Gaelic Translation (SCQF level 11) PDA

Course code 019Q

What is special about this course?

This PDA Gaelic Translation (SCQF level 11) is intended for those already working as translators, who wish to further develop their knowledge, skills and practice. It is also suitable if you have a high level of language competence in both Gaelic and English and wish to undertake the process necessary to become a competent translator working to professional standards.

The main areas of work covered include: public body Gaelic plans; translation work in the media sector; broadcasting; and publishing.

Special features

  • Develop specialist skills in translation
  • Led by experienced professional translators
  • Developed in partnership with further and higher education institutions, employers and industry

Entry requirements

  • You will be required to complete an application in Gaelic, outlining your qualifications and relevant experience

It would be beneficial if you held the following qualification:

  • Sgilean Eadar-theangachaidh (Translation Skills) SCQF level 10*
  • A degree in English or Gaelic (or evidence of fluency/near fluency in English and Gaelic)*

*Sabhal Mòr Ostaig qualification (non-SQA)

Year 1 - PDA

You will complete the following modules:

  • Translating texts from English to Gaelic and Gaelic to English
    • Preparing to translate
    • Translating texts from one language into another
    • Managing translation tasks
  • Developing your performance as a professional translator
    • Evaluate your performance as a translator working to professional standards
    • Plan and implement your continuing professional development

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of live and recorded video-conference lectures, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 1 year @ 10 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - this fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

Start date

  • September


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The units in this PDA Gaelic Translation (SCQF level 11) have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for Translation, units PTra3 and PTra4, qualifying you to work as a Professional translator.

You might like to consider careers in translation in areas such as:

  • public body Gaelic plans
  • the media sector
  • broadcasting
  • publishing

Can I progress into further study?

On completion of this PDA, you may have the opportunity to progress to professional registration.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2023

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.