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Welsh and the Professional Workplace (BA) Part time

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The aim of this exciting, contemporary and varied programme is to produce graduates who have first class academic and employability skills to prepare them for a successful career in a range of different fields.

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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

The following are among the most significant features of this Programme:

  • A part-time programme which offers flexibility in terms of individual needs within the learning and study structure of undergraduate programmes at the School of Welsh
  • an opportunity to follow a path which emphasises vocational elements and develops practical skills to prepare you for the contemporary professional workplace
  • a Programme rooted in the discipline of Welsh and which develops skills that are relevant to both academia and the workplace
  • core modules that focus on employability and which provide an opportunity to undertake work experience placements in the years that correspond to Years 2 and 3 of the full-time Programme, in order to apply your understanding and skills to the real life workplace
  • the emphasis on practical research skills that will bring you benefit throughout your career
  • the 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
  • the experience of being taught by lecturers who are research active, and who base their teaching on research in the discipline of Welsh

Applying for 2019 or 2020

UCAS codeDirect entry
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration6 years
ModePart time

Entry requirements

BBB - BCC, including a B in Welsh (first language) or Welsh (second language). Please note, General Studies will not be accepted.  Candidates who have not studied Welsh at A-level, but whose Welsh is of an equivalent standard, may still be eligible to apply. Please contact the School to discuss.

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.

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. 

Achieve IB Diploma with 665-655 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 sub-score.

TOEFL iBT

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

PTE Academic

62 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.

You will require GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C. 

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

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 part-time Programme that can be completed over a period of up to 8 years. 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 120 credits over a period of two years. The School will advise you, via the personal tutor, about the best balance in terms of modules.

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

The emphasis 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.

Usually, students who have studied A-level Welsh as a second language will 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]
  • 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 Critical Writing]
  • 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]
  • Y Gymraeg Heddiw [The Welsh Language Today]
  • Astudio Llenyddiaeth [Studying Literature]
  • Cymraeg Creadigol a Phroffesiynol [Creative and Professional Welsh]
  • Darllen y Gorffennol [Reading the Past]

All modules along both routes in the School of Welsh are taught through the medium of Welsh.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
Trafod ein llĂȘnCY151020 credits
Cymraeg Creadigol a PhroffesiynolCY151120 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

Module titleModule codeCredits
Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
Trafod ein llĂȘnCY151020 credits
Cymraeg Creadigol a PhroffesiynolCY151120 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 three

You will study between 40 and 80 credits every year. The School will advise you, via the personal tutor, about the best balance in terms of modules.

You will build on the skills and knowledge learnt in the first two years.  A core 40 credit route will focus on vocational aspects and the development of academic  and workplace skills. The module Yr Iaith ar Waith [The Language in Action] will include a work experience placement in a workplace where Welsh is used daily. It will be possible to discuss with the School any specific needs involved in undertaking the period of work experience on the part-time programme.

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)

These are specialist modules which consider aspects of the Welsh Language in contemporary Wales and which apply skills in a practical way. The Heritage and Tourism module analyses the relationship of the Welsh language with aspects such as the cultural heritage and tourism industry in Wales. The aim of the Linguistic Planning and Language Policy module is to analyse how linguistic planning theories and models can contribute to the language policy framework in Wales.

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

  • Yr Iaith ar Waith [The Language in Action]:
  • Darllen a Dehongli [Reading and Interpretation]
  • 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 Reading and Interpretation module will focus on developing skills in reading, analysing and responding to texts, as well as presenting knowledge both orally and in writing.

As well as these core elements, BA in Welsh and the Professional Workplace students will also choose 60-80 credits from among the School’s optional modules in the years that correspond to Year 2 and Year 3 of the full-time Programme, including some which are directly relevant to employment areas such as Language Technology, The Classroom and Scriptwriting.

Usually individual optional modules are offered every other year. Part-time students will receive advice from their personal tutor to ensure an appropriate balance in terms of modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Yr Iaith ar WaithCY220520 credits
Treftadaeth a ThwristiaethCY266520 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Sgiliau Academaidd UwchCY221020 credits

Year four

Module titleModule codeCredits
Yr Iaith ar WaithCY220520 credits
Treftadaeth a ThwristiaethCY266520 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Sgiliau Academaidd UwchCY221020 credits

Year five

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.

Once again, the School will advise you, via the personal tutor, about the best balance in terms of modules, together with any specific needs involved in undertaking the period of work experience on the part-time programme.

An attractive feature of these modules is their variety – you can study literary modules, medieval and/or modern, language studies, or you may choose a combination of modules which reflect your own particular academic interests and vocational needs.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Treftadaeth a ThwristiaethCY366520 credits
Cyfieithu ProffesiynolCY370520 credits
Ymchwilio ProffesiynolCY400020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Yr Ystafell DdosbarthCY366020 credits

Year six

Module titleModule codeCredits
Treftadaeth a ThwristiaethCY366520 credits
Cyfieithu ProffesiynolCY370520 credits
Ymchwilio ProffesiynolCY400020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Yr Ystafell DdosbarthCY366020 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 to 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 incorporate 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 your first year you will follow the School of Welsh Programme of Personal Tutoring, which will mean regular meetings with your personal tutor (every fortnight during the first semester, but that can be discussed with the School to ensure a suitable balance). These sessions will provide you with important information on particular aspects of your study, and give you an opportunity to discuss your experiences as a student, e.g. learning and assessment, employability, extenuating circumstances, unfair practice, etc. The programme of the second semester of the second year will include a specific meeting on employability and career path, where there will be an opportunity to discuss your interests with regard to the School’s programmes and modules.

This meeting will precede the School Preregistration day (towards the end of the Spring Semester in your second year), where you will meet your personal tutor to consider your 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 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 provide a qualification which is highly desirable for jobs and roles that require bilingual personnel. Many of our graduates are now in careers in areas such as law, politics, media, performing arts, administration and education, or are studying at postgraduate level here in Cardiff or somewhere else.

In 2014/15, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported that they were in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Jobs

  • Journalist
  • Civil Servant
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Media

Placements

The years which correspond to years 2 and 3 of the full-time programme 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 of the full-time programme) and a minimum of 35 hours in the case of 'Professional Research' (year 3 of the full-time programme)). 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 second year), as well as having the opportunity to receive advice on potential placements and on ensuring an appropriate balance in terms of the part-time Programme, 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 location 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.

Data from Unistats is not yet available for this course.

Data from Unistats is not yet available for this course.

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