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Welsh and Education (BA)

Entry year

Education and Welsh BA (Joint Honours) gives first-language Welsh students the opportunity to combine study of Welsh with educational policy and development theory – leading onto a number of different possible career routes within the education system in Wales.

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Course overview

Many students find studying a joint honours programme stimulating and rewarding as they are able to observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects. By combining Welsh and education, you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial for your future.


The Welsh course 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 offers core and optional modules to give you a grounding in language and literature as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal or career interest.


Our Education teaching is informed by our research in education and the latest developments in policy and practice, encompassing aspects of culture and identity, childhood and youth, gender and ethnicity, and social justice and inclusion.

Core modules are aimed at developing a deep understanding of the social, historical, political, economic and developmental contexts of education – in Wales, the UK and internationally.

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.

Both Schools involved in delivering this degree offer a challenging course of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent student-staff relations.

NOTE: This joint degree programme is usually available only to those who have studied Welsh as a first language at A-level. If you have not done this but feel your Welsh is of an equivalent standard, email

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


  • Although this is not a teaching qualification, it is a chance to study education in ways that go beyond a focus on teaching practice. You will study the wider debates around education, laying the foundation for a wide variety of careers.
  • Our close links with policy makers, as well as local schools, colleges and other education/training organisations, provide opportunities for you to actively engage with educators and practice
  • The opportunity for you to learn in a School that was ranked 3rd in the UK for research quality in sociology and 5th for education in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF)
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching
  • The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment
  • The variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School
  • The opportunity to study abroad
UCAS codeQX53
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe School of Welsh typically has 30 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of Welsh typically receives 100 applications.
  1. School of Social Sciences

    Glamorgan Building

    King Edward VII Avenue


    CF10 3WA

  2. School of Welsh

    John Percival Building

    Colum Drive


    CF10 3EU

  3. Welsh School of Architecture

    Bute Building

    King Edward VII Avenue


    CF10 3NB

Entry requirements

BBB-BBC including a B in Welsh First Language. Please note, Welsh Second Language 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 subjects accepted plus grade B in A Level Welsh First 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 Social Sciences and School of Welsh admissions criteria pages.


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.


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

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

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)

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Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

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

You should be prepared to invest in some key text books and to cover the costs of basic printing and photocopying. You may also want to buy copies of other books, either because they are particularly important for your course or because you find them particularly interesting.

If you have a laptop computer you will have the option of purchasing software at discounted prices.

Course specific equipment

You will not need any specific equipment.


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 course consisting of 120 credits a year.  The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.

In year one you will lay the foundations for later specialist study, taking a number of core modules and following a study skills programme designed to help you make the transition to higher education. In years two and three, you will be encouraged to study and learn more independently, giving you the opportunity to read more widely and to develop your own interests. The final year also includes the option to study a 40 credit dissertation.

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

Year one is a foundation year to give you the skills for advanced study and an overview of the two subjects to inform your later choices. Our personal tutor programme will help you to make the transition to higher education.

You will take 120 credits in total, equally split between 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Education.


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.

For Welsh the core modules are:

  • Iaith ac Ystyr [Language and Meaning] (20 credits)
  • Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd [Author, Text and Reader] (20 credits)
  • Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru Gyfoes [The Welsh Language in Contemporary Wales] (20 credits)


For Education, the core modules are

  • Introduction to social science research (20 credits)
  • Key ideas in social science (20 credits)
  • An introduction to education (20 credits)

Year two

You will again take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Education.

Your personal tutor will help you to choose modules that best suit your interests and future career choices.


In year two Welsh, 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.

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

CORE 1x20 credits:

CY2205 Yr Iaith are Waith (20 credits)

OPTIONAL 2x20 credits:

CY2123 Sgriptio (20 credits)

CY3305 Dafydd ap Gwilym (20 credits)

CY3410 Rhyddiaith Ddiweddar (20 credits)

CY3510 Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi Iaith (20 credits)

CY3610 Iaith, Gwleidyddiaeth a Gwrthdaro (20 credits)

CY3710 Canu’r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990 (20 credits)

CY3810 Canu’r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990 (20 credits)

CY3910 Caffael Iaith (20 credits)


You will take two core 20-credit modules from the Education portfolio as well as a 20-credit core module specialising in research design as listed below.

Students must take 60 credits as follows:

  • Social Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Sociology of Education (20 credits)
  • What Happens in Schools: Assessing Policy in Practice (20 credits)

Year three

You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Education.


In Welsh, it is compulsory to choose one of the following 20 credit modules:

Blas ar Ymchwil [Research Taster] (20 credits)

Ymchwilio Estynedig [Extended Research] (20 credits)

You have a choice of an essay or project of 5,000 words (20 credits) or 9,000 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. You will also choose more optional modules.


