Ancient History and Welsh (BA)
Ancient History and Welsh BA (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to combine study of ancient civilization with the Welsh language, its literature and its culture.
Ancient History is concerned with the Greco-Roman world from the Aegean Bronze Age to the fall of the Roman Empire in the west and its survival in the east as the Byzantine Empire. It aims to develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of the political, social, economic and cultural structures of Greek and Roman societies, which were significantly different from modern industrialised societies, but have exercised a profound and continuous influence on the subsequent development of European and many other societies and cultures.
The Welsh programme is relevant to contemporary Wales and delivered by a school noted for its research quality and impact. The programme's main aim is to produce graduates who have three key attributes: firstly, a thorough academic and practical understanding of the Welsh language, its literature and culture; secondly, a high level of skill in written and spoken Welsh; and thirdly, well-developed employability and creative skills that are highly valued in today's competitive workplace.
The programme has been carefully designed with these attributes in mind, and so offers a wide range of core and optional modules which will provide you with a grounding in language and literature as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal or vocational interest.
All modules in the School of Welsh are taught through the medium of Welsh.
The university enjoys particularly close links with local historical sites, allowing joint honours students the chance to link their academic studies to active research in the field.
|Entry point||September 2016|
|Studying in Welsh||This course offers elements that are taught through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.|
|Typical places available||The School of Welsh typically has 30 places available. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School of Welsh typically receives 100 applications. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||BBB. Three A-levels, usually including Welsh. General Studies is not accepted. Grade B or above in Welsh is required for applicants studying Welsh as a second language. Two AS subjects may be considered in lieu of a third A-level.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grade A in the Core plus grades AA-AB at GCE Advanced Level.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||Contact the School for detailed information|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
|QAA subject benchmark|
Dr Louis Rawlings, Admissions Tutor
Dr Siwan Rosser, Course Administrator
Dr Rhiannon Marks, Admissions Tutor
Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.
Ancient History offers a balance between modules covering specific historical periods and thematic modules that examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, gender, religion, art, medicine and science.
It is designed to cultivate the skills of the historian, namely, the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence, and to express their opinions cogently in speech and in writing. The programme provides the training necessary for students who wish to study Ancient History at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who enter other professions.
The three-year programme has two routes, one for students who have studied Welsh as a first language, and one for students who have studied Welsh as a second language.
In year one Welsh modules these cohorts are taught separately. The students of the two routes come together for some modules in year two, and in the final year, both cohorts are taught together.
At the end of the programme all successful students receive the same degree.
On both routes, all modules in the School of Welsh are taught through the medium of Welsh.
In Year 1, you take 60 credits of Ancient History modules. First language students will take 60 credits in Welsh while second language students will take 80 credits.
In Welsh, the teaching philosophy is based on helping you develop key skills (linguistic, analytical, creative and employability) while also enabling you to become an independent learner at a high level. This philosophy is reflected in the structure of the BA.
For both routes, the emphasis in year one is on developing skills in the fields of language and literature, and all students follow a set number of core modules with an appropriate number of contact hours.
Students of this course can choose to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) core and optional modules. These can be chosen from modules from participating Academic Schools.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg||CY1743||20 credits|
|O Destun I Draethawd||CY1744||20 credits|
|Cyflwyniad I'r Gymraeg||CY1742||20 credits|
|Sgiliau llafar||CY1500||20 credits|
|Diwylliant y Gymraeg||CY1750||20 credits|
|Defnyddio'r Gymraeg||CY1501||20 credits|
|Astudio Barddoniaeth||CY1502||20 credits|
|Astudio Rhyddiaith||CY1503||20 credits|
|Y Gymraeg heddiw||CY1504||20 credits|
|Y Gymraeg a'r brifddinas||CY1505||20 credits|
|Diwylliant Cymraeg Dinas Caerdydd||CY1751||20 credits|
|Mapio'r Cymry||CY1752||20 credits|
In Year 2, you take 60 credits of Ancient History modules.
First and second language students in Welsh will follow different core modules related to language skills within both an academic and a vocational context. A period of work experience in a workplace in which Welsh is used on a daily basis.
Students studying this course may take one or two modules from another Academic School, selected from the University’s Free Standing Module Collection.
