SCQF Level 6
Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

Course Overview
If you have an existing knowledge of the Gaelic language and would like to learn more then this course is ideal for you. All material is online with an emphasis on increasing your grammar and language skills. Each pack contains written exercises to send in with some spoken work. There is no formal assessment at the end of the course. On successful completion of this course, you'll be prepared to progress to the Gaelic (Learners) Higher course.

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
  • Gaelic Grammar and Language Skills
  • Reading and Writing
  • Speaking and Listening
Entry Requirements

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
  • No formal assessment
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Progress to the Gaelic (Learners) Higher
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Progress to the Gaelic (Learners) Higher
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
  • Distance Learning
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date(s)

Open Learning

This course will start week commencing...
  • 26/08/2019
End Date(s)

Open Learning

This course will end on...
  • 12/06/2020
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Higher and National 5 Timetable
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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