MA Primary Education with Gaelic (Learners)
UCAS code: 3R67
Duration: 5 years
School: Education and Sport, The Moray House School of
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Primary Education with Gaelic (Learners)
The MA (Hons) Primary Education with Gaelic programme aims to support you to become a Gaelic-medium educator who will develop professional values of trust, respect, integrity and 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. Studying on the beginners programme, you will also benefit from an immersion experience at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.
Based in the Moray House School of Education, you will have the opportunity to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of learning, of children as individual learners, and of the pedagogies associated with the primary curriculum.
Through extended and sustained professional practice in Gaelic-medium and English-medium schools, you will develop professional expertise, knowledge of the curriculum in action and a critical understanding of the complexities of school and community.
Additionally, MA (Hons) Primary Education with Gaelic (learners) provides you with the opportunity to study courses in Celtic (School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures) and linguistics (School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences), exposing you to internationally renowned expertise in these subject areas.
Graduates of the programme are able to teach in Gaelic-medium or English-medium primary education.
The MA (Hons) Primary Education with Gaelic (learners) programme is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).
Upon graduation, all UK students are able to register with the GTCS as provisionally qualified teachers and are guaranteed a one-year induction post in a Scottish school.
*(Revised 20 Jan to update information on GTCS registration.)
You will study primary studies, educational studies and Gaelic. Primary education courses include placements in schools.
You will study primary studies, Gaelic and linguistics. Primary education courses include placements in schools.
You will spend a year at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, focusing on developing your Gaelic. You will complete An Cùrsa Comais, an intensive language learning course designed for intermediate level learners whose aim is to become fluent in Gaelic.
You will undertake a year-long school placement in a Gaelic-medium primary school.
You will experience a range of school stages and will work to develop the professional skills and abilities required for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
You will also study primary studies and educational studies (with a Gaelic-medium focus) during the year, coming back in to the University on specific weeks for classes.
You will study primary studies, educational studies (including a dissertation) and Theory and Pedagogy of Immersion and Bilingual Education.
You will select an option course from a suite of courses within the School of Education. Primary education courses include placements in schools.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Most of the teaching will take place at Moray House School of Education, located at the Holyrood Campus within the University's Central Area.
You will also have access to the University's libraries and computing facilities.
You will engage in placement - professional experience and practice - throughout your programme. In Year 4 you will undertake a year-long professional experience and practice placement in a Gaelic-medium primary education setting.
How will I learn?
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, independent small-group activity and the use of e-learning and virtual learning environments.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a range of methods including exams, essays, portfolios and student presentations. You will be assessed by school staff and University tutors while on school placements.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
MA (Hons) Primary Education with Gaelic (learners) graduates typically go on to teach in Gaelic-medium or English-medium Primary schools. Further qualifications can be gained through part-time postgraduate study for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of teaching and learning and/or pursue leadership roles.
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.
Minimum entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: Highers: English at B. National 5s: a language other than English at B and Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics at B. For alternative acceptable Mathematics qualifications please contact the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Admissions Office.
- A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English Language and English Literature, both at C or 4, a language other than English at B or 6, and Mathematics at B or 6.
- IB: HL: English at 5. SL: Mathematics at 5 and a language other than English at 5. SL Mathematical Studies is not accepted for this degree.
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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.
Admission to this degree includes an interview process. Further details on the process will be sent to candidates shortlisted for interview.
Fitness to practice
There is fitness to practice 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 practice guidelines for this degree.
Please note that for degrees that have a subject requirement of a language other than English, students may not use their own native language to meet this requirement. In these instances, English or an alternative language other than native will be acceptable.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
SQA, GCSE and IB
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
- IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:
- IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.
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.
*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)
Protecting Vulnerable Groups
All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.
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