Celtic Studies MA

Gaelic (Intermediate) for Honours Students GAELIC4006

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course further develops skills of students in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of Scottish Gaelic. It is suitable for students who have completed Gaelic 1 (Beginners) or Beginners Gaelic for Honours Students,; or who have a pass in Higher Gaelic. Students will be introduced to a range of modern poetry and prose in Gaelic; and will be encouraged to develop the appropriate analytical, study and essay-writing skills to take them further with the language.


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

Excluded Courses





Essay on Prose (1200 words) in Semester 1 -10%

Essay on Poetry (1200 words) in Semester 2 -10%

15 weekly exercises-15%

10-minute Oral examination -15%

Participation in and Preparation for all classes -5%

Examination (120 minutes duration) -45%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

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

■ introduce students to a wide range of poetry from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries;

■ read and discuss a range of fiction and non-fiction Gaelic texts from the twentieth century;

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

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 topics such as education, health and the media

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

■ translate a range of seen Gaelic poetry and to comment on aspects of theme and style;

■ translate and discuss a range of seen Gaelic prose texts;

■ translate an unseen Gaelic passage of average difficulty

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.