Celtic Studies courses at Newbattle Abbey College

How much do you know about the traditional Celtic origins of our country and how that rich culture influences our lives today? The Celtic roots of our country, preserved in the language, song and stories of our forefathers, play a vital role in shaping our national identity. Newbattle Abbey College offers two courses for those interested in learning more about our heritage: 

  • Access to Higher Education Celtic Studies (SWAP) 
  • National Certificate (NC) Celtic Studies

Both are 1-year full-time courses and include a residential cultural visit to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye to develop Gaelic language skills. Celtic Studies Exploring Our Culture These courses are designed for students who wish to develop knowledge and skills in Celtic culture, Celtic history and heritage, Gaelic language, the politics of the Celtic nations and traditional music and dance.

Access to Higher Education Celtic Studies (SWAP)

The full-time Celtic Studies course is part of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP). This course is available on a residential and nonresidential basis for adults aged 19 or over with few or no qualifications. If you complete the course successfully, you can progress to higher education, in programmes such as Celtic Studies and Gaelic and Primary Education.

National Certificate (NC) Celtic Studies

The course is open to all, but school leavers and mature applicants are particularly welcome to apply. Candidates should ideally have 3 Nationals at level 5, one of which should be English. Work experience or volunteering in the creative and culture industries will be considered for mature students.

For more information and to apply online, visit: To speak to someone directly, call the college on: 0131 663 1921 or email:

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