SCQF Level 6
Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

Course Overview
Higher Gaelic offers you the opportunity to gain fluency and use a wider range of the Gaelic language. You will cover three units: Language Study, Reading and Writing, Focus Listening and Speaking.

You will learn to use new grammar and develop a wider range of vocabulary. In addition, there will be a variety of listening speaking reading and writing activities which will be internally assessed. You`ll have the rewarding opportunity to work on poetry and short stories. Upon completion, you`ll be well prepared to progress to courses at the Skye Campus (Sabhal Mor Ostaig) of the University of the Highlands and Islands as well as enhancing your employment prospects now able to access a whole range of Gaelic related job opportunities, especially in public sector organisations.

Please note that this course is delivered in partnership with Edinburgh City Council at St Thomas of Aquinas School.

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part-time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects.


For classes taking place during the day you come to college twice a week for a two-hour class. For evening classes you come to college or an outreach location within the community once a week for a 3-hour class.


Course Fees: £268 (approx.) per subject. Fees will be confirmed when the application has been processed.

What You Will Learn
  • Listening reading and writing skills in Gaelic
Entry Requirements
  • Standard Grade at Level 3 or above Intermediate 2 or Pre Higher Gaelic (which is available via Open Learning at Edinburgh College)
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work at an appropriate level by having already achieved a pass at A or B in the level below which they are applying for.


    • National 5 (SCQF 5) subjects - pass at National 4 (with added value unit), Intermediate 1 at A or B, or Standard Grade 3 or 4 in the subject.


    • Higher (SCQF 6) subjects - A or B pass at National 5 or A or B at Intermediate 2 in the subject.


    • Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) subjects - A or B pass at Higher


    • For entry to social science subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History and Politics previous study of the subject is not required. However National 5 English is required plus another social subject at SCQF level 5.


    The above represents the minimum entry requirements.


    These courses are challenging and require the ability to study independently. Applicants should identify clearly the reason for studying their chosen subject in their course application.

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • writing assignment, speaking exam and external exam
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • No interview required
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Progression to courses at the Skye Campus (Sabhal Mor Ostaig) of the University of the Highlands and Islands
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Gaelic-related job opportunities especially in public sector organisations
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
  • 1 evening per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date(s)


This course will start on…
  • 28/08/2019
End Date(s)


This course will end on...
  • 10/06/2020
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Applying for Higher and National 5s

Online applications for Advanced Higher/Higher/National 5 courses will open online on 6 August (SQA Exam Results Day). All applicants who meet the entry requirements following exam results will be guaranteed a place. 

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