An Cùrsa Comais (English) CertHE

UCAS code Q532
Information line 01463 279190

What is special about this course?

An Cùrsa Comais is an intensive and interactive Gaelic language course for intermediate-level learners aiming for fluency in the language. The major focus is on language skills, both speaking and writing, but other subjects are introduced as the course progresses.

You will get the opportunity to take a three-week work placement in a Gaelic environment and apply your newly acquired theory skills.

Special features

  • Intensive Gaelic immersion course with particular emphasis on oral and written skills
  • You will study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye, or Lews Castle College UHI on the Isle of Lewis, both located at the heart of vibrant, Gaelic-speaking communities
  • You will undertake a three-week work placement in a Gaelic environment

Accommodation

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
  • Applicant with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • This is a Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional module/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage

Access routes

Year 1 - CertHE

Modalan Riatanach:

  • Comas Conaltraidh A
  • Comas Conaltraidh B
  • Cànan Foirmeil is Dreuchdail
  • Saoghal na Gàidhlig 1
  • Greis Gnìomhachais
     

Modalan Roghainneil:

  • Na meadhanan 1*
  • Cànan sa Choimhearsnachd
  • Litreachas: Sgilean Sgrùdaidh
  • Coimpiutaireachd 1
  • Annas-làimhe is Òrain Ghàidhlig 1*
  • Teòiridh, Cruthachadh is Cothromachadh 1*

*Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI only

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, from September 2020, your course will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and teaching will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full time

You will study this course via face-to-face lectures and tutorials at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye, or Lews Castle College UHI on the Isle of Lewis, both located at the heart of vibrant, Gaelic-speaking communities


How long will my course last?


Full time: 1 year


Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI

Start date

September

Fees

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:

CertHE2010-212021-22
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,285 £1,285

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:

CertHE2020-212021-22
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £6,720 £6,915

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

CertHE2020-212021-22
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £7.020 £7,230

 

Funding

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 the An Cùrsa Comais course you might like to consider pursuing a career in Gaelic teaching or in the Gaelic media.

Can I progress into further study?

Once you’ve completed your studies, you can progress on to a variety of other Gaelic-related courses, including:

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