Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Gaelic 1 Advanced (Half Course) GAELIC1002

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is for fluent speakers, taught through the medium of Gaelic, which develops their existing reading, writing, comprehension and oral skills. Students will be introduced to a range of modern prose, 18th - 20th century poetry, and will study the historical development of Gaelic in Scotland and the social context of the literature studied in class.


3 Lectures per week at 11.00am over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus; weekly practical class over 10 weeks; time to be arranged.

Requirements of Entry

Fluency in Gaelic with good comprehension ability in the language.

Excluded Courses

Gaelic 1 Beginners (GAELIC1003); Gaelic Intermediate  (GAELIC1005)




■ Essay in Gaelic (1,500 words) - 20%

■ Five Language practice exercises submitted on a weekly basis - 25%

■ One class test (50 minutes) - 35%

■ One (10 minute) oral examination - 20%

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Language practice exercises are not available for reassessment

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ broaden and deepen the four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in Gaelic;

■ introduce a range of Gaelic prose and poetry;

■ develop an understanding of the historical and social context of the literature studied;

■ provide a linguistic description of aspects of the language;

■ encourage the development of appropriate study skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ converse and write accurately in Gaelic on a range of prepared and unprepared topics

■ translate a passage of moderate difficulty from English into Gaelic

■ translate a range of seen and unseen poetry and prose texts from Gaelic into English

■ discuss aspects of the themes and styles of a range of poetry and prose

■ explain some of the developments in Gaelic literature between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries

■ outline the sociolinguistic setting of modern Gaelic

■ select and use appropriate reference works.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.