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Welsh and the Professional Workplace (BA)

Entry year


Develop linguistic and professional skills to ensure an interesting career and influence the social, cultural and economic future of modern Wales.

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Course overview

In modern Wales, with the growth of institutions such as the Welsh Government and the introduction of the Welsh Language Standards, the ability to use the Welsh language at a professional level is very appealing to employers. Similarly, there is increasing demand for graduates with vocational skills and experience.

The aim of this exciting, modern and varied programme is to help you to develop the necessary academic and employability skills to prepare you for a career in a range of different fields.

A specific core route with a strong vocational focus is provided which will nurture awareness and skills that are appropriate both for the professional workplace and for studying Welsh.  We will equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to the workplace and specific careers such as translation, linguistic planning and language policy, education or the heritage industry, but there is also emphasis on transferable skills. These will enable the workforce to use Welsh ‘in more practical, creative and interesting ways’ as the First Minister said when he launched the vision for one million Welsh speakers by 2050.

We focus on aspects such as the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, the ability to analyse and interpret the world around you in a critical and creative manner, to create professional texts and documents and the ability to act independently at a high level. The aim is to provide high level academic and vocational skills and experiences, such as reading, interpreting and producing a variety of texts, solving problems, creating strategies and working individually and in a team. One important element of the programme is the opportunity to undertake work experience placements in Years 2 and 3 to apply the knowledge and skills gained in a practical way in the real world of work, and to be mentored by an external practitioner.

Distinctive features

  • Core modules that focus on employability and which incorporates two periods of work experience (in the second and final year) to apply your understanding and skills to the real life workplace.
  • An opportunity to be mentored by a working professional who can provide you with practical advice and guidance as you undertake your work experience and develop your interests.
  • Emphasis on practical research skills which will benefit you throughout your career.
  • Emphasis on independent learning in a supportive atmosphere.
  • A range of diverse optional modules which study the language, its literature and its culture and provide an opportunity to specialise in areas of interest.
  • the experience of being taught by staff who will recognise you as an individual
  • Taught by research-active lecturers who base their teaching on current research of the Welsh discipline.
UCAS codeQ561
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
ModeFull time

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Entry requirements

BBB - BBC, including a B in Welsh (first language) or Welsh (second language). Critical Thinking and General Studies will not be accepted. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DM in BTEC Humanities or Social Science and predicted B in A-Level Welsh First or Second Language.

Achieve IB Diploma with 665 in 3 HL subjects plus a Welsh Language qualification.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Welsh admissions criteria pages.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

GCSE English or Welsh Language Grade C or 4, or an accepted English Language equivalent

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,000None

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Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£17,450None

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Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

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

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

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

The emphasis in year one is on developing key skills (linguistic, analytical, creative and employability) in the fields of language, literature and culture.

We offer two routes – first and second language. Which route you follow is dependent on your experience of Welsh in school, in a professional context or via other language courses.

First-language route

Core modules:

  • Iaith ac Ystyr [Language and Meaning]
  • Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru Gyfoes [The Welsh Language in Contemporary Wales]
  • Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd [Author, Text and Reader]
  • Ysgrifennu Creadigol a Phroffesiynol [Creative and Professional Writing]
  • Mapio’r Cymry [Mapping the Welsh]
  • Herio’r Traddodiad Llenyddol [Challenging the Literary Tradition]

Second-language route

Core modules:

  • Sgiliau Llafar [Oral Skills]
  • Defnyddio’r Gymraeg [Using Welsh]
  • Y Gymraeg Heddiw [The Welsh Language Today]
  • Astudio Testunau Llenyddol [Studying Literatary Works]

Optional modules:

  • Trafod Ein Llên [Studying our Literature]
  • Cymraeg Creadigol a Phroffesiynol [Creative and Professional Welsh]

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

Module titleModule codeCredits
Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
Y Gymraeg HeddiwCY150820 credits
Trafod ein llênCY151020 credits
Cymraeg Creadigol a PhroffesiynolCY151120 credits
Astudio Testunau LlenyddolCY151220 credits
Iaith ac YstyrCY160020 credits
Awdur, Testun a DarllenyddCY160120 credits
Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru GyfoesCY160220 credits
Herio'r Traddodiad LlenyddolCY160320 credits
Mapio'r CymryCY175220 credits
Ysgrifennu Creadigol a PhroffesiynolCY175320 credits

Year two

You will build on the skills and knowledge learnt in Year one. A 40 core credit route will focus on vocational aspects and development of academic and workplace skills. The Yr Iaith ar Waith [The Language in Action] module will include a work experience placement in a workplace where Welsh is used daily.

First-language route

For students who have followed the first langauge route in the first year, the core modules are:

  • Yr Iaith ar Waith [The Language in Action]
  • Treftadaeth a Thwristiaeth [Heritage and Tourism] or Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi Iaith [Linguistic Planning and Language Policy] - these modules are run in alternate years

Second-language route

For students who have followed the second language route in the first year, the core modules are:

  • Yr Iaith ar Waith [The Language in Action]
  • Sgiliau Academiadd Uwch [Advanced Academic Skills]
  • Treftadaeth a Thwristiaeth [Heritage and Tourism] or Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi Iaith [Linguistic Planning and Language Policy] - these modules are run in alternate years

Year two and final year modules provide the opportunity to develop academic and professional skills relevant to a range of different fields of employment and postgraduate study.

