Taught course

Secondary (Gaelic Medium)

University of the Highlands and Islands · Arts, Humanities and Business

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a relevant degree at undergraduate level; preference will be given to those possessing a degree at honours level, though consideration will also be given to those holding ordinary degrees.

In addition to the above, applicants must hold:


  • Scottish Higher level grade C or above, OR
  • A level at grade D, OR
  • GCSE English Language (C) and English Literature (C) or equivalent, PLUS

Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics:

  • National 5 at grade C or above, OR
  • SQA Intermediate 2 or Standard grade Credit OR
  • GCSE Mathematics (Grade C or above) or equivalent

You must be a fluent Gaelic speaker and able to read and write in Gaelic

Months of entry


Course content

The course is offered in partnership with Argyll and Bute, Comhairle na Eilean Siar, Highland Council and Perth and Kinross Council, each working with the university through their local campus. The PGDE (Secondary) consists of 18 weeks' study at the university plus 18 weeks in professional practice in schools. You must be a fluent Gaelic speaker prior to the start of the course and your language proficiency will be assessed at interview. On this course you will complete the majority of your school practice in a Gaelic medium education (GME) setting, subject to Local Authority availability.

The subjects listed below can be studied at the following campuses: UHI Argyll (Oban); UHI Inverness; UHI North, West and Hebrides (Fort William and Stornoway); UHI Perth; or Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (Isle of Skye):

  • Art and Design*
  • Biology and Science
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry and Science
  • Computing Science
  • English
  • Gaelic
  • History*
  • Home Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Music*
  • Physics and Science
  • Religious Education*
  • Technological Education

The course is sometimes available at Lochgilphead (through UHI Argyll) and at Benbecula (through UHI North, West and Hebrides). This decision is made annually and is dependent on the number of applicants in those areas.

*Not available in Perth

Special features

  • Opportunity to undertake secondary education programme in a Gaelic medium setting
  • We actively encourage applications for dual registration for two secondary subjects from the above list
  • Linked Local Authorities offer the majority of our graduates an induction year within their schools, following successful completion of the course

Fees and funding

For information, please view our Fees/Funding tab: PGDE Secondary (Gaelic Medium) (uhi.ac.uk)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

01463 279190