SQA is committed to the objectives set out in the National Plan for Gaelic and the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 which recognises Gaelic as an official language of Scotland, commanding equal respect to English.
Gaelic and Gàidhlig
We have a wide range of qualifications suitable for both learners and fluent speakers. These don’t just focus on language skills — they also incorporate musical, cultural, historic and vocational elements.
Qualifications in the medium of Gaelic
Some of our National Qualifications are delivered in Gaelic and student numbers are growing.
Subjects that can be studied in Gaelic include:
- Cruinneòlas (Geography)
- Eachdraidh (History),
- Matamataig (Mathematics)
- Matamataig Fadbheatha (Lifeskills Mathematics) and
- Nuadh Eòlas (Modern Studies)
Gaelic-medium qualifications enable fluent speakers to maintain their exposure to the language throughout secondary education.
We have also provided Gaelic translations of ‘Your Exams’ and ‘Your Coursework’ which are available for candidates entered for qualifications in the medium of Gaelic.
Gaelic Language Plan
Our Gaelic Language Plan has now been revised for 2015–20, in accordance with the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act. The plan explains how we intend to build on the achievements and the experience of our initial plan.
The public consultation period has now ended and the plan will soon be sent to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for final approval.
Education Bill and draft guidance on Gaelic education
We continue our work in partnership with Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Scottish Government on the Education Bill and draft guidance on Gaelic education.
Gaelic on social media
We have increased our Gaelic presence on Twitter in particular on results day, during the exam diet and at Christmas.
An t-Alltan 2015
We held a workshop on National 5 Gàidhlig supporting practitioners and providing an opportunity to discuss national standards at the An t-Alltan conference in Aviemore.
Staff information sessions were held in the Glasgow and Dalkeith offices towards the end of November 2015 to update staff on the revised Gaelic Language Plan and what it involves.