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Course Overview

The course consists of continued study of the Old Gaelic language, and is an exciting option for students who are interested in exploring further the history of modern Scottish Gaelic, and/or curious about Celtic grammatical structures. We will read more complex texts in the original language. Any previous language study will be an advantage. Old Gaelic is the earliest form of a Celtic language which we can reconstruct with some certainty. It holds the key to the earliest vernacular literature north of the Alps, and is the earliest attested form of both Irish and Scottish Gaelic.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Aideen O'Leary

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Course Description

The course consists of continued study of Old Gaelic grammar accompanied by the translation and grammatical interpretation of selected passages in Old Gaelic.

Further Information & Notes

This course requires successful completion of CE3063.
This course may not be taken as part of a graduating curriculum with its counterpart in the other Honours year.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment: Language Exercises (40%) and 1 two-hour written examination (60%).

See Gaelic Handbook for detailed explanation.
Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback is provided to students in response to their regular translation tasks in class. Written feedback is given for their continuous assessment and examination.

Course Learning Outcomes


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