Gaelic and Communication CertHE

UCAS code QP59

What is special about this course?

This course for proficient Gaelic speakers allows you to study Gaelic to an expert level in a fully Gaelic-speaking environment. This intestive course prepars students for university-level Gaelic-medium education and for progression to the second year of UHI's Gaelic-medium BA and BA(hons) degrees.

Students will study Gaelic literature, Gaelic development, creative writing (short story and song), and public speaking, as well as gaining a thorough understanding of the Gaelic language.

 At the end of this course, students will be able to speak, read and write Gaelic with complete confidence, allowing them to fully take part in all aspects of Gaelic life in Scotland.

Special features

  • Highly interactive and participative Gaelic language course
  • Study Gaelic to an expert level in a lively environment
  • Learn to read and write confidently in Gaelic
  • You will undertake a three-week work placement in a Gaelic environment
  • 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


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
  • Applications 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

Required modules:

  • Gàidhlig 1
  • Cultar nan Gàdheal
  • Saoghal na Gàidhlig 1
  • Litreachas: Sgilean Sgrùdaidh
  • Greis Ghnìomhachais

Elective modules: 

  • Annas-làimhe agus Òrain Ghàdhlig 1
  • Teòiridh, Cruthachadh agus Cothromachadh 1
  • Na Meadhanan Gàidhlig
  • Sgeulachdan is Ôrain Ghàidhligh
  • Coimpiutaireachd airson na Gàidhligh
  • Foillseachadh is Craoladh sa Ghàidhlig

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
  • Part-time (structured) (Lews Castle College UHI only)
  • You will study by way of face-to-face teaching in the classroom at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye, or Lews Castle College on the Isle of Lewis, both at the heart of Gaelic-speaking communities

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time: 2 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
  • Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI - Full-time study option only

Start date

  • September


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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year for two years £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

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:

Full-time (120 credits) per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £3,360 £3,457
Part-time (per 20 credit module) £1,120 £1,153

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

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:

Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per 20 credit module) £1,170 £1,205

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


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 completed your CertHE Gaelic and Communication you might like to think about careers in:

  • Gaelic teaching
  • Gaelic media 
  • Traditional music 
  • Language and community development

Can I progress into further study?

The CertHE Gaelic and Communication allows progression to the following courses:

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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.