SCQF Level 5
Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

Course Overview
If you are a native speaker or a fluent Gaelic learner this course is designed to develop your skills in Gaelic. As it is created for native speakers it uses only Gaelic and will increase your range and understanding of vocabulary. You will explore Gaelic literature through reading and writing short stories and poetry. This course will enhance your fluency in Gaidhlig and allow you to discover the pleasure of studying another language. During the course you will develop skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking. Grammar aspects will be studied within topical contexts such as culture and current affairs, and classroom interaction in the language will be encouraged during the course.
What You Will Learn
  • You will be assessed through the National 5 SQA exam. 
Entry Requirements
  • Higher or Advanced Higher (Learners) Gaelic or equivalent 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
The assessment has three parts - a written project on a subject of your choice: a short speaking assessment and in May a listening reading and writing paper: all without the use of a dictionary
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Preparation for Higher Gaidhlig  
Career Opportunities
  • Gaidhlig-related job opportunities especially in public sector organisations 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 1 evening per week (Wednesday 6-8.30pm)  
Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £273 Open Learning evening (year 1)
Student Stories
Rory Whyte is 29 years old and lives in Dundee. Rory decided to come to Edinburgh College as it was the closest college to him that offered the Highers he needs to go to university. After a successful year, Rory was awarded the Student of the Year Travel, Tourism & Modern Languages Award at this year’s Prize Giving ceremony. We caught up with him and asked about his experience at Edinburgh College. 

“I feel honoured. I’ve worked extremely hard this year and it means a lot that the college has taken notice. Nowhere in Dundee offered Higher Spanish outside of High School, and I needed an A at Higher for my university application. I did look at other options but, ultimately, I was attracted by Edinburgh’s reputation and facilities. 

Thanks to the kind recommendation on the part of my Spanish tutor at the College, I’ve been lucky enough to receive a conditional offer to study Interpreting with French and Spanish at Heriot-Watt University. Languages have become my passion, and interpreting has been my goal since returning to education.” 

Read more of our student stories here. 
Start Date and Time


This course will start on…
  • Monday 31/08/2020
End Date


This course will end on...
  • Friday 18/06/2021
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