An Cùrsa Adhartais (English) CertHE

UCAS 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 b considered on an individual basis
  • Note: 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 modules 7- 8 (to be completed consecutively)

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for many years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered this year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course and will be able to meet your fellow students, lecturers and personal academic tutor through video conferencing.
  •  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 UHI

Start date

  • August


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Part-time (structured) (4 x 15 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 15 credit module) £161 £161

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

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:

Part-time (structured) (4 x 15 credit modules) per year £3,360 £3,457
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 15 credit module) £840 £864

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:

Part-time (structured) (4 x 15 credit modules) per year £3,510 £3,615
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 15 credit module) £877 £904



External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI for more information.

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 the following courses:

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.