Gaelic and Education BA (Hons)

Course code XQ10

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education* is a four-year, Gaelic-medium undergraduate teacher education programme.

The programme is designed for either Gaelic-medium primary teaching or secondary teaching (Gaelic as a subject) and includes 25 weeks of school experience: three weeks in year one of the programme, four weeks in year 2, eight weeks in year three and ten weeks in year four.

Successful completion of this award will give you a direct route into Gaelic/Gaelic-medium teaching.

*subject to re-accreditation

Special features

  • The programme is delivered and assessed through the medium of Scottish Gaelic 
  • You will have an opportunity to gain an Honours award and teaching qualification in four years 
  • The programme is open to both fluent speakers and learners of Scottish Gaelic 
  • You will gain fluency in Scottish Gaelic by the end of the first year, with continuing language enhancement throughout the programme 
  • The programme will provide you with specialist skills and immersion and bilingual teaching and learning pedagogies 
  • The programme will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high-quality learning for the children you teach 

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, preferably including Higher Gàidhlig (fluent speakers) or Gaelic (learners) at grade B or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • Prior to the commencement of the course, you will be required to attend an interview in accordance with guidelines for admission to Initial Teacher Education in Scotland. Gaelic language skills will also be assessed at interview stage in order to place you on the appropriate first year course as a fluent speaker or learner

Please note:

For primary and secondary teaching in Scotland, you will be required to have the following qualifications by the end of year 2 of the programme:

  • Higher (or A level) English at grade C or above
  • Mathematics at National 5, Standard Grade Credit, Intermediate 2 or GCSE at grade C

Access routes

For applicants with little or no previous knowledge of Gaelic, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig offers An Cùrsa Inntrigidh, a distance learning course which aims to prepare you for entry to year one of the degree programme.

Year 1 - CertHE

The first year of the programme is primarily a language foundation year, during which you will build on language skills and, depending on linguistic ability on entry, will study either: 

As part of your chosen CertHE course, you will undertake a professional practice module (Preparing to teach 1) which will comprise a series of professional practice seminars and a three-week school placement.

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules include:

  • Gaelic language 2
  • Language, culture and ethnicity

You will also choose three options from a range of Gaelic and related studies modules including literature, oral tradition, and social history. 

You will also undertake two education modules in Year 2:  

  • Gaelic education in Scotland
  • Professional practice module (Preparing to teach 2), which will comprise a series of professional practice seminars and a four week school placement.

Year 3 - BA

Core modules include:

  • Children and their learning
  • Professional practice 1 (8 weeks)
  • Gaelic language 3
  • Research skills

You will be able to choose other modules from a range of Gaelic and related studies modules. 

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules include:

  • The critical and enquiring professional
  • Professional practice (10 weeks)
  • Undergraduate dissertation

You will also choose another module from a range of Gaelic and related studies modules.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Year one of the programme (An Cùrsa Comais or Gàidhlig is Conaltradh CertHE) is offered full-time through face-to-face lectures on-campus and a three week school placement 
  • Years two to four of the programme are offered full-time through face-to-face on-campus lectures and school placements. Distance learning is also an option in Years 2 to 4 through video conference lectures and online study through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) and school placements. For school placements, distance learning students would require an address within commuting distance of a Gaelic-medium school setting

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years
  • In year 1, school placement is incorporated within the semester 2 timetable
  • In years 2 - 4, the majority of school placements are completed outwith the semester timetable  

Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

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.
Degrees2020-212021-22
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

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:

Full-timeLevel2020-212021-22
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

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 students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £12,360 £9,360 
Year 2 HND £12,360 £9,360 
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

International students

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:

  2020-212021-22
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £12,000 £12,360
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,000 £6,180
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,000 £2,060

Part-time study is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship 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 rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

Students enrolled in Gaelic-medium teaching programmes at undergraduate and post-graduate level can apply to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for some additonal funding.

Additional costs

Travel costs to school placements are reimbursed in accordance with UHI Teacher Education Travel and Subsistence Policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed the BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education you will be eligible for a place on the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme in either:

  • Secondary teaching (Gaelic language)
  • Gaelic medium primary education

International students may gain full registration via the GTCS flexible route.

Can I progress into further study?

Following employment within an education setting and relevant practice experience, you may want to consider the PgCert Streap or MEd Critical Enquiry as part of your continuing professional development.

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