SCQF Level 6
Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

Course Overview

Higher Gaelic is designed to deepen your previous knowledge of the subject and create a better understanding of the language. You will learn to use new grammar and develop a wider range of vocabulary through a variety of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. You will have the rewarding opportunity to work on poetry and short stories and, upon completion, be well prepared to progress on to courses at the Skye Campus (Sabhal Mor Ostaig) of the University of the Highlands and Islands. This course will enhance your employment prospects and give you access to a whole range of Gaelic related job opportunities; particualrly in public sector organisations. This course requires the ability to study independently. 


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. 


You will attend either day or evening-classes. Day-classes will be taught at Edinburgh College’s Sighthill campus twice a week for two-hours. Evening classes can be held at Edinburgh College or at an outreach location within the community once a week for three-hours.  


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


Course Fees: £300 (approx.) per subject. Fees will be confirmed when the application has been processed. 

What You Will Learn
  • Language Study
  • Reading and Writing
  • Focus Listening and Speaking
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 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
  • Speaking exam (with the lecturer) and final written exam (at College, Sighthill campus)
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be assessed through the Higher SQA exam. 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Progression to courses at the Skye Campus (Sabhal Mor Ostaig) of the University of the Highlands and Islands 
Career Opportunities
  • Gaelic-related job opportunities especially in public sector organisations 
Number Of Days Per Week


  • This course runs for a total of 36 weeks and takes place on one evening every week (day to be confirmed, as it is decided to suit as many people as possible), location to be confirmed
Course Cost And Funding Options
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 30/08/2021
End Date


This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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Applying for Higher and National 5s

Online applications for Advanced Higher/Higher/National 5 courses can be made via enrolment events. All applicants who meet the entry requirements following exam results will be guaranteed a place. 

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