In Year 3, you take 60 credits of Ancient History modules and 60 credits of Welsh modules.
Within Welsh, in the final year, you will undertake an extended essay or project which enables you to use the range of skills that you have developed during the programme and to further your ability to operate as an independent learner. These essays or projects may lead on to further research, or prove to be an effective showcase for your achievements from the point of view of future employers.
Alongside this core element, Welsh offers numerous optional modules, including several with direct relevance to specific fields of employment, such as language planning, scriptwriting and translation. An attractive feature of our programme is its flexibility – you may specialise in literary studies, medieval or modern, language studies, or you may take a combination of modules reflecting your own particular academic interests and vocational needs.
School of Welsh
We provide exciting and challenging teaching in order to help our students succeed in a competitive environment. One of our core principles is that the teaching is informed and led by research. You will therefore learn about the latest ideas from scholars who are contributing to the development and future of their specialist subjects.
The teaching is usually delivered through the medium of lectures and seminars which provide you with the opportunity to discuss the subject matter in detail within small groups. However, there is also an important role to be played by one on one tutorials, workshops and languages classes.
Each module is supported by electronic teaching materials shared via Learning Central, part of the University’s virtual learning environment. You will receive personal pastoral care within the School, alongside the University’s central support services for accommodation, counselling, disability, dyslexia, finance and careers.
The School of History, Archaeology and Religion enables you to develop in a high-quality learning environment, supported by a student-orientated approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills.
Our programmes have been carefully designed and planned to ensure you experience a range of assessment methods including coursework essays, examinations/written class tests, dissertation, portfolios, written reports and oral examinations. This helps to ensure that you can demonstrate your skills to the best of your ability and reach your potential.
You will develop a range of intellectual skills: critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing evidence-based arguments, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. Additionally, you will gain practical skills such as team-working, independent research, and time management. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors. Assessment, including coursework, exams, practical work, and oral presentations, will test the different skills you have learned.
School of Welsh
The increasing demand for Welsh speakers across a range of industries (including the media, education, local and national government, public and private sectors), means that a degree in Welsh can be a highly valuable for jobs and roles that require bilingual speakers. Many of our graduates are now following careers in areas such as law, politics, media, performing arts, administration and education, and at all levels.
In 2013/14, 100% of the School’s graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
School of History, Archaeology and Religion
In 2013/14, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
The School of History, Archaeology and Religion admits around 260 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
The School of Welsh admits around 35 students each year.
History, Archaeology and Religion = 1650
Welsh = 130
QAA subject benchmark
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Overview and aims of this course/programme
Welsh and Anicent History is an exciting, broad and challenging academic discipline which involves producing, presenting and interpreting written texts and oral subjects, as well as the nature and history of the language. Studying the Welsh language fosters an open and flexible mind as well as the ability to consider different concepts. In turn, this will enable students to discuss and interpret modern developments as well as the cultures and values of the past. After studying Welsh, students will be ready to take advantage of all the opportunities that the language offers in today’s world.
CardiffUniversity’s School of Welsh has a definite vision with regard to its graduates. This vision is based on the belief that developing excellent academic skills provide the necessary ammunition to pursue a successful career in a wide range of fields. As a result, a typical Welsh graduate will be a successful communicator with the ability to analyse and interpret the world around them in a critical and creative way. They will have the ability to act independently at a high level, and their skills will benefit them in the academic world as well as in the workplace. These skills will be based on a sound knowledge and understanding of the Welsh language, its literature and culture, as well as an informed awareness of its place in the modern world.
Students at the School of Welsh will study at a vibrant university in the capital city of Wales, where opportunities in the Welsh language are expanding continually. One of the main characteristics of Cardiff University, and also the School of Welsh, is the emphasis placed on research-led teaching. In other words, students at the School of Welsh will be taught by members of staff that produce research of the highest quality, who then use this research when teaching a wide range of areas. Students will also benefit from opportunities to use their skills and knowledge in different contexts, be they academic (including a research project) or practical (including work experience).
The knowledge and skills of those students that graduate from the School of Welsh will be suitable for a wide range of occupations, including the following fields: education, media and other creative industries, the heritage industry, local and national government, business and marketing. A degree in Welsh is also excellent preparation for further study, whether in the field of Welsh itself, in other related academic areas or in occupational fields such as education, the law and public relations.
