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Second Language Route

The ability to communicate clearly and confidently throught the medium of Welsh is a key skill during your degree scheme. It is also key to being able use the language effectively in social contexts.

The second language route offers an excellent opportunity to develop your fluency and confidence as well as opportunities to study various langage and literature modules. You will also develop key transferrable skills for the workplace.

Year 1

During the first year, students following the second language route  will complete 4 modules in Welsh. These will focus on the following skills:



Year 2 and final year

During the second year and final year of the degree scheme, both second language students and first language students are mainly taught together.

You will complete two modules on the second language route – ‘Sgiliau Iaith’ (Language skills) and ‘Ysgrifennu Academaidd’ (Academic Writing). These modules will continue to develop your confidence and fluency through various written and oral tasks and activities. You will also look at how to use the langauge in different contexts and how to analyse texts.


Informal and extra-curricular activities

You will complete a period of work experience during the degree scheme – a valuable experience which will be of use to you after you graduate.

You will also have opportunities to use the Welsh language through informal language sessions and extra-curricular activites arranged by the School of Welsh.


Laura Howells
former pupil at St Cenydd Comprehensive

‘The School of Welsh is the most welcoming and friendly School in the University. The staff are ready to help with any problems. As a second language student, my Welsh language skills have improved greatly.'

Joseph Woodland
former pupil at Pontllanffraith Comprehensive

‘Studying Welsh at Cardiff is a lot of fun. It's easy to talk to the lecturers about anything. It feels like one big family.'

Sean Howe
former student at Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen

'During the past year, my confidence to use the Welsh language has developed enormously. I feel I can use my oral skills anywhere and I have received a lot of support.'

Laura Jackson
former pupil at Cowbridge Comprehensive

'I'm glad I chose to study Welsh at Cardiff University.'