SCQF Level 5
Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

Course Overview

National 5 Gaelic is an evening class designed to teach you fluency in Gaelic. You will be exposed to the subject over a length of time which will lead to a better understanding of a range of languages as many are linked to Gaelic linguistics. You will study topics within the contexts of society, culture, learning and employability. During the course you will develop skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking. Grammar aspects will be studied and classroom interaction in the language will be encouraged. 


This course is delivered on a Monday evening at St Thomas of Aquins High School Chalmers Street in Edinburgh city centre. 


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

What You Will Learn
  • Gaelic Language Study 
  • Reading and Writing 
  • Listening and Speaking 
Entry Requirements
  • Applicants should have studied National 4 Gaelic previously or completed the Gaelic Learners course 
  • Candidates who do not have these qualifications will be assessed for suitability by the tutor 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed through the National 5 SQA exam. 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Higher Gaelic taught at Edinburgh College 
Career Opportunities

With further study you gain employment in the following: 


  • Tourism officer 
  • Teacher 
  • Interpreter 
  • International relations 
  • International business 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 1 evening per week (Monday) at St Thomas of Aquins High School in Edinburgh city centre for one-year. 
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’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

Higher and National 5 Timetable
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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To apply please download an SCP application form and contact your guidance teacher who will support you through your application.

NEW Higher/Nat 5 Applications

This course is not open for applications. If you have the entry requirements now you can apply at one of our enrolment events in June 2021. If you do not yet have the entry requirements and are waiting for your exam results you can apply online after 10 August 2021.

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