Ancient History and Welsh BA (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to combine study of ancient civilization with Welsh – a language experiencing a resurgence within Wales and beyond. The School of Welsh enjoys particularly close links with local historical sites, allowing joint honours students the chance to link their academic studies to active research in the field. A variety of Welsh modules complement the study of ancient history, and ensures students develop transferable skills for a variety of career opportunities.
What should I know about year five?
Teaching sessions at the School of Welsh are interactive and practical, and therefore students are expected to attend every one of their classes (be they lectures, workshops, seminars or other sessions). In some cases, for example maternity or disability, we may make alternative arrangements for you.
BA in Welsh and Ancient History modules vary in terms of length, but as a rule they will be 20 credits. Each 20 credit module will require at least two hundred hours of study, including the hours spent attending classes, studying independently, preparing assessments and/or sitting examinations and tests. There will usually be approximately 30 hours of contact with a tutor for each 20 credit module, although this can vary in relation to the nature of the module.
Students and members of staff are expected to respect Cardiff University’s Policy on Dignity while Working and Studying, which can be seen here. You should develop a professional attitude towards your work, including attending personal tutor sessions, checking your e-mails regularly and responding to them, being punctual when attending classes, and informing the School when you are absent. The School of Welsh is committed to helping you throughout your studies, so please tell us if you have any concerns. We will respect your confidentiality on every occasion.
How is this course/programme structured?
This is a three year full time programme, consisting of 120 credits a year.
What should I know about year four?
What should I know about year three?
This degree programme will allow you to develop many valuable skills. Some of them will be specific to the field of Welsh, while others will be more general and very relevant to the workplace. These include the following skills: communication and presenting information, ideas and debates (orally and in writing, individually and as part of a team); using information technology (linguistic software, word processing, data bases, the internet); analysing and presenting numerical information; working in a group and developing interpersonal skills; identifying, recording and communicating relevant attainments with regard to your career; managing your own learning (including time-management); showing a commitment to continuous learning and development.
The project/extended essay will help you to gain in confidence when working independently and will give you the opportunity to gain experience of a wide range of practical research skills. The sessions with a director will allow you to develop detailed discussion skills and to develop original ideas.
What should I know about the preliminary year?
The BA in Welsh and Ancient History uses several different methods of learning and teaching. During your degree, you will attend lectures, contribute to seminars and group work, complete practical tasks, undertake a period of work experience and complete an extended piece of independent work under the guidance of a tutor. The learning will usually take place in the Humanities Building, although it is possible that you will undertake field work away from the campus.
The programme is based on a range of core (mandatory) and optional modules. Usually, a module will include a series of lectures or workshops supported by seminars for smaller groups, where the field in question can be discussed in more detail. Every year, you will be required to study 60 credits in the School of Welsh and 60 credits in Ancient History. Most modules in the Schoolof Welsh are 20 credits in length.
There are two routes in the first year, one for students that have studied Welsh as a first language and the other for students that have studied Welsh as a second language. Both routes will include core modules in the fields of literature and language. There will be an opportunity to discuss literature from different periods and to look at the Welsh language in terms of its grammar and its place in modern Wales. The first year will equip you with the research and presentation skills that you will need to complete your degree.
Furthermore, during the second year, you will follow a further module (or modules in the case of the Welsh as a second language route) on the Welsh language and the different ways in which it is used in today’s Wales, including a period of work experience. You will also follow several optional modules in fields of your choice.
In the final year, you will choose further optional modules, as well as writing an extended essay or project on a subject of your choice – either 5,000 words (20 credits) or 10,000 words (40 credits).
A diverse range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the degree scheme. You will attend lectures, participate in seminars and group work, carry out practical tasks, and conduct your own independent guided study. Teaching takes place across the university campus.
The programme is delivered through a range of core and optional modules which comprise taught lectures supported by a series of smaller tutorial seminars where issues can be discussed in more detail. In each year you are required to take six (20 credit) modules.
What should I know about year one?
