Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
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MA Primary Education with Gaelic (Learners)

UCAS code: 3R67

Duration: 5 years

Delivery: Full-time

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
  • 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.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Learning and practice

Based in the Moray House School of Education, you will have 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 Linguistics

The programme also provides you with the opportunity to study courses in:

  • Celtic, with the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
  • Linguistics, with the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

This means you can benefit from internationally-renowned expertise in these subject areas.

Mental health and wellbeing partnership

Student teachers at the University of Edinburgh 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.

Place2Be at Moray House


The programme is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

After graduating, 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.

Year 1

You will study:

  • primary studies
  • educational studies
  • Gaelic

Primary education courses include placements in schools.

Year 2

You will study:

  • primary studies
  • educational studies
  • Gaelic
  • linguistics

Primary education courses include placements in schools.

Year 3

In Year 3, you will:

  • Spend a year at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, focusing on developing your Gaelic.
  • Complete An Cursa Comais, an intensive language learning course designed for intermediate level learners whose aim is to become fluent in Gaelic.

Year 4

In Year 4, you will:

  • Undertake a year-long school placement in a Gaelic-medium primary school.

  • 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.

  • Study primary studies and educational studies (with a Gaelic-medium focus) during the year, coming back into the University on specific weeks for classes.

Year 5

In Year 5, you will study:

  • primary studies
  • educational studies, including a dissertation
  • 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.

Programme structure

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.

Programme structure (2022/23)

Our facilities

Most of your teaching will take place at Moray House School of Education. The School is part of the Holyrood Campus in the University's Central Area.

You will also have access to the University's libraries and computing facilities.

Take a virtual tour

You can take a closer look at the Moray House School of Education and Sport and explore our facilities and campus on the University's Virtual Visit site.

Take a virtual tour of the Moray House School of Education and Sport


You will go on professional experience and practice placements 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 mix of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • independent small-group activity
  • 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
  • student presentations

You will be assessed by school staff and University tutors while on school placements.

Our 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.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

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 Undergraduate Admissions Office via the Enquiries link below.
  • 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.

Additional 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.

Moray House School of Education


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

Fitness to practise

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.


Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant 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.


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
  • GCSE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate at 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: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.

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, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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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It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Primary Education with Gaelic (Learners)

Additional costs

All successful applicants will need to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme with the University of Edinburgh as the Registered Body.

You must cover the cost of joining the scheme. This is currently between £18 and £59.


For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding