Taught course

Secondary Teaching (Gaelic Medium)

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

Entry requirements

A relevant degree at undergraduate level or above, preference will be given to those possessing a degree at Honours level, though consideration will also be given to those holding ordinary degrees, plus

Higher Grade English at Grade C or above

National 5 Mathematics (or equivalent)

Please note: There are subject specific entry guidelines for secondary teaching stipulated by GTC Scotland. These are available from the GTC Scotland website: Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland, 2013

Relevant experience already gained and given expression in the applicant's accompanying personal statement will be taken into consideration.

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

Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course

Months of entry


Course content

What is special about this course?

This course will prepare you for life as a secondary teacher in Gaelic Medium Education (GME), with the skills and knowledge, to influence the lives of the young people you teach.

The PGDE (Secondary) consists of 18 weeks study at the university (based at Lews Castle College, Stornoway and at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway), plus 19 weeks in professional practice in schools.

You must be a fluent Gaelic speaker, your language proficiency will be assessed through interview. On this pathway parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic, all written assessments will be done in Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in a GME setting, plus one placement in an English speaking classroom.

Further information about studying on our PGDE programmes.

Special features

  • Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
  • Opportunity to undertake secondary teacher training in GME within the Western Isles
  • Input from experienced teachers within the Nicolson Institute throughout the programme
  • Opportunity to enhance your understanding of Gaelic culture and to develop language competence
  • The course will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high quality learning for the young people you teach



Taught modules:

  • The Critical and Enquiring Professional Teacher
  • Children, Young People and their Curriculum
  • Children, Young People and their Learning
  • Professional Practice

Plus professional practice in the Nicolson Institute, other secondary schools in the Western Isles and other GME settings


This course is available at Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.

If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.

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Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18: Scottish (inc EU) £1820, Rest of UK £8000.

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Information line
0845 2723600