Community Development CPD Award

Course code Q537

What is special about this course?

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) award in Community Development has been designed to meet the specific development and training needs of Gaelic organisations and public authorities working in communities to maintain and regenerate the Gaelic language.

You will look at community development for all settings, rural and urban, that are sensitive to the requirements of Gaelic language development. You will develop skills to plan for language and community development, drawing together theoretical knowledge with practical steps in community and language revitalisation.

Special features

  • You will gain access to teaching, learning and research of the highest standard in language and community development, with a focus on Scottish Gaelic, enhancing your employability and professional skills
  • You will follow a course of self-study supported by telephone tutorials and access to online learning resources
  • Content will be of particular benefit to Gaelic development officers, language planning officers, community and economic development co-ordinators and Gaelic education professionals
  • The CPD Award can also be studied in Gaelic, see: Duais LDL ann an Leasachadh Coimhearsnachd

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications and/or work experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • All applicants will be interviewed, usually by telephone

CPD Award

  • Gaelic: Past & Present Developing
  • Gaelic Communities: Practical Skills

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will follow this course through self-directed study, supported by telephone tutorials and access to online learning resources
  • All course material is usually available at the beginning of the semester, along with assessment submission dates, allowing you to fit your reading and assessment preparation in at a time during the semester that suits you
  • There are often weekly tasks to be completed but these can usually be done at a time of your own choosing during that week. In some modules, you may have to work with others in a group, in these instances students can arrange times that are most convenient to all

How long will my course last?

  • Each module is usually completed over one semester, with two telephone tutorials per week

Where can I study my course?

  • North, West and Hebrides

Start date

  • September
  • January


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?

The CPD award will enhance your employment opportunities in various sectors for example:

  • Community Development Agencies
  • Public Bodies

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress to other awards or degree programmes within the Gaelic and Related studies scheme or other UHI awards.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Community Development CPD Award

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

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.