Individual optional modules are usually offered in alternative years, and so may be available in the second or final year.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Yr Iaith ar WaithCY220520 credits
Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi IaithCY261020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Dafydd ap GwilymCY210520 credits
Sgiliau Academaidd UwchCY221020 credits
Rhyddiaith DdiweddarCY241020 credits
SgriptioCY270020 credits
Canu'r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990CY281020 credits
Caffael IaithCY291020 credits

Year three

The core modules will once again focus on vocational aspects in the context of the Welsh language. The core modules are:

  • Ymchwilio Proffesiynol [Professional Research]
  • Cyfieithu Proffesiynol [Professional Translation]
  • Treftadaeth a Thwristiaeth [Heritage and Tourism] or Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi Iaith [Linguistic Planning and Language Policy] - these modules are run in alternate years

The Professional Research module will give you an opportunity to produce a 5,000 word essay or project, under the direction of a specialist member of staff. You will apply the skills already developed by completing a further work experience placement in a workplace that is relevant to the field. The Professional Translation module gives you the opportunity to discuss principles and practise skills by receiving direction and feedback on practical translations. This can be an effective way of demonstrating your skills to future employers or it can lead to further research. You will also choose further modules from among the School’s specialist modules.

An attractive feature of this programme is its flexibility – you can choose to follow a literary pathway or a linguistic and sociological pathway and choose from a selection of practical and creative modules. You can also choose a combination of modules which reflect your own particular academic interests and vocational needs.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi IaithCY361020 credits
Cyfieithu ProffesiynolCY370520 credits
Ymchwilio ProffesiynolCY400020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Dafydd ap GwilymCY310520 credits
Rhyddiaith DdiweddarCY341020 credits
Yr Ystafell DdosbarthCY366020 credits
SgriptioCY370020 credits
Canu'r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990CY381020 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.

Learning and assessment

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, detailed analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory, and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. You will gain experience in fields such as team-working, independent research, and time management.

You will be taught in lectures, workshops and seminars. Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the workshops and seminars and develop your own ideas. The workshops and seminars are a practical opportunity for you to research the ideas outlined in the lectures and to complete various tasks.

As a result of engaging fully with this Programme, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, those which are discipline specific as well as more generic ‘academic and employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions about complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • reflect on your academic processes and learn following constructive criticism and incorporating feedback
  • use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development

How will I be supported?

In year 1 you will follow the School of Welsh Personal Tutoring Programme, which will mean meeting your personal tutor regularly (every fortnight during the first semester) both individually and as a group. These sessions will introduce you to important information about specific aspects of your studies, and provide an opportunity to discuss your experiences as a student, e.g. learning and assessment, employability, extenuating circumstances, unfair practice, etc. The second semester programme will include a specific meeting on employability and career path, where there will be an opportunity to discuss your interests as regards the School’s programmes and modules.

This meeting will precede the School Preregistration day (towards the end of the Spring Semester), where students in years 1 and 2 will meet their personal tutor to consider the choice of modules for subsequent years, and get advice on them. Before attending the meeting with your personal tutor you will have received a digital resource from the leaders of the School’s optional modules, giving a short introduction to the modules and important information about them. On School Preregistration day there will be an opportunity for you to discuss and raise any questions for module leaders in a specific ‘question and answer’ session.

The personal tutor will keep a record on the SIMS system of any meetings during the academic year in order to facilitate the advisory process.  Of course, students are welcome to contact their personal tutor at any time during the academic year if they want advice about a module or if they want to consider options in terms of transfers between programmes.

You will also attend a specific meeting every semester as part of the School of Welsh Feedback and Academic Advice Week. The aim of these individual meetings with your personal tutor will be to review and reflect on assessment marks, and the feedback received during the previous semester. It’s a good opportunity to consider your strengths and those areas needing development, as well as setting definite targets for improving your work and academic processes.

As well as receiving regular feedback from your personal tutor, you will have an independent study 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.

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 areas that need strengthening.

Individual assessments and assessments where you work as a group are used and marked by the tutor. For the group presentation your mark will be based on a combination of the group presentation mark and a mark for individual contribution. These two elements will be weighted as follows in terms of the assessment mark:

  • Group mark for the presentation – 40%
  • Individual mark for the presentation – 60%

The marker will consider the product and the process where meaningful in terms of the outcomes of the module (e.g. there may be more emphasis on the product from the perspective of second language Year 1 modules where the mark is determined on the basis of language and expression). The marker will make use of records of group meetings and classroom observation in order to facilitate this element.

Assessments in the form of oral presentations (individual and group) will be based on specific criteria based on the outcomes of the module, and module leaders will offer clear guidelines as regards the responsibilities of students, and opportunities for groups to practise working together and giving an oral presentation.

