English Language and Welsh (BA)

The Joint Honours degree in English Language and Welsh provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

The Joint Honours degree in English Language and Welsh provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

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.

English Language at Cardiff has a distinctive character. You will be provided with a rigorous grounding in the analysis of the English language, learning such essential linguistic tools as phonetics, grammar and discourse analysis from those who are helping develop those fields. You will also learn how to analyse the types of multimodal (e.g. word+image+sound) texts that predominate in contemporary and new media. We also focus on the intersection of language with culture, society, politics and mind. 

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills and that link subjects, be they critical analysis, linguistic contexts or recent research. 

Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging programme of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.

Key facts

Duration3 years
Typical places availableThe School typically has 30 places available
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 100 applications
Scholarships and bursaries
Typical A level offerABB. Two or three A-level subjects, usually including Welsh. Two AS subjects may be considered in lieu of a third A-level.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core plus grades AB at A-Level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer33 points.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

Welsh, English

Academic School
Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Siwan Rosser , Course Administrator

    Dr Rhiannon Marks , Admissions Tutor

      Dr Mercedes Durham , Admissions Tutor

        Welsh medium provisionThis course offers elements that are taught through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

        English Language at Cardiff has a distinctive character. You will be provided with a rigorous grounding in the analysis of the English language. Thus you will learn such essential linguistic tools as phonetics, grammar and discourse analysis from those who are helping develop those fields. Since we take a broad approach to language, you will also learn how to analyse the types of multimodal (e.g. word+image+sound) texts that predominate in contemporary and new media.

        Language analysis, though, is just the starting point. What makes Cardiff special is our focus on the intersection of language with culture, society, politics and mind. While arming you with technical skills of analysis, we then expect you to grapple with exciting theories that will enable you to take into account the multifarious aspects of the context of language use and interpret the communication in a complex and meaningful way.

        Year one

        You will take 40 credits in English Language. First language Welsh students will take 60 credits in Welsh while second language students will take 80 credits in Welsh.

        Students studying this course will be able to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) Core and Optional modules from another participating Academic School. An overview of the module collections available can be found here.

        Module titleModule codeCredits
        Introduction To Language & SocietySE111020 credits
        Introduction To LanguageSE110920 credits

        Module titleModule codeCredits
        Llenyddiaeth GymraegCY174320 credits
        O Destun I DraethawdCY174420 credits
        Cyflwyniad I'r GymraegCY174220 credits
        Diwylliant y GymraegCY175020 credits
        Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
        Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
        Astudio BarddoniaethCY150220 credits
        Astudio RhyddiaithCY150320 credits
        Diwylliant Cymraeg Dinas CaerdyddCY175120 credits
        Mapio’r CymryCY175220 credits
        Y Gymraeg heddiwCY150420 credits
        Y Gymraeg a’r brifddinasCY150520 credits
        Introduction To Media CommunicationSE110820 credits
        Introduction To Human CommunicationSE110720 credits

        Year two

        You will take 60 credits in English Language and 60 credits in Welsh.

        Module titleModule codeCredits
        Sound, Structure and MeaningSE141120 credits

        Module titleModule codeCredits
        Visual CommunicationSE137320 credits
        SociolinguisticsSE136920 credits
        Research MethodsSE131820 credits
        Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r GymunedCY220020 credits
        History of EnglishSE139820 credits
        Language & CultureSE140220 credits
        Language & the MindSE140420 credits
        Language & GenderSE140320 credits
        Sgiliau IaithCY250120 credits
        Ysgrifennu AcademaiddCY250220 credits
        Words & MeaningSE137020 credits
        DiscourseSE136220 credits
        International Study Abroad (60 credits) AutumnSE625160 credits
        International Study Abroad (60 credits) SpringSE625260 credits
        Hanes yr IaithCY315020 credits
        Dadeni A Diwygiad 1550 - 1900CY231820 credits
        Dafydd ap GwilymCY330520 credits
        Rhyddiaith DdiweddarCY341020 credits
        Hunaniaeth a Diwylliant y WladfaCY321020 credits
        Iaith, Gwleidyddiaeth a GwrthdaroCY371020 credits
        Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi IaithCY361020 credits
        Canu’r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990CY381020 credits
        SgriptioCY212320 credits
        Caffael IaithCY391020 credits

        Year three

        You will take 60 credits in English Language and 60 credits in Welsh. In Welsh you will undertake a compulsory extended essay or project (4,000 or 8,000 words).

        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.

        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.

        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.

        School of English, Communication and Philosophy
        We have a supportive learning environment, where students are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge. Our programmes 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. A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios, and creative assignments.

        The School of English, Communication and Philosophy offers intellectually stimulating programmes of study, shaped by the latest research.

