Welsh and Journalism (BA)

For the first time, students will have the opportunity to study a Joint Honours degree in Welsh and Journalism.

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.

The overall aim of Journalism is to equip students to become well informed citizens in a media saturated society.

While students will be able to take a number of practical modules, the emphasis of the degree is academic and analytical. Students will study the production, content and reception of journalism and communications. They will have the opportunity to develop academic, professional and digital literacies that are invaluable in the workplace. The study of Welsh provides students with well-developed linguistic and critical skills, as well as a deep understanding of the language's literature and culture. A Joint Honours degree is equal in status to a Single Honours degree, although the time spent on each subject is effectively halved. Applicants to this degree will normally have studied some post-16 qualifications through the medium of Welsh.

Key facts

UCAS CodePQ55
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration3 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 Three A-level subjects excluding General Studies. Please note that this course is not available to second language Welsh students.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core, plus grades BB at A level
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32 points.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
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Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Rhiannon Marks, Course Administrator

Dr Rhiannon Marks, Admissions Tutor

Dr Michael Berry, 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 in July 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.

Year one

Welsh: you will take three compulsory 20 credit modules that focus on the discipline's core areas: describing and analysing the language itself, engaging with literary texts of different genres and from different periods, and the interface between language and culture.

Journalism: you will take three compulsory 20 credit modules that provide foundational conceptual and theoretical frameworks for the study of media and culture. The emphasis here will be on the history of media institutions and media studies, approaches to textual analysis and media in the public sphere, as well as developing the skill required to study journalism at a high level.

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
Cyflwyniad I'r GymraegCY174220 credits
O Destun I DraethawdCY174420 credits
Understanding Journalism StudiesMC157820 credits
Llenyddiaeth GymraegCY174320 credits
History of Mass Communication & CultureMC111020 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Media ScholarshipMC111520 credits
RepresentationsMC111420 credits

Year two

Welsh: you will take one compulsory 20 credit language module and two 20 credit optional modules. The compulsory module focuses on language varieties (including dialects and styles) within the context of contemporary Welsh society. It has a strong practical element, and includes a period of work experience (broadcasting and print journalism are two possible fields). The optional modules may be language- or literature-based, or a combination of the two. Possible fields of study include literature (medieval and modern), literary theory, sociolinguistics, language and technology, and creative writing.

Journalism: you will take one compulsory 20 credit module and two 20 credit optional modules. The modules in Year Two are designed to develop and refine ideas introduced in Year One, and to introduce you to more specific areas of study. The compulsory 20 credit module will teach you the methodological issues involved in doing media research (providing a grounding for advanced projects, such as the dissertation in Year Three), and some of the key theories and analytical work central to two main strands of this part of the degree programme: cultural studies and journalism studies. Optional modules in Year Two will introduce you to some of the main areas in the field, such as audience studies, advertising and media ethics.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r GymunedCY220020 credits
Ysgrifennu CreadigolCY212420 credits
Technoleg Iaith mewn Cymdeithas DdigidolCY380520 credits
SosioieithyddiaethCY353020 credits
Theori a Beirniadaeth LenyddolCY333020 credits
Diwylliant Gwerin a'r Gymru GyfoesCY343020 credits
Williams Pantycelyn a'r EmynCY360520 credits
Sgiliau IaithCY250120 credits
Ysgrifennu AcademaiddCY250220 credits
Yr Ystafell NewyddionMC261520 credits

Year three

Year Three offers you the choice of undertaking a 40 credit dissertation or individual project. Your dissertation or project (around 8,000 words and a presentation) may involve both Welsh and Journalism, or be based on only one of the two disciplines. A 4,000 or 8,000 word project is compulsory in Welsh.

The rest of Year 3 will be based on 20 credit optional modules—you will need to take an overall total of 60 credits in each subject. As in Year Two the optional modules for Welsh will include topics such as literature (medieval and modern), literary theory, sociolinguistics, language and technology, and creative writing. In Journalism likewise, you will be able to pursue a wide range of more specialist and advanced areas of study. All modules, at this level, will involve research-led teaching, and you will be expected to carry out research, writing and new media based projects on these more specific areas of study.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Understanding Media BusinessMC361920 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 (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 Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
A diverse range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the degree scheme. You will attend lectures, participate in seminars and group work, carry out practical tasks, and work experience, and conduct your own independent guided study. You may also have individual tutorials on a dissertation or project.

As noted above, the programme is delivered through a range of core and optional modules that comprise taught lectures supported by a series of smaller tutorial seminars where issues can be discussed in more detail. In each year you are required to take the equivalent of six 20 credit modules. In your second year and third years you begin to specialise by taking a number of optional modules. In Year Three, you may take one 40 credit module instead of two 20 credit modules. The teaching for the Welsh component would be all through the medium of Welsh. Some Journalism modules will be taught wholly or partly in Welsh. See website for full details.

Assessment

The taught modules within the programme are all assessed through one or more of the following in-course assessments;

  • Essays
  • Other types of written coursework (including creative assignments and different kinds of reports, e.g. on work experience);
  • Formal seen and unseen examinations;
  • Class tests (written and/or via computer);
  • Group presentations
  • Oral presentations;
  • Dissertation/project.

Alternative provision may be made for students with disabilities.

Feedback

There are also opportunities for formative assessment: assessments that do not formally count towards the final grade and are an opportunity for you to gain insight and feedback on your progress. We place a particular emphasis on formative assessment in the first year. Feedback is given in written form and in individual or group tutorial sessions. It may be also given in writing or orally (face-to-face or recorded, individually or via groups).

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.

Jobs

  • Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Editor

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September 2016

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Dr Rhiannon Marks, Course Administrator

Dr Rhiannon Marks, Admissions Tutor

Dr Michael Berry, Admissions Tutor


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