CY2123 Sgriptio (20 credits)

CY2318 Dadeni a Diwygiad 1550-1900 (20 credits)

CY3150 Hanes yr Iaith (20 credits)

CY3305 Dafydd ap Gwilym (20 credits)

CY3410 Rhyddiaith Ddiweddar (20 credits)

CY3610 Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi Iaith (20 credits)

CY3660 Yr Ystafell Ddosbarth (20 credits)

CY3705 Cyfieithu Proffesiynol (20 credits)

CY3710 Iaith, Gwleidyddiaeth a Gwrthdaro (20 credits)

CY3810 Canu’r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990 (20 credits)

CY3900 Blas ar Ymchwil (20 credits)

CY3905 Ymchwilio Estynedig (20 credits)

CY3910 Caffael Iaith (20 credits)


In year three, you will have the option of undertaking a 40 credit dissertation project, designing, conducting and writing up a small scale research project under one-to-one supervision by a member of academic staff. The dissertation will be studied alongside core modules.

Students must take at least 20 credits from:

  • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education (20 credits)
  • Radical Education (20 credits)
  • Work and Skills in the 21st Century: an international perspective (20 credits)

Students may take 20 and up to 40 credits from:

  • Comparative and International Education Policy – 20 credits
  • Society and Genetics – 20 credits
  • Unequal Chances – 20 credits
  • Religion and Society – 20 credits
  • CRUSH – 20 credits
  • Engaging in a Healthy Society – 20 credits
  • Cymdeithas Gyfoes yng Nghymru – 20 credits
  • Digital Society – 20 credits
  • Dissertation – 40 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, 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. For Welsh, there is also an important role to be played by tutorials, workshops and language classes.

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. These weeks are also used by staff to visit students on their year abroad.

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.


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. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment. Students will be given general 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 optional 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.


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 a 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

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Understand the origins and organisation of education systems;
  • Comprehend the complex relationship between education and society;
  • Be familiar with theories of learning and teaching and their implications for practice;

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Evaluate competing theories of the principles and purposes of education;
  • Analyse contemporary developments in education from historical, sociological, psychological and political perspectives;

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critically evaluate the evidence on which educational policies and practices are based;

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Demonstrate personal and academic communication skills.

The Learning Outcomes for the Welsh half of this programme are not available in English and are as follows:

Bydd graddedigion nodweddiadol y BA yn y Gymraeg yn gallu gwneud y canlynol:

  • arddangos sgiliau deallusol sy’n caniatáu darllen agos, disgrifio, dadansoddi, a chynhyrchu testunau o wahanol fathau (gan gynnwys cynhyrchu testunau ym maes ysgrifennu creadigol yn achos rhai myfyrwyr)
  • dadansoddi rôl greiddiol iaith yn y broses o greu ystyr, a’r gallu i werthfawrogi grym affeithiol iaith
  • gwerthfawrogi sut y mae rhagdybiaethau diwylliannol yn effeithio ar y broses o lunio barn
  • gwerthuso testunau, cysyniadau a theorïau perthnasol i faes y Gymraeg a’u trafod gan ddefnyddio’r eirfa briodol
  • dangos dealltwriaeth o ystod o destunau o wahanol gyfnodau hanesyddol ac o wahanol genres
  • dangos dealltwriaeth dda o safle a phwysigrwydd y Gymraeg yn y gweithle cyfoes
  • rhoi’r wybodaeth, y ddealltwriaeth a’r sgiliau a feithrinwyd ar waith:
    • yn y gweithle, drwy gwblhau cyfnod o brofiad gwaith a dadansoddiad beirniadol o’r profiad hwnnw
    • drwy gwblhau traethawd neu brosiect estynedig sy’n gynnyrch astudio annibynnol dan gyfarwyddyd tiwtor, gan ddangos perthnasedd y gwaith hwnnw i’r cam nesaf yn eich gyrfa
  • rhoi sgiliau rhifedd sylfaenol ar waith wrth ddadansoddi data sy’n ymwneud â’r iaith Gymraeg
  • defnyddio technoleg gwybodaeth i gyflwyno a dadansoddi deunyddiau mewn dull effeithiol a graenus, gan gynnwys defnyddio meddalwedd i wirio a gloywi iaith
  • cynhyrchu Cymraeg ysgrifenedig safonol a Chymraeg llafar safonol
  • defnyddio cyweiriau ysgrifenedig eraill, ar lafar ac yn ysgrifenedig, mewn cyd-destunau gwahanol, gan gynnwys y gweithle
  • dangos dealltwriaeth dda o ddatblygiad y Gymraeg ar hyd yr oesoedd, o safbwynt ieithyddol a chymdeithasol, a dealltwriaeth o rai dulliau cyfoes o geisio ei hadfer a’i hyrwyddo

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


In 2015/16, 96% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for life outside of education.

We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating.

Many of our Education graduates follow up their time here with a one-year teacher training (PGCE) course that enables them to  enter the teaching professions, while others go into a range of professions from youth and community work to social policy and government, management and others.


Year two of the Welsh programme 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.

The School of Social Sciences has a dedicated Placements Manager who can offer advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available.

Studying in Welsh

Up to 50% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.


Next Undergraduate Open Day

Spring 2020




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