SCQF Level 6
Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

Course Overview

Gaelic Pre Higher is designed for those who have an existing knowledge of the Gaelic language and want to develop their skillset in the subject. All material is online with an emphasis on increasing your grammar and language skills. Each online pack contains written exercises which you will send in along with some spoken work. On successful completion of this course you will be prepared to progress to the Gaelic (Learners) Higher course. These courses are challenging and require 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. 


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


Course Fees: £300 (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. 


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
  • Gaelic (Learners) Higher taught at Edinburgh College 
Career Opportunities
  • Gaelic (Learners) Higher taught at Edinburgh CollGaelic-related job opportunities especially in public sector organisations ege 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • Day class – 4 hours per week across 2 days 
  • Evening class – 3 hours per week across 1 evening 
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

Open Learning

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Open Learning

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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