Sociology and Welsh (BA)

The BA Welsh and Sociology (Joint Honours) gives first-language students the opportunity to combine the study of sociology with the study of the Welsh language, its literature and culture.

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.

Sociology at Cardiff addresses society and globalisation through a comparative approach, drawing on both theoretical perspectives and empirical case studies.

In conjunction with generic skills, such as those associated with Information & Communications Technology, Sociology is a highly marketable qualification offering entry to a wide range of occupations and postgraduate courses. 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.

This programme is normally only open to prospective students who have studied Welsh as a First Language to Advanced Level.  However, we may accept other applicants if their Welsh is of an equivalent standard.   If you do not have A level Welsh, and/or feel that you may be able to follow the First Language Welsh route, whatever your background or qualifications, don't hesitate to contact

Key facts

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 typically has 30 places available
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 100 applications
Typical A level offerBBB. Three A-level subjects excluding General Studies but usually including Welsh. 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 GCE Advanced level including Welsh.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32 points.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.

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

Welsh, Sociology

Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Siwan Rosser, Course Administrator

Ms Rachel Swann, 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.

For more information about the course structures, modules and teaching for these subjects, please visit the individual profiles of Sociology and Welsh.

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
Introduction To Social Science ResearchSI012420 credits
Sociology, Society and Social ChangeSI023720 credits
Cyflwyniad I'r GymraegCY174220 credits
O Destun I DraethawdCY174420 credits
Key Ideas in Social ScienceSI016920 credits
Llenyddiaeth GymraegCY174320 credits

Year two

Students studying this course may take one or two modules from another Academic School, selected from the University’s Free Standing Module Collection.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Inequality & The Division of LabourSI007520 credits
Social Research MethodsSI003020 credits
Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r GymunedCY220020 credits
Social TheorySI006620 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
SgriptioCY212320 credits
Caffael IaithCY391020 credits
Canu’r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990CY381020 credits
Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi IaithCY361020 credits
Iaith, Gwleidyddiaeth a GwrthdaroCY371020 credits
Hunaniaeth a Diwylliant y WladfaCY321020 credits
Rhyddiaith DdiweddarCY341020 credits
Dafydd ap GwilymCY330520 credits
Dadeni A Diwygiad 1550 - 1900CY231820 credits
Hanes yr IaithCY315020 credits

Year three

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 Social Sciences
In the School of Social Sciences you will learn from scholars who are shaping the future of their fields. Our courses reflect both the core ideas of their disciplines and contemporary debates, theories and research.

In year one you will lay the foundations for later specialist study, taking a number of core modules and following a study skills programme designed to help you make the transition to higher education. In years two and three, you will be encouraged to study and learn more independently, giving you the opportunity to read more widely and to develop your own interests

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across the degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects. Depending on your degree scheme, you may also undertake a final year dissertation that will give you the opportunity to focus on one topic in depth and further develop your research and analytic skills.

As social science develops in response to the social world, so too our curriculum changes.  Our students play an important role in these developments, with the Staff-Student Panel being consulted about major changes and all students completing module evaluations and an annual student survey.

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 Social Sciences
In 2013/14, 95% of School of Social Science 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

Please contact the School

Applications received

Typical applications received



QAA subject benchmark

QAA subject benchmark

Welsh, Sociology

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 Sociology and Welsh BA degree programme is designed to equip you with an understanding of how these two subjects complement each other as well as an appreciation of their distinctive concerns. Sociology is an excellent subject to pair with Welsh because of its ability to contextualize and inform our understanding of the changing role that Welsh language and culture are playing in Welsh society, both today and in the past.  Sociology modules are taken in the School of Social Sciences (SOCSI) and Welsh modules in the School of Welsh (WELSH).   

Sociology modules will develop your understanding of, and interest in, contemporary and classical cultural and sociological theories, debates and processes.

In Year one, you take three modules (60 credits) in Welsh and three modules (60 credits) in Sociology.  Sociology modules in Year 1 focus on the discipline’s key theories and debates and on research methods. In Years two and three, you continue to take 60 credits in each of the two Schools, with increasing opportunities for specialism in key subject areas.  

Sociology has a particular focus on identities, making it an ideal subject to partner with Welsh. Your Sociology modules will help you to make sense of the social and cultural contexts of contemporary Wales and its relationship to other nations and linguistic communities.  It will also allow you to understand contemporary debates on the changing place of Welsh and Welshness in Wales, Europe and the world, especially through debates on globalization and the relationship between place, language and identity.

Sociology modules will also allow you to understand important shifts taking place in the worlds of work, leisure and family life in Wales and beyond, transformations in institutions such as the education, welfare, political and legal systems, shifts in the ethnic and linguistic make-up of Britain and Wales, the continuing significance of class, regional and gender inequalities, and debates over new forms of technology, media, scientific innovation and medical intervention. Sociology modules will help you to understand pressing questions raised by studying Wales today, such as society’s prevailing attitudes to immigration, why certain social groups are fascinated with celebrity, how and why young people embrace different identities and whether it is the case that we are becoming a more cosmopolitan or individualised society.

