Welsh (BA)

Our BA in Welsh is a socially-relevant programme which is taught by one of the foremost schools of its kind.

The BA in Welsh 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 is a three-year course with 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 first year these cohorts are taught separately for most of the time. The students of the two routes come together for most modules in year two, and in the final year, everyone is taught together.

The course offers a range of core and optional modules to give you a grounding in Welsh language and literature as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal or vocational interest. Another key aim is to enable you to find inspiration and fulfilment in the study of the Welsh language and its culture.

In contemporary Wales, with the growth of the Welsh Government and the introduction of the Welsh Language Act, the ability to work professionally through the medium of Welsh could be attractive to employers. Studying at Cardiff is an opportunity to benefit from socially-relevant research which is contributing to the development of Welsh in the 21st century.

Distinctive features

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
  • 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

I chose to study Welsh at Cardiff University because it's a modern subject with a long literary tradition. The variety of modules offered by the School of Welsh appealed to me, particularly the creative modules and Blas ar Ymchwil ('Introduction to Research'). The School of Welsh is a friendly school where lecturers are always happy to help.

Anys Jones, Welsh Student

Key facts

UCAS CodeQ560
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshThis course is available exclusively through the medium of Welsh
Typical places availableThe School typically has 30 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 100 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Welsh admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offerBBC, including Welsh (first language). No other specific subjects required, but A-levels must include a minimum of 2 traditional academic subjects BBB, including Welsh (second language). No other specific subjects required, but A-levels must include a minimum of 2 traditional academic 
subjects.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerPass the Advanced Diploma with Grade B in the Core and grades BB at A-level, including B in Welsh (first language).  Pass the Advanced Diploma with Grade B in the Core and grades BB at A-level, including Welsh (second language).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer30 points, including at least 5 in Welsh at Higher Level.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.Candidates without Wesh at A Level but whose Welsh is of equivalent standard may still be eligible to apply. Please contact the School to discuss. 

This is a three-year full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year. Most modules are worth 20 credits.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

You will study six 20 credit modules (120 credits in total) in Welsh.

The emphasis in year one is on developing key skills (linguistic, analytical, creative and employability) in the fields of language and literature, and all students follow a set number of modules with an appropriate number of contact hours. The School will also provide additional arrangements for second language students to develop and practise their language skills.

In year one, normally students who have studied A-level Welsh as a second language follow the second-language route, but we will consider your linguistic skills, both oral and written, before deciding which route you will follow.

For the first-language route 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]

For the first-language route the optional modules are:

  • Diwylliant Cymraeg Dinas Caerdydd [Cardiff's Welsh Culture]
  • Mapio’r Cymry [Mapping the Welsh]
  • Herio’r Traddodiad Llenyddol [Challenging the Literary Tradition]

For the second-language route the core modules are:

  • Sgiliau Llafar [Oral Skills]
  • Defnyddio’r Gymraeg [Using Welsh]
  • Astudio Llenyddiaeth [Studying Literature]
  • Y Gymraeg Heddiw [The Welsh Language Today]

For the second-language route the optional modules are:

  • Darllen y Gorffennol [Reading the Past]
  • Y Gymraeg a’r Brifddinas [Welsh and the Capital City]

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

Module titleModule codeCredits
Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
Y Gymraeg a'r brifddinasCY150520 credits
Astudio LlenyddiaethCY150620 credits
Darllen y GorffennolCY150720 credits
Y Gymraeg HeddiwCY150820 credits
Iaith ac YstyrCY160020 credits
Awdur, Testun a DarllenyddCY160120 credits
Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru GyfoesCY160220 credits
Herio'r Traddodiad LlenyddolCY160320 credits
Diwylliant Cymraeg Dinas CaerdyddCY175120 credits
Mapio'r CymryCY175220 credits

Year two

In year two, 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.

For the first-language route the compulsory linguistic core module is:

  • Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r Gymuned [Welsh in the Workplace and the Community]

For the second-language route the compulsory linguistic core modules are:

  • Sgiliau Iaith [Language Skills]
  • Ysgrifennu Academaidd [Academic Writing]

Alongside these core elements, the BA in Welsh offers optional modules in years two and three, including several with direct relevance to specific fields of employment, such as language planning, scriptwriting and translation.

Individual optional modules are normally offered in alternative years, and so may be available in year two or in year three.

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
Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd CanolCY310020 credits
Llenyddiaeth er 1900CY320020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Ysgrifennu CreadigolCY212420 credits
Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r GymunedCY220020 credits
Sgiliau IaithCY250120 credits
Ysgrifennu AcademaiddCY250220 credits
Llenyddiaeth PlantCY331020 credits
Theori a Beirniadaeth LenyddolCY333020 credits
TafodieithegCY345020 credits
SosioieithyddiaethCY353020 credits
Credoau'r CymrySE440020 credits

Year three

In year three 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.

An attractive feature of our course is its flexibility – you may specialise in literary studies, medieval and/or modern, language studies, or you may take a combination of modules reflecting your own particular academic interests and vocational needs. You will also choose more optional modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd CanolCY310020 credits
Llenyddiaeth er 1900CY320020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Ysgrifennu CreadigolCY212420 credits
Llenyddiaeth PlantCY331020 credits
Theori a Beirniadaeth LenyddolCY333020 credits
TafodieithegCY345020 credits
SosioieithyddiaethCY353020 credits
Cyfieithu ProffesiynolCY370520 credits
Blas ar YmchwilCY390020 credits
Ymchwilio EstynedigCY390540 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.

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. There is also an important role to be played by tutorials, workshops and language classes (especially for students following the second language route).

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. 

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.

Feedback

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. Students will be given individual 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 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

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 at Cardiff or elsewhere.

In 2013/14, 100% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Jobs

  • Journalist
  • Civil Servant
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Media

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

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.