Being a Gaelic teacher

As a Gaelic teacher, you’ll be responsible for teaching young people about an important part of Scottish culture. Thousands of children in Scotland are brought up in Gaelic – with the Western Isles being pegged as officially bilingual.

Training options

To teach Gaelic at secondary level, you need to study a four-year combined degree in secondary education with a focus on Gaelic.

Four-year university course in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher Grade) AND
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

PGDE university courses

Here’s a university you can study for a PDGE in Gaelic at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider.

I had considered a career in teaching for quite some time, from my early years at secondary school. As I grew older, I knew I wanted to be in a career where I could inspire people to achieve their potential, but I also wanted to help young people realise the value and worth of speaking Gàidhlig.

Josie Burgess - Gaidhlig teacher at Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu/Glasgow Gaelic School

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