English Literature and Welsh (BA)
The BA English Literature and Welsh is an opportunity to study two honours courses at University.
The Joint Honours degree in English Literature 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.
Our curriculum offers access to the whole span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twenty-first century. Nor is the curriculum restricted to the printed word: we are intrigued by the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language, and popular culture, and our teaching reflects these interests.There are no compulsory modules in English Literature at Cardiff after year one. We give you choice – but we also give you the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions from a diverse range of options which includes Creative Writing.You are free to follow a traditional programme covering multiple periods and genres or to build a more distinctive mix of modules combining literary study with analysis of other cultural forms.
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, historical contexts or recent research.
|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.|
|Typical applications received||The School of Welsh typically receives 100 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||AAB including an A in English Literature or English Literature and Language or Creative Writing and Welsh. General Studies is not accepted.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding English Literature or English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing for English Literature degrees, and excluding Welsh.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||35 points, 6 points each required from English and one other subject, both at higher level.|
|Other qualifications||Applications 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.
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Dr Siwan Rosser, Course Administrator
Dr Anthony Mandal, Admissions Tutor
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.
First language students will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in English Literature, while second language students will take 80 credits in Welsh and 40 credits in English Literature.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Cyflwyniad I'r Gymraeg||CY1742||20 credits|
|Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg||CY1743||20 credits|
|O Destun I Draethawd||CY1744||20 credits|
|Sgiliau llafar||CY1500||20 credits|
|Defnyddio'r Gymraeg||CY1501||20 credits|
|Astudio Barddoniaeth||CY1502||20 credits|
|Astudio Rhyddiaith||CY1503||20 credits|
|Diwylliant y Gymraeg||CY1750||20 credits|
You will usually take 60 credits in English Literature and 60 credits in Welsh.
You will usually take 60 credits in English Literature and 60 credits in Welsh.
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 (especially for those following the second language route).
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
The School of English, Communication and Philosophy offers intellectually stimulating programmes of study, shaped by the latest research. 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.
School of Welsh
The demand for Welsh speakers 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.
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.
The School of Welsh = 130
The School of English, Communication and Philosophy = 1500
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Overview and aims of this course/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.
The BA (Joint Honours) in Welsh and English Literature offers candidates the opportunity to pursue an advanced programme of study, dividing their modules equally between Welsh, English literature and in the first year potentially one further subject area. While the programme stipulates no compulsory modules in either Welsh or English, it enables students to gain experience of a wide range of literary texts, periods, movements and genres. The option, offered by both subjects, to write a dissertation in the final year enables students if they wish to choose a topic that draws on both disciplines of the degree. The programme is especially suited to those seeking a career in teaching or academia, arts administration or areas in which music sits alongside other disciplines, but it can just as effectively lead on to other types of graduate employment, or provide the foundation for postgraduate study in music, English or other humanities subjects.
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 English Literature 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.
Students are expected to:
- attend punctually all timetabled classes (i.e. lectures, seminars, tutorials and instrumental/vocal lessons), notifying the relevant School (in advance where possible) in cases of unavoidable absence.
- prepare adequately for and contribute to seminars and tutorials.
- complete their assessments on time, following the instructions given.
- engage in between three and six hours of independent study (or private practice) for every taught hour of study. Increasing independence of learning is expected in both subjects as the programme progresses.
- familiarize themselves with School and University policies and regulations (e.g. School handbooks).
The programme seeks to integrate disabled students as fully as possible into academic life by making existing classes as accessible as possible and, in the rare cases where these attempts prove inadequate, to provide an alternative, active learning experience of equivalent quality. A student who experiences a change in their personal circumstances (e.g. maternity/paternity) should consult their personal tutor with a view to following the university guidelines on Interruption of Study.
Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.
How is this course/programme structured?
This is a 3 year full time programme, consisting of 120 credits a year.
What should I know about year four?
No specific equipment required
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.
In addition to the discipline-specific skills outlined in the learning outcomes above, the programme fosters a range of generic and employability skills. These include
- advanced oral and written communication skills
- analytical thinking
- independent learning, and the ability to use electronic and other sources of information appropriate to the project chosen
- critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice)
- coping with uncertainty/complexity
- creativity and innovative thinking
- digital and IT literacy
- the ability to direct their own academic and professional development
What should I know about the preliminary year?
The BA in Welsh and English Literature 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 study60 credits in theSchool of Welsh and 60 credits in English Literature. 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).
In English teaching is by means of a combination of lectures and seminars, with all modules including seminar or small-group teaching. The learning activities will vary from module to module as appropriate, but may include such activities as: interactive lectures, seminar discussions of prepared texts/topics, student presentations or group presentations, small-group work within seminars, translation classes, formative writing exercises, journal entries, and film showings. Students are expected to do the reading and other relevant preparation to enable them to take a full part in these activities and are encouraged to explore the resources of the library as appropriate.
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.
Requests for reasonable adjustment in the provision of teaching and/or learning materials can be made to the Schools’ Disability contacts, who will liaise with the Disability and Dyslexia Centre as required.
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.
In English, most modules are assessed by means of essay and/or examination, but some include other forms of assessment such as journal entries, a portfolio, or presentations. Emphasis in assessment is placed on the writing of clear, persuasive and scholarly essays presented in a professional manner. All modules offer the opportunity to undertake formative work appropriate to the module.
Assessment in Welsh may involve any one or a number of the following:
- Group work
- Continuous assessment
- Written examinations
- Oral presentations
Guidance on specific provision and reasonable adjustments in assessment for disabled students or those affected by the consequences of ongoing illness or injury are set out in School Handbooks. Adjustments to the conduct of an assessment are usually possible unless the mode of assessment is integral to the learning outcomes of the module concerned (e.g. performance as a mode of assessment on a performance module). Such competence standards may sometimes limit the availability of adjustments or alternative assessments in English too: such restrictions are noted in the Module Descriptions.
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.
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.
Every student is assigned a personal tutor in each School and will meet him/her for regular progress meetings. There are forms to complete before each meeting: these are designed to help you reflect on the written feedback and the reasons for the marks you have received from the previous round of assessment. You should take the opportunity to discuss this feedback and your reflections on it with your personal tutor.
In addition, students may make appointments to see their personal tutor or module leaders on a one-to-one basis about any issues. Staff may also be contacted by email.
Use of Learning Central, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, will vary from module to module as the module leader feels appropriate for the specific contents of the module but will normally at least include making lecture handouts available online.
Careers advice is available from the Schools’ designated career consultants in the university Careers Service
A typical BA in Welsh and English Literature 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 demonstrate:
- an awareness of different literary periods, movements and genres of English literature and the critical issues and/or debates surrounding them.
- an ability to select and organize material purposefully and cogently and to handle complex ideas with clarity.
- an ability to analyse and interpret texts drawn from a diversity of literary periods, applying high-level critical skills of close analysis.
- a significant degree of specialist knowledge and understanding in one or more of the following: Welsh language, history and culture.
- knowledge of appropriate critical vocabulary and terminology.
- an awareness of the shaping effects of social, historical and cultural circumstances on the production and meaning of both Welsh and text(s).
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 Siwan Rosser, Course Administrator
Dr Anthony Mandal, Admissions Tutor
Dr Rhiannon Marks, Admissions Tutor
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