  • Opportunity to attend an optional Weekend School to meet and speak Gaelic with your fellow students
  • You will study online part time, which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade C or above
  • These should preferably include Gaelic at grade B or above
  • You will be required to attend an interview to assess your Gaelic language skills
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Please note: 

  • This course does not accept applications for deferred entry; if you wish to take a year out, for example, you must apply next year
  • As this course is part-time online, it is not open to international students wishing to come to the UK to study who require a Student Route visa

Access routes

  • An Cùrsa Inntrigidh

Year 1 - CertHE

  • Language modules 1 – 6
  • Subject module 7

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study this course online via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from tutors at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI 
  • This method of study will be supplemented with audio conference lectures and tutorials

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Start date

  • August


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
CertHE 2023-24 2024-25
Part-time (structured) (4 x 15 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 15 credit module) £161 £161

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

CertHE 2023-24 2024-25
Part-time (structured) (4 x 15 credit modules) per year £3,555 £3,555
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 15 credit module) £889 £889

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 while studying.

International students

This course is not available for international students, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK, requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK

CertHE 2023-24 2024-25
Part-time (structured) (4 x 15 credit modules) per year £3,990 £4,389
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 15 credit module) £998 £1097


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed the An Cùrsa Adhartais Certificate, you might like to consider pursuing a career in:

  • Gaelic development
  • Gaelic administrative work
  • Gaelic degree work

Can I progress into further study?

The CertHE An Cùrsa Adhartais allows progression to  courses such as our DipHE Gaelic and Related Studies.

Is there more information available online?

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I studied Gaelic all though high school, and even after doing my undergraduate in Outdoor Education, I really wanted to learn Gaelic properly, and so I came to UHI. Everyone knows each other and are so friendly and supportive. The opportunities I’ve had from being here, you couldn’t get them anywhere else. The lecturers are great, they are so supportive, they will take the time to speak to you about anything, there’s a lot of Gaelic spoken even outside of class, which is wonderful for learning.   

I’ve played bagpipes processions and in town halls while being here, I’ve also played rugby in the new Skye rugby club. I’m staying in student accommodation here, the views are next to none, the accommodation has been really nice.    

Martin studied Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a partner of UHI. 

Apply for An Cùrsa Adhartais (English) CertHE

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024

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