Gaelic Medium Education, PgCert

Gaelic Medium Education, PgCert


This 60-credit programme is run in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and is fully-funded by the Scottish Government. It is delivered over an academic year via blended learning, with three face-to-face inputs, telephone tutorials and online support and delivery. Attendance at the face-to-face sessions is mandatory, and there is an ‘attendance’ requirement for telephone tutorials and on-line activity.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
9 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
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The programme covers a range of theoretical, historical and policy perspectives – interpretive, social, creative – relating to immersion and bilingual teaching and the promotion of Gaelic Medium Education.

It develops participants’ personal Gaelic language skills, competence and confidence in classroom practice and critical reflection in the Gaelic medium context.

Please note that this programme is delivered entirely through the medium of Gaelic.

What You'll Study

Degree Content

Compulsory Courses

Professional Language Development with Theoretical Principles (ED50G6)

30 Credit Points

This course aims to:

  • enhance and extend professional practice in the teaching of subject/stage through the medium of Gaelic
  • familiarise students with the support structures available in Gaelic education
  • provide the advanced knowledge, understanding and skills required to deliver subject/stage in Gaelic medium
  • develop the relevant Gaelic language skills so that participants are able to teach through the medium of Gaelic and respond to the needs of the pupils they teach
  • provide knowledge and understanding of the range of theoretical perspectives relating to immersion and bilingual teaching and the promotion of Gaelic Medium Education
Professional Language Development with Principles and Theory (ED55G7)

30 Credit Points

This course aims to:

  • provide a critical appreciation of how the key concepts of language understanding and development are integrated into subject/stage teaching and how they impact on each other
  • give participants opportunities to understand and review critically pedagogies used to deliver their stage/subject through Gaelic medium
  • examine theories of learning in the context of Gaelic medium and to engage the participants in an interrogation of how the Gaelic language is used in the classroom to teach the subject/stage and how children use the Gaelic language
  • examine policy initiatives and their relationship with Gaelic Medium education

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £2,190
Tuition Fees for 2022/23 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 30 credits.
Home / RUK £750
Tuition Fees for 2022/23 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 30 credits.

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

The Streap programme is fully funded by the Scottish Government. All approved costs are met from the programme budget, including University fees, accommodation and travel expenses for face-to-face sessions, and supply cover for the students’ schools. (Receipts will be required for expenditure incurred by students, including fuel receipts).

The James Carnegie maintenance scholarship for postgraduate students is available with this degree.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Why Study Gaelic Medium Education?

  • The programme allows you to explore Gaelic to enable the teaching of the language.
  • You are able to use context of the language to develop your students language skills.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

This programme is relevant to secondary and primary or nursery teachers who have achieved the Standard for Full Registration (SFR) and who have an advanced level of Gaelic fluency/literacy sufficient to deliver in Gaelic medium, and a commitment to convert to Gaelic medium if possible.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference x 2
two reference letters, one of which should be from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employers, or other professional individuals


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Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

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