Key concepts in Sociology relate to theoretical concerns that are central to Welsh studies, including identity, cosmopolitanism, conflict, community and belonging; the relationship between individuals, cultural and national institutions, the State and society; the social and cultural implications of capitalist and consumerist forms of exchange; concepts of mobility, solidarities, communities and networks, and value-systems such as environmentalism, national belonging and social movements. Sociology also trains you to identify and assess the evidence supporting or refuting claims made by politicians, religious leaders and the media about the changing nature of society. A defining feature of Sociology at Cardiff is the strong emphasis placed on research methods, enabling you to learn about and apply a range of practical techniques for answering your own questions about the social world.

Degree programmes in SOCSI and WELSH reflect the National Qualification Framework and benchmark standards of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) ( 

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 Sociology 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. 


Most SOCSI modules are 20 credits. Typically you are expected to give 160 hours of time to each of them: this is made up of lectures (22-24 hrs), seminars/workshops (8-10 hours) and private study time.  You should make it a priority to attend lectures and are required to attend all seminars.

You are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.

In SOCSI we take seriously the responsibility we share with you to support your learning and so if you have particular requirements it is helpful if you let us know.  In some instances you may just want to talk to the module convenor or seminar tutor.  We also have a Disabilities contact. Your confidentiality is respected. 

How is this course/programme structured?

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

What should I know about year four?

Not applicable

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. 


You will be given opportunities to acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These include: communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (individually and as part of a team); using ICT (word processing, data bases, internet communication, information retrieval and on-line searches); interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information through compulsory year 1 and 2 research methods modules; demonstrating interpersonal skills to enable team/group work; recognising, recording and communicating skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals; managing  learning and performance (including time management); demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.

The Research Methods module in the Second Year provides you with an opportunity to carry out your own small-scale empirical project, guided by regular meetings with an academic specialising in the topic area.  This helps you become confident with self-guided study as well as gain experience of a broad range of practical research skills.  Supervision sessions in both modules provide the opportunity to discuss emergent issues and negotiate individual learning outcomes. This will develop collaborative, time-management, communication and presentational skills.

What should I know about the preliminary year?


The BA in Welsh and Sociology 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 the School of Welsh and 60 credits in Sociology. Most modules in the School of Welsh are 20 credits in length. Students studying Welsh and a modern language will spend the third year of their degree programme abroad, before returning to complete their final year.  

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). 


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 conduct your own independent guided study.   Teaching takes place across the university campus.

The programme is delivered through a range of core and optional modules which 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 six (20 credit) modules.

In the first year of study, you take compulsory modules such as Key Ideas in Social Science and Social Science Research and choose other related topics from a specified list.

In your second year and third years you begin to specialise in key Sociology topics.  In the second year you have the opportunity to undertake a group research project under the guidance of a member of staff

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:

  • 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. 


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

  • Essays and coursework;
  • Formal seen and unseen examinations;
  • Class tests;
  • Written reports;
  • Group presentations
  • Oral presentations;
  • Dissertation.

There are also opportunities for formative assessment: assessments which do not formally count towards the final grade and an opportunity for you to gain insight and feedback on your progress. We place a particular emphasis on formative assessment in the first year.

Alternative provision may be made for students with disabilities.

Other information


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.


You will be given feedback on your coursework and on exam performance.  You will be assigned a personal tutor with whom you can meet on an individual basis. Your personal tutor can also provide you with additional feedback and support in reflecting on, and improving your practice. Many modules provide formative assessment, in which you are given feedback and a grade that does not count towards your final mark.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment ‘Blackboard’, on which you will

find course materials and links to related readings. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are made available through the ‘Personal Development Planning’ module and through scheduled meetings with personal tutors.

Distinctive features


A typical BA in Welsh and Sociology 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:

  • understand key concepts and theoretical approaches that have been developed and are developing within Sociology and Welsh
  • appraise sociological and cultural theories and assess them in relation to evidence
  • demonstrate an awareness of social change, the nature of social processes underpinning them and their implications for social diversity and inequality
  • appraise and use a range of qualitative and quantitative research strategies and methods
  • demonstrate awareness of the distinctive character of sociology in relation to the discipline of Welsh and also its relationship to everyday explanations.
  • demonstrate intellectual independence, critical engagement, personal and academic communication skills.

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


The distinctive features of the programme include:

·      the opportunity for students to learn in a School which performed extremely well in the 2008 RAE, coming first in the unit of assessment for research power and within the top five centres on most other indicators

·      the involvement of research-active staff in Scheme design and delivery

·      the emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment

·      the variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School

·      progression through core and specialist option modules

·      an emphasis on developing practical research skills that will serve students well in the future

·      the opportunity to study abroad

Admissions tutors

Dr Siwan Rosser, Course Administrator

Ms Rachel Swann, Admissions Tutor

Dr Rhiannon Marks, Admissions Tutor

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.


Get information and advice about making an application, find out when the key dates are and learn more about our admissions criteria.

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