        School of Welsh
        The 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 English, Communication and Philosophy
        In 2013/14, 91% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.


        3 Year(s)

        Next intake

        September 2016

        Places available

        Typical places available

        The School of English, Communication and Philosophy admits around 360 students every year to its undergraduate degree programmes.

        The School of Welsh admits around 35 students every year to its undergraduate degree programme.

        Applications received

        Typical applications received

        The School of Welsh = 130

        The School of English, Communication and Philosophy = 1500


        QAA subject benchmark

        QAA subject benchmark

        Welsh, English

        What are the aims of this Programme?


        Welsh 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. 

        English Language

        English Language is concerned with the structure, use and significance of language, with a particular focus on the English language as it is spoken and written across the world in many different social and professional settings. It studies spoken, written and multimodal texts but also how speakers and hearers learn, interpret and evaluate language and communicational contexts. Studying for a degree in English Language develops abilities to analyse and critique the language and communication that surrounds us but also helps develop strong skills in communicating clearly and effectively. English Language graduates are known for their ability to combine the best of social science skills, such as technical analysis and systematic method, with the best of humanities skills, such as flexibility, communication and critique.  

        The English Language programme at Cardiff combines a strong foundation in linguistic and communicational analysis with plenty of opportunities for students to pursue specific academic and career-related interests. We offer modules in descriptive traditions of language, such as the study of phonetics, grammar and child language, but also in critical traditions such as the study of discourse and the relation between language and power. We also offer a number of modules that are directly relevant to career areas in education, the media, health, and the legal process.

        Joint honours students take at least 40 credits in English Language at Year 1 and 60 credits in each of their two subjects in their second and final years.  In Year 2, you take the two core modules plus one other option. In Year 3, you choose any 3 of the options on offer.

        What is expected of me?

        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 English Language 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 Programme Structured?

        This is a 3 year full time programme, consisting of 120 credits a year.

        Will I need any specific equipment to study this Programme?

        No specific equipment required

        What skills will I practise and develop?


        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. 

        English Language

        Students will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’.

        How will I be taught?


        The BA in Welsh and English Language 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 theSchool of Welsh and 60 credits in English Language. Most modules in the School of 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). 

        English Language

        A diverse range of teaching and learning styles is used throughout the programme. Students attend lectures, participate in seminars and carry out independent research in preparation for each session. Modules usually last one semester and mostly consist in 2 lectures and 1 seminar per week, as well as independent study.

        A few of the modules on the programme are core but most of the modules are optional. Students may take a project or dissertation in Year 3 if they meet the entry requirements as indicated in the Course Guide.Welsh modules involve a range of learning and teaching styles, including (but not limited to) lectures, small-group seminars and workshops or individual tutorials.  Supplementary resources are available through various channels, including Learning Central (the university’s Virtual Learning Environment) and from commercially available software resources for which the School holds licences.

        How will I be assessed?


        During your time studying for a BA in Welsh degree, you will be assessed using each one of the following methods:

        • essays
        • examinations
        • reports
        • individual oral presentations
        • self-appraisals
        • 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. 

        English Language

        The taught modules within the programme are assessed through a variety of methods:

        • Traditional academic essays
        • Data-based essays
        • Projects involving data collection and transcription
        • Formal exams
        • Oral presentations
        • Practical creative projects

        Students will receive individual written feedback on written coursework and group written feedback on exams. 


        In English, written feedback is provided on both formative and summative assessment and students are encouraged to discuss their ideas with module tutors in seminars and, where appropriate, on a one-to-one basis in office hours.

        In Welsh, many of the Year 1 modules involve regular oral feedback on weekly tasks.  In Years 2 and 3 feedback is received in group seminars and workshops, individual lessons and one-to-one tutorials, and in written comments on summative assessments.

        How will I be supported?

        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.

        What are the Learning Outcomes of this Programme?


        A typical BA in Welsh and English Language 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

        English Language

        Graduates from this programme will be able to:

        ·                  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of core areas of English language studies, including phonetics, grammar, semantics, pragmatics and discourse analysis

        ·                  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of empirical linguistic phenomena and of the relevant descriptive terminology so as to have a practical understanding of what language is and how it works in actual use

        ·                  Demonstrate responsiveness to the central role of language in the creation of meaning and a sensitivity to the affective power of language

        ·                  Demonstrate awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning

        ·                  Critically evaluate ideas, arguments and empirical research

        ·                  Collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative (and quantitative) data

        Other information


        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

        English Language

        We have a number of opportunities to study abroad in Europe and the United States, including Erasmus programmes with Basel, Bologna and Helsinki.

        Admissions tutors

        Dr Siwan Rosser , Course Administrator

          Dr Rhiannon Marks , Admissions Tutor

            Dr Mercedes Durham , Admissions Tutor

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