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National 5 Gàidhlig (Course Code: C832 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Gàidhlig?

Learning Gàidhlig will help you to improve your existing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, essential for learning, life and work. You will be able to communicate your thoughts and feelings to other people better, as well as deal with those of other people.

Learning Gàidhlig will also enhance your appreciation and understanding of Scottish culture and heritage.

The increased interest in Gàidhlig recently now means there are more career opportunities for people who can speak it. You could work in the performing arts, teaching, media and writing, or in TV and radio.

What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

This course offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in reading, listening, talking and writing in Gàidhlig. You will learn to understand how language works and how to communicate information and ideas. You will also study a wide range of various types of texts in a variety media. You will learn to think critically and creatively, and develop cultural awareness.

The course comprises three areas of study.

Reading and Writing; Listening

You will develop:

Assignment – Writing

You will develop:

Performance – Talking

You will develop:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment has five components totalling 120 marks:

For the performance component, you will be asked to take part in a discussion on an aspect of Gaelic heritage and contemporary culture using detailed Gaelic language. Your performance will be set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and marked internally by an SQA assessor.

The question papers will be set and marked externally by the SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.  

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.