Welsh and Archaeology (BA)

Students will combine study of past human communities from material remains with the Welsh language, its literature and culture.

By combining Welsh and Archaeology, you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge, opening the doors to a variety of career paths. The time spent on each subject is effectively halved, allowing you to study the Welsh language, its literature and culture, while exploring and understanding the archaeology of the British Isles, Europe, Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean. 

The Welsh course is relevant to contemporary Wales and delivered by a school noted for its research quality and impact. The course aims to produce graduates with a thorough academic and practical understanding of the Welsh language, its literature and culture, a high level of skill in written and spoken Welsh and well-developed employability and creative skills relevant to modern Wales. It offers core and optional modules to give you a grounding in language and literature as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal or career interest.

Archaeology is the science of investigation. It addresses the ‘big questions’ about the human past over the huge periods of time for which there are no written records, so that the forensic skills of the archaeologist are to the fore, as well as combining written records with material evidence in the investigation of historical periods. 

As a student at one of the highly respected Russell group universities, you will learn with staff who carry out cutting-edge research in archaeology and history as well as developing innovative techniques in forensics, dating and osteology. 

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • the opportunity to follow a degree course that develops skills relevant to both the academic world and the workplace
  • a core module which focuses on employability skills and which offers a period of work experience
  • a range of core and optional modules in Welsh language, literature and culture as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal and career interest
  • the emphasis on practical research skills, that will benefit you throughout your career
  • the emphasis on independent learning in a supportive environment
  • the involvement of research-active staff in teaching
  • the experience of being taught by staff who will recognise you as an individual
  • the University enjoys close contacts with local historical sites such as St Fagans National History Museum, Caerleon and Caerwent – allowing additional links with archaeology as an academic discipline
  • you will go on an excavation or archaeological placement at the end of year two and year three, organised and funded by Archaeology at Cardiff

Key facts

UCAS CodeQV54
Next intakeSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshUp to 56% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
Typical places availableThe School of Welsh typically has 30 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of Welsh typically receives 100 applications.
Typical A level offerBBB. Three A-level subjects, usually including Welsh. 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 offerGrade A in the Core plus BB at A Level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer27 points. A minimum of 5 in all Higher Level subjects.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three-year full-time degree, consisting of 120 credits a year. You’ll study six 20-credit modules a year, split equally between Welsh and Archaeology.

Year one

You will take 120 credits in all. There are two routes in the first year, one for students who have studied Welsh as a first language and the other for students who have studied Welsh as a second language. First-language Welsh students will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 in Archaeology, while second-language students will take 80 credits in Welsh and 40 in Archaeology.

The emphasis in year one Welsh is on developing key skills (linguistic, analytical, creative and employability) in the fields of language and literature, and all students follow a set number of modules with an appropriate number of contact hours. The School will also provide additional arrangements for second language students to develop and practise their language skills.

Normally, students who have studied A-level Welsh as a second language follow the second-language route, but we will consider your linguistic skills, both oral and written, before deciding which route you will follow.

For the first-language route the core modules are:

  • Iaith ac Ystyr [Language and Meaning]
  • Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd [Author, Text and Reader]
  • Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru Gyfoes [The Welsh Language in Contemporary Wales]

For the second-language route the core modules are:

  • Sgiliau Llafar [Oral Skills]
  • Defnyddio’r Gymraeg [Using Welsh]
  • Astudio Llenyddiaeth [Studying Literature]
  • Y Gymraeg Heddiw [The Welsh Language Today]

Archaeology will introduce you to the techniques and approaches that archaeologists employ, as well as the archaeology of specific societies such as the ancient Mediterranean societies of Egypt, Greece and Rome and the study of Britain from the Ice Age to the medieval period.

