An Cùrsa Comais (English) CertHE

Course code Q532

What is special about this course?

An Cùrsa Comais is an intensive and interactive Gaelic language course for intermediate-level learners aiming for fluency in the language. The major focus is on language skills, both speaking and writing, but other subjects are introduced as the course progresses.

You will get the opportunity to take a three-week work placement in a Gaelic environment and apply your newly acquired theory skills.

Special features

  • Intensive Gaelic immersion course with particular emphasis on oral and written skills
  • You will study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye, or UHI North, West and Hebrides on the Isle of Lewis, both located at the heart of vibrant, Gaelic-speaking communities
  • You will undertake a three-week work placement in a Gaelic environment


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, preferably including Gaelic (learners) or Gàidhlig (fluent speakers) at grade B or above Or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • You will be required to attend an interview to assess your Gaelic language skills
  • Applicant with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • This is a Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional module/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage
  • Please note: this course does not accept applications for deferred entry; if you wish to take a year out, for example, you must apply next year

Access routes

Year 1 - CertHE

Modalan riatanach:

  • Comas conaltraidh A
  • Comas conaltraidh B
  • Cànan foirmeil is dreuchdail
  • Saoghal na Gàidhlig 1
  • Greis gnìomhachais

Modalan roghainneil:

  • Na meadhanan 1*
  • Cànan sa choimhearsnachd
  • Litreachas: sgilean sgrùdaidh
  • Coimpiutaireachd 1
  • Annas-làimhe is òrain Ghàidhlig 1*
  • Teòiridh, cruthachadh is cothromachadh 1*

*Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI only.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • You will study this course via face-to-face lectures and tutorials at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye, or UHI North, West and Hebrides on the Isle of Lewis, both located at the heart of vibrant, Gaelic-speaking communities

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year

Where can I study my course?

  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Start date

  • September


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed the An Cùrsa Comais course you might like to consider pursuing a career in Gaelic teaching or in the Gaelic media.

Can I progress into further study?

Once you’ve completed your studies, you can progress on to a variety of other Gaelic-related courses, including:

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for An Cùrsa Comais (English) CertHE

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2023

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.