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Advanced Higher Gàidhlig (Course Code: C832 77)

SCQF Level 7 (32 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?

This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:

What will I study?

The course comprises three areas of study.

Translating and Interpreting Skills

You will:

Writing and Literary Criticism Skills

You will:

Specialist Study of Language and/or Culture

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment consists of four components totalling 115 marks:

Component 1 - you will answer questions based on 2 written Gaelic texts, one fiction and one non-fiction.
Component 2 - you will write an essay in Gaelic form from a list of 8 essay titles.
Component 3 - you will translate one non-fiction written English text into written Gaelic.
Component 4 - you will talk for 20 minutes about a chosen topic for the Specialist Study of Language and/or Culture study area.

The question papers are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The performance component will be assessed by a visiting SQA Assessor, with a recording of the performance marked externally by SQA.

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

The course assessment is graded A-D.

Study Materials

SQA Past Papers Gàidhlig Advanced Higher
SQA Specimen Gàidhlig Advanced Higher Literature and Writing Question Paper
SQA Specimen Gàidhlig Advanced Higher Practical Criticism Question Paper
SQA Specimen Gàidhlig Advanced Higher Translation Question Paper

What can I go on to next?

Further study, training or employment in: