Applying for an Initial Gaelic Teacher Education Course

How to Apply

To become a teacher in Scotland, you must complete an Initial Teacher Education Course. There are a number of courses - both undergraduate and post-graduate available with full-time and part-time, on campus and distance learning options that allow you to train as a Gaelic teacher.

Each initial teacher education course should prepare you for the demands of working in the classroom and will include time at University undertaking professional and subject/curriculum studies as well as school placements. Each Gaelic initial teacher education course will include placements in a Gaelic-medium setting.

To teach through the medium of Gaelic you must be fluent in the language and your literacy skills must be of a high standard.

It is of vital importance that you meet the entry requirements set out by the University and it is recommended that you check the entry requirements of each course prior to submitting your application. It’s also advisable to have some experience of working with children and if possible, observing teaching practices. You could gain this experience by volunteering to work in local schools or other with organisations that work with children. Anyone who works with children must join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.

Applications for undergraduate teaching courses are normally made through the UCAS website.  The deadline is in January.

Applications for post-graduate courses should be made through the UCAS Teacher Training website.  The application process usually opens in mid-November.

When applying for a course your application should reflect your knowledge of the Scottish Education System and the curriculum. As part of the application process, you may also be invited to attend an interview. This will be conducted through the medium of Gaelic and will be an opportunity for you to demonstrate why you would make a good teacher. The Education Scotland website provides an plethora of information about Education in Scotland and further information about Gaelic Education can be found on Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s website.

It is a legal requirement in Scotland that all teachers register with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). On completion of a course, you will be provisionally registered with the GTCS and on completion of a probationary period you are able to apply for Full Registration with the GTCS. Click here to find out about the Standards for Full Registration.