Celtic Studies MA

Gaelic 1 (Intermediate) GAELIC1005

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

A course for those who have some ability and/or qualifications in Gaelic, which will further develop their skills in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. Students are, through the medium of both Gaelic and English, introduced to a range of modern Gaelic poetry and prose, and are encouraged to develop their analytical, study and essay-writing skills; furthermore, students will study the historical development of Gaelic in Scotland and that of the social context of the literature they will study.


Lectures on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, at 1pm over 19 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus; weekly practical class over 20 weeks; time to be arranged. 

1 lecture per week in semester 2 on Friday at 2pm over 9 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

Gaelic 1 Advanced (GAELIC1001); Gaelic 1 Beginners (GAELIC1003)




One 1200 word essay - 15%

One 500 word Literary review in Gaelic - 10%  

15 Language practice exercises submitted throughout the year - 15%

class test (50 minutes) - 5%

Oral examination (10 minutes) -15%

Exam (2 hour duration) -40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

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 and oral competence in class conversation are not available for reassessment

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ build on and develop existing Gaelic language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking);

■ introduce students to a range of poetry and prose;

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

■ adopt an integrated approach to language practice and oral classes which will reinforce vocabulary and grammar;

■ 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 with increased fluency in Gaelic on a range of topics;

■ translate a range of texts from English to Gaelic with a reasonable degree of accuracy;

■ translate and discuss aspects of a range of seen Gaelic poetry and prose;

■ translate an unseen Gaelic passage of average difficulty into English;

■ explain some of the developments in Gaelic literature up to the twentieth century;

■ 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.