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Gaelic with Immersion Cert

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This Certificate of Higher Education allows you to develop advanced Gaelic language skills, as well as acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of Scottish Gaelic language, culture, and literature through advanced level Gaelic language immersion. This programme is ideal for adult learners and education professionals who want to develop their fluency in Gaelic.

  • Cert: 8 months full-time

Why this course


Elements of this programme will be delivered with key partners to provide you with the opportunity to engage with a range of Gaelic speakers and to experience Gaelic-speaking communities and environments. Our partners include:

  • Gaelic Books Council who will facilitate a weekly book club and variety of events with well-known authors.
  • Ceòlas who will facilitate a required 3-week residential experience in one of Scotland’s strongest Gaelic-speaking communities, South Uist.

Course structure


This one-year programme consists of three courses:

  • Leughadh is Sgrìobhadh (Reading and Writing)
  • Èisteachd is Labhairt (Listening and Speaking)
  • Coimhearsnachd (Community).

The final course, Coimhearsnachd (Community), is a 3-week residential experience in South Uist, a strongly Gaelic-speaking area of the Western Isles.

Course alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all courses as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a course. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects


Developments in support of Gaelic since the Scottish Parliament’s Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act (2005), mean that Gaelic is a language with expanding career opportunities. Studying Gaelic at university opens doors to a diverse range of work in which Gaelic is essential. Over the last few years, our graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers in the media, publishing, primary and secondary teaching, academia, librarianship and law. Others find careers in the civil service, and in language planning and development with local authorities and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Fees & funding


How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Entry requirements


For entry in 2022

Proficiency in Scottish Gaelic equivalent to Gaelic at B1 level on Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

For a definition of the CEFR B1 Level, please refer to both:

For example, CEFR B1 level is equivalent to attainment of Higher Gaelic (Learners) (SCQF Level 5). You are not required to have obtained this formal qualification to gain entry to the programme. Applicants will be assessed on their Gaelic ability at interview.

How to apply


Application deadline has been extended to 27 June 2022. Applicants will then be invited to participate in an online interview to assess oral abilities in July 2022. Places on the course will be confirmed in July 2022.

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