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Secondary School

Secondary Education

Hazlehead Academy is the designated secondary school within Aberdeen City where provision is made for children to continue studying Gaelic Language. Children are offered Gaelic as a subject at all stages.

S1-S3 Course

Pupils will continue their Gaelic Medium Education by taking part in a wide range of learning experiences e.g. the study of novels, poetry and drama, creative writing, presentations and projects.

S4-S6 Courses available

The following courses are available to pupils in the senior phase:

  •  Gàidhlig N4
  •  Gàidhlig N5
  •  Gàidhlig Higher
  •  Gàidhlig Advanced Higher

The focus of the above courses leans towards a more in depth study and appreciation of wider aspects of culture, language, literature and media, all of which increase in depth and complexity as the students progresses through the levels.  Advanced grammar and language learning is core to these courses.

Links to further education and employment

Gàidhlig can be studied at many Higher Education establishments throughout Scotland, Ireland and also Canada, either as a discrete subject or as an ancillary option. The study of a Modern Language has been proven to enhance employability in all job sectors. A qualification in a Modern Language is proof of communication and presentation skills. Information on specific courses in this county and in Europe can be obtained from the department.


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  • Head Teacher
    Hazlehead Academy
    Groats Road
    AB15 8BE
    Phone: 01224 310184

  • Anne Thirkell
    Development Officer – Gaelic Education
    Curriculum Team
    Aberdeen City Council
    Second Floor North
    Marischal College
    Broad Streen
    AB10 1AB
    Phone: 01224 522849