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Course summary

Our MA (Hons) in Primary Education with Gaelic aims to support you to become a Gaelic-medium educator who will develop the professional values of:

  • trust
  • respect
  • integrity
  • a commitment to the principles of social justice
The programme has been developed to help meet the national shortage of Gaelic teachers and to enhance the professional capacity of future teachers. On this degree, you will benefit from an immersion experience at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture. Learning and practice This programme is based in the Moray House School of Education and Sport and will give you the opportunity to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of:
  • learning
  • children as individual learners
  • the pedagogies associated with the primary curriculum
Through extended and sustained professional practice in Gaelic-medium and English-medium primary schools you will develop:
  • professional expertise
  • knowledge of the curriculum in action
  • critical understanding of the complexities of school and community
Graduates of the programme are able to teach in Gaelic-medium or English-medium primary education. Celtic and Scottish Studies The programme also provides you with the opportunity to study courses in Celtic and Scottish Studies in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC). You will acquire spoken and written skills in Scottish Gaelic and deepen your understanding of the language's history, linguistic structure and rich literary heritage. You will benefit from internationally-renowned expertise in LLC, which takes in different areas, periods and disciplines of Celtic studies including:
  • theoretical and practical issues of current sociolinguistics
  • language policy
  • language revitalisation
Why Edinburgh? The city of Edinburgh has a long-established Gaelic community and a lively contemporary cultural scene. For example, there are:
  • conversation groups for practicing Gaelic socially
  • fèisean for performers
  • an annual festival, Seachdain na Gàidhlig
LLC is also a founding member of Soillse, the National Research Network for the Maintenance and Revitalisation of Gaelic Language and Culture. Through the Gaelic Algorithmic Research Group (GARG), LLC is leading an international team researching modern technologies for Gaelic, including the development of the world's first working Automatic Speech Recognition system for the language. In addition, LLC has a Traditional Artist and Gaelic Writer-in-Residence, a composer/musician and a writer who work with staff and students on a range of projects and performances. Mental health and wellbeing partnership Student teachers at the University of Edinburgh can also engage with our mental health and wellbeing programme. This is provided through our unique partnership with children's mental health charity Place2Be and helps you to support mental wellbeing in your classrooms and in yourself.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Primary

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

It is important that applicants for teacher education degrees show commitment, motivation and suitability for their degree and the profession. This can be demonstrated in your personal statement by reflecting on relevant work experience, and explaining your understanding of the teacher's role. For more guidance please see the school website: Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

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Additional entry requirements

Health checks

There is fitness to practise guidance for people who wish to become teachers, we strongly advise you to make yourself aware of this before you apply. Please consult the Higher Educational Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) website for fitness to practise guidelines for this degree.


Admission to this degree includes an interview process. Further details on the process will be sent to candidates shortlisted for interview.

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It is important that applicants for teacher education programmes show commitment, motivation and suitability for their programme and the profession. This can be demonstrated in your personal statement by reflecting on relevant work experience, and explaining your understanding of the teacher's role. For more guidance please see the University website.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)92Total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English AdvancedTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Cambridge English ProficiencyTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Trinity ISEISE II with distinctions in all four components.
PTE Academic62Total 62 with at least 54 in each component.

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies. For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scotland Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. Full time international and EU students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme. The amount for 2024 entry will be confirmed in Summer 2023.
Primary Education with Gaelic (Learners) at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS