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IRISH LANGUAGE Level 4 Diploma

Ulster University Diploma in Irish Language Level 4 EV-N

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Level 4
Mode of Study
Course Type
Higher Education
Newry Campus


Southern Regional College offers this two-year, part-time Diploma in Irish Language, in partnership with the Ulster University. The provision serves a diverse group of students and reflects the College’s strong commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity within Northern Ireland. It plays a vital role in preserving, sustaining and celebrating Ireland’s Gaelic linguistic heritage as well as serving the demands of the Irish language sector within the local and international job market.

Our programme fulfils the needs of individuals who wish to acquire the necessary competence to fully participate in the Irish language community as confident and independent users of the language and advance their qualifications in order to progress their careers.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course.
  • Applicants must meet the Ulster University General Entrance requirements and should have obtained a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A-Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications.  (NB Two Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level subjects will be taken as 40% of one GCE A level as long as that the applicant’s profile also contains one GCE A level.
  • In addition, students should provide evidence of passes in four different subjects, of which one should be at GCE Advanced level (A level) (grades A to E) and three at GCSE level (grades A, B or C) or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification. The following are accepted.
    • A VCE/GCE Applied A level and either three passes at GCSE (grade C or above) or two Double Award Vocational GCSEs.
    • BTEC National qualifications awarded by Pearson.
    • Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma
    • OCR Cambridge Technicals (2016 suite, Applied General Category).
    • Four Highers and/or Advanced Highers of the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
    • The European, International or Welsh Baccalaureate.
    • An Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in four approved subjects at grade D/6 Higher level.
    • Satisfactory completion of an approved Access programme.
    • Any Foundation degree awarded by Ulster University.
  •  Applicants must show evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent. Essential Skills Communication Level 2 is accepted).
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy at

Please Note: The entrance criteria above may change subject to awarding body regulations. The College reserves the right to enhance the entrance requirements beyond the minimum 48 UCAS points where demand exceeds the number of available places. 

Applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/A-Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Communication may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. The list of acceptable qualifications for equivalency to English and mathematics for Ulster University is available from the following link: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.


Year 1

  • Introduction to Irish 1.
  • Buntús Gaeilge 2.

Year 2

  • Gaeilge Mheánleibhéil 1.
  • Gaeilge Mheánleibhéil 2.


2 Years


Assessment in years 1 and 2 will take the following form:

  • January: Class test for years 1 and 2.
  • February – April:  Coursework - three short essays (year 1); two essays and one letter (year 2).
  • May: Two class tests and one oral exam (year 1); two written exams and one oral exam (year 2).


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On successful completion of this course students may be permitted (subject to interview and the APL process) to transfer into year 2 of Ulster University’s part-time BA Irish Language and Literature programme or Year 1 of Ulster University’s full-time BA course.


All Higher Education courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the 'Apply Now' button above to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Course Director: John Mc Caul M.A, B.Ed (Hons), B.A (Hons)

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0300 123 1223


In light of the continuing Covid-19 situation, Southern Regional College may have to amend the delivery methods for a number of courses for the new academic year, or should the need arise effect a temporary College closure. This may also lead to restrictions when accessing student services. Please be assured that the safety of our students is paramount and as such we will be implementing a range of measures in line with government advice and protocols. We will make all appropriate and reasonable adjustments to maintain the ongoing quality of teaching and learning and our support services.

In accordance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015, you will be notified of any such changes, the reasons for the changes and any options available to you to avoid such changes having an adverse impact on your future career. All higher education students and applicants should refer to the Consumer Protection page.


Information about our fees policy including details on registration and reduced fees as well as refunds can be found HERE

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    £422.00 (Course - Each Year)
    £330.00 (Exam)
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