The final-year dissertation or project module provides you with an opportunity to carry out detailed research into a specific topic of interest to you and to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study; to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material; as well as presenting a clear, cogent argument and drawing appropriate conclusions.

We will provide you with regular feedback on your work. Feedback will be given in a variety of formats on formative and summative tasks (including oral feedback from tutors 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 receive individual feedback on exams and you will be able to discuss your general performance with your personal tutor as part of a student self-assessment monitoring scheme.

What are the learning outcomes of this course/programme?

The learning outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you and academic staff will focus on precisely what they want you to achieve within each Module. 

Knowledge & Understanding:

Students completing the Programme will be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the position and importance of the Welsh language in the contemporary workplace
  • demonstrate a good understanding of the development of the Welsh language and its literature in different periods, from a linguistic, literary and social perspective, and an understanding of some contemporary methods of trying to restore and promote it
  • demonstrate an understanding of a range of texts from different historical periods and genres

Intellectual Skills:

Students completing the Programme will be able to:

  • demonstrate intellectual, practical and professional skills which enable close reading, description, analysis and production of different types of texts (including creative texts)
  • analyse the core role of language in the process of creating meaning, and the ability to appreciate the affective power of language
  • appreciate how cultural preconceptions affect the process of forming opinions
  • critically evaluate texts, concepts and theories which are relevant to the Welsh language and its literature, and discuss them using appropriate vocabulary and terminology

Professional Practical Skills:

Students completing the Programme will be able to:

  • develop skills in an appropriate range of professional contexts to produce standard written Welsh and standard spoken Welsh
  • apply their knowledge, understanding and skills:
    • in the workplace, by completing work experience placements relevant to the degree
    • by reflecting on these experiences, including drawing up a critical analysis of a work experience placement
    • by completing a dissertation or extended project relevant to the degree’s specialist pathway, arising from individual study under the direction of a tutor

Transferable/Key Skills:

Students completing the Programme will be able to:

  • use other language registers, both orally and in writing, in contexts that are relevant to the workplace and more broadly
  • apply numeracy skills in analysing data related to the Welsh language and its literature
  • use information technology to present and analyse materials in an effective and polished manner, including the use of software to correct and improve language

Careers and placements

Career prospects

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 in Cardiff or elsewhere.

In 2016/17, 91% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Jobs

  • Journalist
  • Civil Servant
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Media

Placements

Years 2 and 3 include a period of work experience in a workplace location relevant to the discipline of the Welsh language (up to 35 hours in the case of 'The Language in Action' (Year 2) and a minimum of 35 hours in the case of 'Professional Research' (Year 3)). These periods of work experience are part of a wider programme of events that are planned to focus on employability and career skills development.

Undertaking a period of work experience on location provides a valuable opportunity for you to apply and practise the knowledge and skills you have already gained. It is also a great opportunity for you to gain practical experience of the world of work, to develop new skills and to use the Welsh language in a professional context.

The School has links with a number of employers in Cardiff and district (institutions, companies or schools), and we will use our contacts and our partnerships to offer useful and meaningful experiences for you as students. The list below sets out some of the settings (in the public sector, the private sector and the third sector) which have offered work experience for students from the school of Welsh:

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales (Cardiff and St Fagans)

Glamorgan Archives

BBC Cymru

WJEC

The Welsh Language Commissioner

Cambrensis Company

Prysg Translation Company

Cardiff Council

Green Bay

University of Wales Press

Literature Wales

Menter Caerdydd

Plaid Cymru

S4C

Welsh Language Officer’s Office, College of the Valleys

Welsh Government Translation Unit

Cardiff University Translation Unit

Urdd Gobaith Cymru

The Old Library

secondary and primary schools in the Cardiff area

It should be noted that this is a representative list, and does not show the exact locations which will be available each year

You will receive an expression of interest form during the School Preregistration day (towards the end of your first year), as well as having the opportunity to receive advice on potential placements from your personal tutor. The school will ask you to return the form together with a CV by the end of the Spring Semester.

The School will actively oversee the process of finding work experience by ensuring that the placement is suitable in the context of achieving the outcomes of the module, as well as ensuring that health and safety checks are completed. The school will arrange any DBS checks required (if you attend a school, for example). The School of Welsh will be responsible for paying for these checks as well. If you have a specific link to a location outside Cardiff, the School will consider the suitability of the placement in the case of each individual application.

You will also receive a handbook ‘Undertaking a work experience placement' which will include details and preparatory information regarding the period of work experience, as well as identifying your responsibilities on location (the school will also give employers a handbook to ensure that they are aware of the process and their responsibilities). The tutors of core modules, along with your personal tutor, will be on hand to offer you advice on the process and respond to any problems that may arise during your placement.

Although you will not receive payment or costs in the context of your work experience, undertaking a period of work experience on location can mean that you create valuable contacts in the workplace in Wales, and some students have gone on to secure jobs at those institutions, or similar ones, in due course.

Studying in Welsh

Up to 100% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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