French and Welsh (BA)

Within this degree programme, students will have the opportunity to pair a popular European language with the Welsh language, its literature and culture.

By combining these two courses, students will acquire a wide range of transferable skills that will be valuable in a range of future careers. In addition, students will spend their third year in France, practising and developing their acquired language skills.

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.

France is a major actor on the European and world stage and possesses a rich and sophisticated culture. Its language is more important today than it has ever been.

The course at Cardiff University will enable you to develop your writing skills through a range of exercises including resumes and essays with your oral and aural skills being practised through a varied pool of audio-video material, websites, films and computer programmes. The emphasis on vocational learning means that you will have the option of preparing for the Diplôme de Français des Affaires B2 validated by the prestigious Paris Chamber of Commerce and/or take the DELF/DALF Diplomas awarded by the French Ministry of Education. Both qualifications are highly valued across the world and certify your competency in French language.

Your Year Abroad in the third year provides a great opportunity for you to further improve your French and to fully immerse yourself in another culture.

Key facts

UCAS CodeQR51
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
Studying in WelshThis course offers elements that are taught 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 offerABB, excluding General Studies. Three A-level subjects, including a B in French and a B in Welsh.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core plus grades BB at A-level, to include B in French and B in Welsh.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer33 points overall (to include 5 in French at higher level). To include 6 in some higher level subject. Details of Welsh requirements can be obtained from the School of Welsh.
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.
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Admissions tutor(s)

Mrs Marie-laure Jones, 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.

The BA joint honours is either a three-year or (in the case of Welsh and a modern language where the third year is spent abroad) a four-year programme. It 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 the Year 1 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.

The School of Welsh's 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 1 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.

On both routes, all modules in the School of Welsh are taught through the medium of Welsh.

In year two, the core linguistic modules concentrate 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.

In the final year, you will undertake an extended essay (4,000 or 8,000 words) or project in Welsh 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 these core elements, the BA offers numerous optional modules, including several with have direct relevance to specific fields of employment, such as language planning, scriptwriting and translation. Whatever your interests, there should be optional modules that meet your requirements. 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.

Year one

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 titleModule codeCredits
Modern FranceML619920 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Llenyddiaeth GymraegCY174320 credits
O Destun I DraethawdCY174420 credits
Cyflwyniad I'r GymraegCY174220 credits
Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
Astudio BarddoniaethCY150220 credits
Astudio RhyddiaithCY150320 credits
Diwylliant y GymraegCY175020 credits
Y Gymraeg heddiwCY150420 credits
Y Gymraeg a’r brifddinasCY150520 credits
Diwylliant Cymraeg Dinas CaerdyddCY175120 credits
Mapio’r CymryCY175220 credits
Advanced French Language Year 1ML618840 credits
Beginners French Language Year 1ML618940 credits

Year two

Year three: Sandwich year

Year four

Module titleModule codeCredits
French Language (BA Languages)ML638020 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.

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 Modern Languages
Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping students to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop their own ideas.

Seminars provide an opportunity for students to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment. Seminars would 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. Seminars offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field. It is vital that students prepare for seminars (undertaking any set reading, developing independent critical thought) in order to gain the maximum benefit from the sessions.

Lectures and seminars enable students to develop communication and analytical skills, and to develop critical thinking in a supportive environment.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing students’ 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 enables students to produce their best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling students to develop their strengths and address any weaker areas.

Dissertation: The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and thereby 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.

Pastoral Care: You will be allocated a personal tutor for the entire period you are at the University. Personal tutors are members of the academic staff who are available to students seeking advice, guidance and help.

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 2014, 100% of the School’s graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

School of Modern Languages
In 2013/14, 95% 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 destinations from the School are often international in nature, with many graduates enjoying their overseas student experience to such an extent that they opt to take time out to travel further, or go abroad on graduation in the hope of securing employment. 

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many start work immediately following their studies. Their employment options are varied and many opt to utilise the language skills that they have developed over their degree, in roles such as Translators, Language Assistants, Export Assistants and Proofreaders, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.

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4 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

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Mrs Marie-laure Jones, Admissions Tutor

Dr Siwan Rosser, Course Administrator

Dr Rhiannon Marks, Admissions Tutor


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