Gaelic and Development BA (Hons)
UCAS code Q505
What is special about this course?
If you are passionate about the Gaelic language and its future development within the community, then this internationally-acclaimed BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development course is for you.
With specialists in the Gaelic language very much in demand throughout Scotland, this broad-ranging degree will give you an excellent grounding in minority language planning, as well as the practical knowledge and work skills to explore how it is applied in communities today.
This course aims to provide you with an education and training in Gaelic language and community development. You will compare Gaelic and its communities with minority languages and cultures elsewhere and you will have the opportunity to spend a semester at university in Ireland or Canada.
- The course offers the current best practice in language-planning and development from Europe
- There is an international exchange programme with Canada or Ireland in the final year
- Field trips
- Three-week work placement in year one
- You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- 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
- Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
Year 1 - CertHE
Choose to study a CertHE in:
Year 2 - DipHE
- Gaelic: past and present
- Development issues in the Highlands and other remote areas
- The Gaelic world 2
Year 3 - BA
- Language policy and planning
- Language awareness
- Globalisation and remote communities
- Developing communities in the 21st century
- Developing Gaelic communities: practical skills
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
- Translation skills
- Language policy
- Language policy in the workplace
- Sustainable development
- Exchange programme in Ireland or Canada
- Language policy and planning
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn via face-to-face tutorials, lectures and practical language classes at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye, or Lews Castle College UHI on the Isle of Lewis (ordinary BA degree only)
- Some modules are studied online and by video conference
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
- Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
Where can I study my course?
- Lews Castle College UHI - Years 1, 2 and 3 only
- Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI
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:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
The Scottish/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2020.
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 studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.
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.
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||£11,650||£12,000|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,820||£6,000|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,940||£2,000|
Part-time study is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
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.
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 your Gaelic and Development degree, you might like to consider a career in:
- Teacher training
- Gaelic development
- Community development
- Public administration
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
What our students, graduates and staff say
If it wasn't for this programme, I wouldn’t have learned Gaelic to the level I now have. I've progressed to the PDA Gaelic Media course and work with BBC Alba and Radio nan Gaidheal. I also run a Gaelic news website, Naidheachdan: AAA. Studying here gives you a real advantage as the courses are highly regarded.
Alasdair Laing began his studies on the Gaelic and Development course and has now progressed to the PDA Gaelic Media course at our Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI campus.
If you're really keen to develop your Gaelic and get the best job opportunities, then this university should be seriously considered. I've had a very enjoyable and unique experience here and would recommend it to anyone. Attending a smaller campus has allowed me to work much more closely with staff and students than at a larger university.
Innes McQueen is in his third year of the BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development at our Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI campus on Skye.
I relocated to study here at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. It appealed to me as the campus focus is entirely on Gaelic and I'm interested in the development of minority languages. A primary school placement in my first year gave me the opportunity to develop my language and social skills. I would like to be a Gaelic Development Officer or pursue another career involving Gaelic.
Tabitha Freeburn, third year student, BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI campus.
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