The modules will introduce you to the material evidence for the ancient Mediterranean societies of Egypt, Greece and Rome and the study of Britain from the Ice Age to the medieval period. You may also choose credits from available practical modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
Astudio LlenyddiaethCY150620 credits
Iaith ac YstyrCY160020 credits
Awdur, Testun a DarllenyddCY160120 credits
Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru GyfoesCY160220 credits
Y Gymraeg HeddiwCY150820 credits

Year two

You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Archaeology.

In year two, you will build on the skills and knowledge acquired in year one. The core linguistic elements of the Welsh course focus on language skills within both an academic and a vocational context, and include a period of work experience in a workplace in which Welsh is used on a daily basis.

Alongside these core elements, the course offers optional modules in years two and three in Welsh language, literature and culture, including several with direct relevance to specific fields of employment, such as language planning, scriptwriting and translation.

In Archaeology you can choose from a large range of period, regional and skills modules. You will also undertake four weeks of excavation or another archaeological work placement. 

Module titleModule codeCredits
Archaeology Fieldwork 2HS234310 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Ysgrifennu CreadigolCY212420 credits
Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r GymunedCY220020 credits
Sgiliau IaithCY250120 credits
Ysgrifennu AcademaiddCY250220 credits
Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd CanolCY310020 credits
Llenyddiaeth er 1900CY320020 credits
Llenyddiaeth PlantCY331020 credits
Theori a Beirniadaeth LenyddolCY333020 credits
TafodieithegCY345020 credits
SosioieithyddiaethCY353020 credits
Technoleg Iaith mewn Cymdeithas DdigidolCY380520 credits
Archaeological IllustrationHS242910 credits
Archaeological IllustrationHS243010 credits
The History of Archaeological ThoughtHS235020 credits
Archaeology Independent StudyHS243320 credits
Forensic and OsteoarchaeologyHS242320 credits
Complex Societies in Barbarian EuropeHS236510 credits
Structure & Decay of Inorganic MaterialsHS236010 credits
Structure & Corrosion of MetalsHS235910 credits
Technology and MaterialsHS240010 credits
Archaeological PhotographyHS240710 credits
Introduction to Computing for Archaeologists and Ancient HistoriansHS241610 credits
Museums Collections ManagementHS242120 credits
Hellenistic Art and ArchitectureHS435610 credits
Egyptian Funerary ArchaeologyHS237620 credits
Surveying and ProspectionHS231410 credits
Archaeological PhotographyHS241410 credits
Computer Projects for Archaeologists and Ancient HistoriansHS241710 credits
Early Rome: History and ArchaeologyHS436010 credits
Art and Power in Rome, 211 BC - AD138HS436810 credits
Neolithic Beginnings: Last Foragers and First Farmers in the Eastern MediterraneanHS242420 credits
The Archaeology of the VikingsHS237920 credits
Neolithic/Early Bronze Age BritainHS235720 credits
Roman BritainHS236220 credits
Medieval ArchaeologyHS238220 credits
Art & Archaeology of Archaic GreeceHS238620 credits
The Roman ArmyHS436720 credits

Year three

You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Archaeology.

In Welsh it is compulsory to choose one of the following modules:

  • Blas ar Ymchwil [Research Taster]
  • Ymchwilio Estynedig [Extended Research]

You have a choice of an essay or project of 4,000 words (20 credits) or 8,000 words (40 credits), to be completed under the direction of a member of staff who is an expert in the relevant field. This may lead to further research or provide an effective showcase for potential employers. You will also choose more optional modules.

In Archaeology you can choose from more modules, where the growing emphasis is on lengthier, independent work, and you will again undertake four weeks of excavation or another archaeological work placement. 

