Secondary Teaching (Gaelic Medium) PGDE

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What is special about this course?

This course will prepare you for life as a secondary teacher in Gaelic Medium Education (GME), with the skills and knowledge, to influence the lives of the young people you teach.

The PGDE (Secondary) consists of 18 weeks study at the university (based at Lews Castle College, Stornoway and at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway), plus 19 weeks in professional practice in schools. 

You must be a fluent Gaelic speaker, your language proficiency will be assessed through interview. On this pathway parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic, all written assessments will be done in Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in a GME setting, plus one placement in an English speaking classroom.

Further information about studying on our PGDE programmes.

Special features

  • Opportunity to undertake secondary teacher training in GME within the Western Isles
  • Input from experienced teachers within the Nicolson Institute throughout the programme
  • Opportunity to enhance your understanding of Gaelic culture and to develop language competence
  • The course will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high quality learning for the young people you teach

Entry requirements

  • A relevant degree at undergraduate level or above, preference will be given to those possessing a degree at Honours level, though consideration will also be given to those holding ordinary degrees, plus
  • Higher Grade English at Grade C or above
  • National 5 Mathematics (or equivalent)
  • Please note: There are subject specific entry guidelines for secondary teaching stipulated by GTC Scotland. These are available from the GTC Scotland website: Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland, 2013
  • Relevant experience already gained and given expression in the applicant's accompanying personal statement will be taken into consideration.
  • You must be a fluent Gaelic speaker and able to read and write in Gaelic
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course


Taught modules:

  • The Critical and Enquiring Professional Teacher
  • Children, Young People and their Curriculum
  • Children, Young People and their Learning
  • Professional Practice

Plus professional practice in the Nicolson Institute, other secondary schools in the Western Isles and other GME settings

How will I study my course?

Full Time

  • For the taught element of the course, you will study through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • The professional practice will take place in schools

How long will my course last?

Full Time: 1 year (August to June)

Where can I study my course?

Start date


How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to our PGDE for 2016-17:

Scottish and EU Rest of UK
PGDE £1,820 £8,000

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. Students who are resident and studying in Scotland can apply for their fees to be paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). SAAS will determine eligibility.

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?

Graduates will hold provisional registration as a secondary teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland). This qualifies students to apply for the GTC Scotland  induction year, which can allow teachers to qualify for full registration.

Can I progress into further study?

Graduates can progress to the UHI MEd Critical Enquiry or other UK Masters programmes

Is there more information available online?

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

Apply for Secondary Teaching (Gaelic Medium) PGDE

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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