During your time studying for a BA in Welsh degree, you will be assessed using each one of the following methods:
- individual oral presentations
- extended essay or project (up to 5,000 or 10,000 words)
Depending on your degree route and your choice of modules, you could also be assessed using the following methods:
- classroom tests
- group presentations
- portfolios (of linguistic exercises or creative work)
There will also be opportunities to prepare formative tasks. These are tasks that do not count towards your final mark but which give you the opportunity to receive feedback on your progress. These tasks can be oral presentations during seminars, drafts of essays, short written pieces or computer-based tasks. The feedback can be in oral, written or electronic form.
The School of Welsh welcomes applications from disabled students; we may be able to offer alternative assessment methods in some cases.
The taught modules within the programme are all assessed through one or more of the following in-course assessments;
- Essays and coursework;
- Formal seen and unseen examinations;
- Class tests;
- Written reports;
- Group presentations
- Oral presentations;
There are also opportunities for formative assessment: assessments which do not formally count towards the final grade and an opportunity for you to gain insight and feedback on your progress. We place a particular emphasis on formative assessment in the first year.
Alternative provision may be made for students with disabilities.
We will support your studies in several ways. Firstly, you will have a personal tutor who will meet you at least three times a year to discuss your progress and any other matters that arise. You will be given punctual feedback on all your assessments (including examinations), and your personal tutor will be able to help you make effective use of the feedback in order to improve your work in the future. Several modules also include formative assessments. You will receive feedback on these assessments, but they will not count towards your final grade.
Every module will use the Learning Central website, which is CardiffUniversity's Virtual Learning Environment. Through the Learning Central site, you will have access to materials that are relevant to the module, such as multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises, discussion circles etc.
You will have an opportunity to reflect on your progress and the skills that you have developed through a section of Learning Central called Personal Development Planning. There, with help from your personal tutor, you will be able to record your achievements in different fields (whether they are part of the curriculum or not).
Furthermore, centrally, the university offers a range of services to support you, including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.
A typical BA in Welsh and Ancient History graduate will be able to do the following:
· demonstrate intellectual skills that enable close reading, description, analysis and the production of different types of texts (including producing texts in the field of creative writing in the case of some students)
· analyse the core role of language in the process of creating meaning, and the ability to appreciate the affective force of language
· appreciate how cultural preconceptions affect the process of forming an opinion
. evaluate relevant texts, concepts and theories in the field of Welsh and discuss them by using appropriate vocabulary
· show an understanding of a range of texts from different historical periods and from different genres
· show a good understanding of the position and importance of the Welsh language in the modern workplace
· implement the knowledge, understanding and skills that they have developed:
o in the workplace, by completing a period of work experience and a critical evaluation of the experience
o by completing an essay or extended project which is a product of independent study under the guidance of a tutor, showing the relevance of that work in relation to the next step of your career
· utilise basic numerical skills when evaluating data in relation to the Welsh language
· use information technology to present and analyse materials in an effective and polished manner, including the use of software to correct and improve the language
· produce written and oral Welsh of a high standard
· use other written linguistic registers, orally and in writing, in different contexts, including the workplace
Graduates from this programme will be able to:
- use a variety of appropriate, critical methodological approaches in the process of analysing the discourse described above
- gather and deploy methods, evidence, and information from a variety of sources and scholarly disciplines
- exercise critical judgement in the gathering and deploying of the forms noted above
- develop and present a reasoned analysis and argument – in written and oral forms – and synthesise information
- make discriminating use of a full range of library and other information resources on order to identify appropriate source material, compile bibliographies, produce written reports, inform written research and oral presentations
- show independence of thought and self-awareness as to his/her own pre-understandings, beliefs, convictions, and prejudices
- demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of their education for employment and life beyond university, as well as having some capacity and commitment to reflecting upon the need for lifelong learning and professional development
How will I be taught?
The following are amongst the most significant characteristics of this degree programme:
· the opportunity to follow a degree programme that develops skills that are relevant to both the academic world and the workplace.
· the emphasis on practical research skills, that will benefit you throughout your career
· the emphasis placed on independent learning in a supportive environment
· the experience of being taught by staff that will recognise you as an individual
· the experience of being taught by lecturers that undertake original research work of the highest quality and push the field’s boundaries
Dr Louis Rawlings, Admissions Tutor
Dr Siwan Rosser, Course Administrator
Dr Rhiannon Marks, Admissions Tutor
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