The Year Three Archaeology fieldwork project is taken in the summer at the end of the second year, although it is credited to the Autumn Semester of Year Three.  This project is taught through four-weeks of student participation on archaeological excavations, field-surveys, museum curatorial projects or other post-excavation, laboratory-based activities.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Archaeology Fieldwork 2HS234310 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Ysgrifennu CreadigolCY212420 credits
Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd CanolCY310020 credits
Llenyddiaeth er 1900CY320020 credits
Llenyddiaeth PlantCY331020 credits
Theori a Beirniadaeth LenyddolCY333020 credits
TafodieithegCY345020 credits
SosioieithyddiaethCY353020 credits
Cyfieithu ProffesiynolCY370520 credits
Technoleg Iaith mewn Cymdeithas DdigidolCY380520 credits
Blas ar YmchwilCY390020 credits
Ymchwilio EstynedigCY390540 credits
Archaeology DissertationHS243540 credits
Archaeological IllustrationHS242910 credits
Archaeological IllustrationHS243010 credits
The History of Archaeological ThoughtHS235020 credits
Forensic and OsteoarchaeologyHS242320 credits
Complex Societies in Barbarian EuropeHS236510 credits
Structure & Decay of Inorganic MaterialsHS236010 credits
Structure & Corrosion of MetalsHS235910 credits
Technology and MaterialsHS240010 credits
Archaeological PhotographyHS240710 credits
Introduction to Computing for Archaeologists and Ancient HistoriansHS241610 credits
Museums Collections ManagementHS242120 credits
Hellenistic Art and ArchitectureHS435610 credits
Egyptian Funerary ArchaeologyHS237620 credits
Surveying and ProspectionHS231410 credits
Archaeological PhotographyHS241410 credits
Computer Projects for Archaeologists and Ancient HistoriansHS241710 credits
Early Rome: History and ArchaeologyHS436010 credits
Art and Power in Rome, 211 BC - AD138HS436810 credits
Neolithic Beginnings: Last Foragers and First Farmers in the Eastern MediterraneanHS242420 credits
The Archaeology of the VikingsHS237920 credits
Neolithic/Early Bronze Age BritainHS235720 credits
Roman BritainHS236220 credits
Medieval ArchaeologyHS238220 credits
Art & Archaeology of Archaic GreeceHS238620 credits
The Roman ArmyHS436720 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

We offer a supportive learning environment, where you are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge. Our courses foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team working, independent research and time management.

You will be taught both by lecture and seminar. Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures.

Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations. For Welsh, there is also an important role to be played by tutorials, workshops and language classes (especially for students following the second language route).

How will I be supported?

As well as having regular feedback from your personal tutor in each course, you will have a reading week each semester for guided study and a chance to catch up on assessed work, reading and revision. These weeks are also used by staff to visit students on their year abroad.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback in lectures and seminars, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance.

Coursework will be marked by your module tutor and your tutor will give you written feedback on your work. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment. Students will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios and creative assignments.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enable you to produce your best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling you to develop your strengths and address any weaker areas.

The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study, to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development

The demand for Welsh speakers means that a degree in Welsh can be 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, or engaged in postgraduate study.

In 2013/14, 100% of the School of Welsh’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

An archaeology degree represents a challenging, interesting and exciting way to prepare for the future. You will develop transferable skills that will be of benefit in your future career. Our graduates have found work in journalism, banking, finance, teaching and a wide range of other areas. We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes and the School has our own in-house Workplace Partnerships and Employability Officer. Many of our graduates enter professions which make direct use of their academic expertise but the majority compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields.

In 2013/14, 92% of the graduates from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

UK and EU students 2016/17

EU students entering in 2016/17 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2017/18 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU 2016/17

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£14,500None

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

You will need suitable clothing (e.g. waterproofs and suitable footwear) and sometimes accommodation (e.g. tent and sleeping bag) for field trips and fieldwork.  The University has funds available for students experiencing financial difficulties in purchasing this equipment.

Year two includes a period of work experience in a workplace in which Welsh is used on a daily basis. This period of work experience is part of a programme of events designed to focus on developing employability and career skills.

The Years Two and Three fieldwork projects are taken in the summer preceding those academic years. The Fieldwork projects are taught through four weeks of student participation in archaeological excavations, field-surveys, museum curatorial projects or other post-excavation, laboratory-based activities.


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