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, whether single or joint honours, 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. 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 twenty-first century.

Key facts

UCAS CodeQ560
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
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.
Typical A level offerBBB, including Welsh. 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 Welsh.
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.

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

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.

The BA in Welsh is a three-year programme which 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 first year these cohorts are taught separately. The students of the two routes come together for some modules in year two, and in the final year, everyone is taught together. At the end of the programme all successful students receive the same degree—a BA in Welsh.

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 course offers the opportunity to analyse the bardic tradition of the past as well as more contemporary aspects. The School of Welsh is a friendly school where lecturers are always happy to help.

Anys Jones, Student

Year one

The programme's philosophy is based on developing your 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 three years of the BA in Welsh. For both routes, the emphasis in year one is on developing skills 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 practice their language skills in year one.

Year one first-language route

Students must study at least 80 credits in Welsh. Students may study 120 credits in Welsh or 80 credits in Welsh and 40 credits in another subject. Core and optional modules listed below.

Core modules

  • Cyflwyniad i’r Gymraeg [Introduction to Welsh]
  • Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg [Welsh Literature]
  • O Destun i Draethawd [From Text to Essay]

Optional modules

  • Diwylliant Cymraeg Dinas Caerdydd [Cardiff's Welsh Culture]
  • Mapio’r Cymry [Mapping the Welsh]
  • Diwylliant y Gymraeg [Welsh Culture]
Year one second-language route

Normally, students who have studied A-level Welsh as a second language follow this route. However, we will consider your linguistic skills, both oral and written, before coming to a final decision on which route you will follow. Students must study at least 80 credits in Welsh - core and optional modules listed below. Students may study 120 credits in Welsh or 80 credits in Welsh and 40 credits in another subject.

Core modules

  • Sgiliau Llafar [Oral Skills]
  • Defnyddio’r Gymraeg [Using Welsh]
  • Astudio Barddoniaeth [Studying Poetry]
  • Astudio Rhyddiaith [Studying Prose]

Optional modules

  • Y Gymraeg Heddiw [Welsh Today]
  • 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.

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
Cyflwyniad I'r GymraegCY174220 credits
Llenyddiaeth GymraegCY174320 credits
Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
Astudio BarddoniaethCY150220 credits
Astudio RhyddiaithCY150320 credits
Diwylliant y GymraegCY175020 credits
O Destun I DraethawdCY174420 credits
Diwylliant Cymraeg Dinas CaerdyddCY175120 credits
Mapio'r CymryCY175220 credits
Y Gymraeg heddiwCY150420 credits
Y Gymraeg a'r brifddinasCY150520 credits

Year two

In year two, the core linguistic elements of the programme 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. Over year two and year three, we also provide a series of core modules to enable you to develop a broad understanding of the development of the Welsh language, its literature and culture.

Year two first-language route

You will take one compulsory linguistic core module:

  • Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r Gymuned [Welsh in the Workplace and the Community].
Year two second-language route

You will take two compulsory linguistic core modules.

  • Sgiliau Iaith [Language Skills]
  • Ysgrifennu Academaidd [Academic Writing]
Year two and year three (both routes): compulsory core modules

As well as the compulsory year two modules noted above, single honours students will take the following core modules during year two and the final year:

  • Hanes yr Iaith [History of the Welsh Language]
  • Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd Canol [Reinterpreting Medieval Welsh Literature]
  • Dadeni a Diwygiad 1550-1900 [Renaissance and Revival 1550-1900]
  • Llenyddiaeth er 1900 [Literature since 1900]

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
Dadeni A Diwygiad 1550 - 1900CY231820 credits
Hanes yr IaithCY315020 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r GymunedCY220020 credits
Sgiliau IaithCY250120 credits
Ysgrifennu AcademaiddCY250220 credits
Dafydd ap GwilymCY330520 credits
Rhyddiaith DdiweddarCY341020 credits
Hunaniaeth a Diwylliant y WladfaCY321020 credits
Iaith, Gwleidyddiaeth a GwrthdaroCY371020 credits
Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi IaithCY361020 credits
Canu’r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990CY381020 credits
SgriptioCY212320 credits
Caffael IaithCY391020 credits

Year three

The following modules are compulsory:

  • Blas ar Ymchwil [Research taster]
  • Ymchwilio Estynedig [Extended research]

In the final year, you will have a choice of either a 4,000 or a 8,000 word essay or project (20 or 40 credits), which will be completed under the direction of a member of staff who is an expert in the relevant field. This 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 in Welsh offers numerous optional modules, including several that will have direct relevance to specific fields of employment, such as language planning, scriptwriting and translation. An attractive feature of our programme 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.

Optional modules: year two and year three (both routes)

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

Module titleModule codeCredits
Hanes yr IaithCY315020 credits
Dadeni A Diwygiad 1550 - 1900CY231820 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Cyfieithu ProffesiynolCY370520 credits
Blas ar YmchwilCY390020 credits
Ymchwilio EstynedigCY390540 credits
Dafydd ap GwilymCY330520 credits
Rhyddiaith DdiweddarCY341020 credits
Hunaniaeth a Diwylliant y WladfaCY321020 credits
Iaith, Gwleidyddiaeth a GwrthdaroCY371020 credits
Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi IaithCY361020 credits
Canu’r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990CY381020 credits
SgriptioCY212320 credits
Caffael IaithCY391020 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.

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.

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.


  • Journalist
  • Civil Servant
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Media


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