Join our online Gaelic beginners’ course for the workplace.

This is a flexible, beginners’ Gaelic language course for anyone keen to use Gaelic in their place of work.

You’ll learn to speak and understand Gaelic that you can use in greetings and basic interactions wherever you work.

If your employer has a Gaelic Language Plan or a positive language policy, this course will support you in making Gaelic more visible in your organisation and encourage more people to learn the language.

Who is this online Gaelic course for?

This course is designed for complete beginners in the Gaelic language.

It’s ideal for anyone working in a public-facing organisation who would like to use some Gaelic in their workplace.

What you’ll study

You’ll cover the following oral and aural Gaelic language skills:

  • greeting clients and customers in Gaelic
  • basic Gaelic responses
  • apologising in Gaelic for switching to English
  • recognising individual and organisation names in Gaelic
  • how to pronounce Gaelic logos and branding that may be in use in your organisation.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to...

  • Greet people in Gaelic.
  • Understand basic conversation openers and responses in Gaelic.
  • Model positive language awareness in any organisation that’s subject to Gaelic language monitoring.

How you’ll study

Online learning

This Gaelic course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

The course is taught at absolute beginners’ level, or A1 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

You’ll have four weeks of teaching, then a final week for assessments.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • video lectures
  • live online teaching sessions
  • quizzes
  • audio clips
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Live online teaching sessions

You’ll have two live online sessions each week, for the first four weeks of the course. They’ll take place on:

  • Tuesdays at 11am, and
  • Wednesdays at 1pm.

These are interactive small-group teaching sessions where you’ll get to learn from and chat with your tutor and colleagues. Each session is scheduled to last 45 minutes.

Alongside your teaching sessions, you’ll have materials to work through by yourself.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from experienced Teaching Assistants under the supervision of academic staff from our School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Build your learning

You’ll earn 5 credits at undergraduate level (SCQF 7) with this course. Find out about credits.

This course leads onto our second online Gaelic course:

It provides more useful language for the workplace, and is ideal if you work in a customer service setting.


This course will give you a short introduction to Gaelic that you’ll find useful in your daily work.

If you work for a public body, it will help them meet their obligations in their Gaelic Language Plan.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

You do not need to know any Gaelic to join this course. It’s for complete beginners in the language.

The course is for anyone working in a public-facing role who would like to use some Gaelic in their workplace

It’s an undergraduate course, delivered at the absolute beginners’ level of Gaelic (A1 CEFR Gaelic).

If in doubt about whether your language skills are at the right level for this course, we’re here to help. Get in touch for advice via email.