Welsh and Journalism (BA)
For the first time, students will have the opportunity to study a Joint Honours degree in Welsh and Journalism.
By combining Welsh and Journalism, you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge, opening the doors to a variety of career paths.
You may find studying a joint honours degree both stimulating and rewarding as you observe similarities and differences between the two subjects.
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.
The overall aim of Journalism is to equip students to become well informed citizens in a media saturated society and begins from the assumption that to understand modern society, we need to understand the central role played by media and cultural industries.
While you will be able to take some practical modules, the emphasis of the degree is academic and analytical.
NOTE: This joint degree course is usually available only to those who have studied Welsh as a first language. Applicants to this degree will normally have studied some post-16 qualifications through the medium of Welsh. If you have not done this but feel your Welsh is of an equivalent standard, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- media modules are as diverse as Managing Media Communications, War Politics and Propaganda and Communicating Causes
- 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
- you will have access to Erasmus and Study Abroad schemes
- careers weeks and workshops organised regularly to ensure your readiness for the ‘world of work’
|Next intake||September 2016|
|Studying in Welsh||Up to 83% of this course is available 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||ABB Three A-level subjects excluding General Studies. Please note that this course is not available to second language Welsh students.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grade A in the Core, plus grades BB at A level.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||30 points.|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course|
This is a three-year full-time degree, consisting of 120 credits a year. Most modules are worth 20 credits.
You will take 120 credits in all, 60 credits in Welsh and 60 in Journalism.
The emphasis in year one is on developing key skills (linguistic, analytical, creative and employability) in the fields of language and literature. You will all follow a set number of modules with an appropriate number of contact hours.
For Welsh 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]
The three compulsory Journalism modules provide a foundation of conceptual and theoretical frameworks for the study of media and culture. The emphasis is on the history of media institutions and media studies, approaches to textual analysis and media in the public sphere, as well as helping you develop the skill required to study journalism at a high level.
You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Journalism.
In year two Welsh, you will build on the skills and knowledge acquired in year one. The core linguistic elements of the 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 (broadcasting and print journalism are two possible fields).
Alongside these core elements, the Welsh 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 Journalism you will take one compulsory 20 credit module to explain media research (giving a foundation for advanced projects) and introduce some of the key theories and analytical work central to cultural studies and journalism studies. You will take two optional modules, which may introduce you to areas such as audience studies, advertising and media ethics.
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You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Journalism.
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 additional optional modules.
You will have the choice of undertaking an optional 40-credit dissertation or individual project. This may involve both Welsh and Journalism, or be based on only one of the subject areas.
All modules at this level will involve conducting independent research and applying theoretical ideas and approaches to practical and/or analytical work.
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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.
All modules in the School of Welsh are taught through the medium of Welsh.
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.
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
School of Welsh
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’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.
School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
In 2013/14, 96% of our graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Many graduates progress onto our postgraduate journalism, public relations and communications Masters degrees and from there to various jobs in the media.
Recent examples of entry level jobs include: content author, digital media executive, social media policy adviser, research intern, editorial intern, reporter, PR executive/assistant, policy intern, campaign executive, teaching assistant and also project manager.
Having progressed from entry level jobs our alumni now hold numerous media and administration roles such as: production journalist (Telegraph Media Group), magazine editor (The Independent), senior press officer (Guardian News & Media), film producer (See Saw Films) and digital campaigns & community manager (Ruder Finn).
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.
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.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
You will not need any specific 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.
Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.