University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Gaelic Medium Education

The programme aims to enhance and extend professional practice in the teaching of subject/stage through the medium of Gaelic; to provide knowledge and understanding of the range of theoretical (including historical) perspectives (interpretive, social, creative) relating to immersion and bilingual teaching and the promotion of Gaelic medium education; to familiarise students with the support structures available in Gaelic education e.g. CLAS; Stòrlann; to provide the advanced knowledge, understanding and skills required to deliver subject/stage in Gaelic medium; to provide a critical appreciation of how the key concepts of language understanding and development are integrated into subject/stage teaching and how they impact on each other; to give participants opportunities to understand and review critically pedagogies used to deliver their stage/subject through Gaelic medium; to examine theories of learning in the context of Gaelic medium and to engage the participants in an interrogation of how the Gaelic language is used in the classroom to teach the subject/stage and how children use the Gaelic language; to examine policy initiatives and their relationship with Gaelic medium education e.g. curriculum for excellence, citizenship, etc; to develop the relevant Gaelic language skills so that participants are able through their subject/stage teaching.

Entry requirements

This programme is relevant to secondary subject specialists or primary teachers who have achieved the Standard for Full Registration (SFR) and who have an advanced level of Gaelic fluency/literacy sufficient to deliver in Gaelic medium, and a commitment to convert to Gaelic medium if possible.

Course modules

Course 1: language development in Gaelic medium. Teaching Formative assessment of language development and linguistic skills (listening, talking, reading, writing) oral presentation to parents on benefits of bilingualism and Gaelic Medium Education; portfolio of lesson plans with associated assessment instruments and resources relevant to teaching, organisation and management of the Gaelic medium classroom. 1 chosen lesson delivered to peer participants, course tutors and mentors during final face-to-face contact session. Course 2: critical reflection in Gaelic medium.

Assessment methods

Formative assessment of components of the professional portfolio e.g. learning journals; self evaluation against the benchmarks of the SFR; reflective journal etc.
reflective writing task with supporting portfolio of evidence. Summative assessment of portfolio of evidence related to the SFR within the context of Gaelic medium teaching - 2000-4000 words. Reflective Report analysing aspects of learning in relation to the SFR with specific reference to the activities within the portfolio (approx 4000 words).

Sponsorship information

There are various sources of funding to support you during your period of study. We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available to our students, and external sources of funding available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 290 per Credit (EU) 12 months
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 290 per Credit (England) 12 months
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 840 per Credit (International) 12 months
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 290 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 12 months
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 290 per Credit (Scotland) 12 months
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 290 per Credit (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

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Key information

Team Secretary School of Education
Telephone number: 
01224 274673