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Welsh and Journalism (BA)

  • UCAS code: PQ55
  • Next intake: September 2020
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Clearing and Adjustment

This course is available in Clearing and Adjustment for 2020 entry. Call us on 0333 241 2800 to discuss your options or view all of our vacancies.


Entry Year

Welsh students

Why study this course

This programme will provide you with a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge, opening doors to a variety of career paths, in journalism and the media or beyond.

The Welsh course is relevant to contemporary Wales and is delivered by a school noted for its research quality and impact. This course aims to produce graduates with a thorough (academic and practical) understanding of the Welsh language, its literature and culture, a high level of written and oral skills and well-developed employability and creative skills relevant to modern Wales.

The overall aim of Journalism is to equip students to become well informed citizens in a media saturated society. It begins with the assumption that in order to understand modern society, we need to understand the central role that media and the cultural industries play in that society. While you will be able to take some practical modules, the emphasis of the degree is academic and analytical.

Distinctive features

  • 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.
  • Welsh media modules such as Yr Ystafell Newyddion, Cymru: Y Senedd, y Straeon a’r Spin.
  • Emphasis on practical research skills, which will benefit you throughout your career.
  • Emphasis on independent learning in a supportive environment.
  • Taught by research-active staff who use that research to inform your teaching.
  • A close and friendly community where staff will know you as individuals.

Where you'll study

School of Welsh

We are committed to the development of language, society and identity in contemporary Wales through teaching and research of the highest standard.

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School of Journalism, Media and Culture

We provide a scholarly environment to help you acquire both the knowledge and skills needed to enter your chosen area of the media.

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Entry requirements

BBB-BBC including a B in Welsh First Language. 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 plus grade B in A Level Welsh First Language. Humanities or Social Science subjects accepted plus predicted grade B in A Level Welsh First Language.

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

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

Find out about our Schools' admissions criteria, offer guarantee scheme, changes to programmes and translating your documents.

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.

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,000 None

Learn about our tuition fees

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
£17,450 None

Learn about our tuition fees

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

Course specific equipment

You will not need any specific equipment.

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 degree, consisting of 120 credits a year. Most 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 take 120 credits in total, 60 credits in Welsh and 60 in Journalism.

Welsh

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

Journalism

The three compulsory Journalism modules provide a foundation of conceptual and theoretical frameworks for the study of media and culture. The emphasis is on the history of media institutions and media studies, approaches to textual analysis and media in the public sphere, as well as helping you develop the skill required to study journalism at a high level.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Iaith ac YstyrCY160020 credits
Awdur, Testun a DarllenyddCY160120 credits
Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru GyfoesCY160220 credits
History of Mass Communication and CultureMC111020 credits
Cymru: Y Senedd, Y Straeon a'r SpinMC111720 credits
Understanding Journalism StudiesMC157820 credits

Year two

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

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 (broadcasting and print journalism are two possible fields).

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.

Journalism

You will take one compulsory 20 credit module which explains media research (giving a foundation for advanced projects) and introduces you to some of the key theories and analytical work central to cultural studies and journalism studies. You will take two optional modules, which may introduce you to areas such as audience studies, advertising and media ethics.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Yr Iaith ar WaithCY220520 credits
Yr Ystafell Newyddion 1MC261720 credits
Yr Ystafell Newyddion 2MC261820 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Dafydd ap GwilymCY210520 credits
Rhyddiaith DdiweddarCY241020 credits
Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi IaithCY261020 credits
SgriptioCY270020 credits
Canu'r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990CY281020 credits
Caffael IaithCY291020 credits
Media and GenderMC210720 credits
Media, Power and SocietyMC211620 credits
Celebrity CultureMC262720 credits
Fashion Futures: Technology, Innovation and SocietyMC262920 credits
Internet GovernanceMC263020 credits
Media, Globalisation and CultureMC263120 credits
Public Relations and Political CommunicationMC263220 credits
War, Politics and Propaganda IIMC354920 credits
Doing Media Research: Approaches and MethodsMC355120 credits
Media Law Year 2MC360020 credits
Media and DemocracyMC360320 credits

Year three

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

Welsh

It is compulsory to choose one of the following modules:

  • Blas ar Ymchwil [Research Taster]
  • Ymchwilio Estynedig [Extended Research]

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 additional optional modules.

Journalism

You will have the choice of undertaking an optional 40-credit dissertation or individual project. This may involve both Welsh and Journalism, or be based on only one of the subject areas.

All modules at this level will involve conducting independent research and applying theoretical ideas and approaches to practical and/or analytical work.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Dafydd ap GwilymCY310520 credits
Rhyddiaith DdiweddarCY341020 credits
Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi IaithCY361020 credits
Yr Ystafell DdosbarthCY366020 credits
SgriptioCY370020 credits
Cyfieithu ProffesiynolCY370520 credits
Canu'r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990CY381020 credits
Blas ar YmchwilCY390020 credits
Ymchwilio EstynedigCY390540 credits
Caffael IaithCY391020 credits
DissertationMC310340 credits
Media LawMC321320 credits
Mediating ChildhoodMC358520 credits
The Making and Shaping of NewsMC358920 credits
Spin Unspun: Public Relations and The News MediaMC359620 credits
The Creative and Cultural IndustriesMC360820 credits
Communicating CausesMC361620 credits
Understanding Media BusinessMC361920 credits
Reporting Conflict and the Civil SphereMC362420 credits
Palu am y GwirMC362520 credits
Stori Pwy? Cyfathrebu CymruMC362620 credits
Reporting the WorldMC362820 credits
Media, Money and MarketsMC363020 credits
A Century of War PhotojournalismMC363520 credits
Marketing, Branding and Promotional Cultures in TelevisionMC363720 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

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.

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

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.

Feedback

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.

What skills will I practise and develop?

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 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

Careers and placements

Career prospects

School of Welsh

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.

School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

In 2016/17, 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.

Many graduates progress onto our postgraduate journalism, public relations and communications Masters degrees and from there to various jobs in the media.

Recent examples of entry level jobs include: content author, digital media executive, social media policy adviser, research intern, editorial intern, reporter, PR executive/assistant, policy intern, campaign executive, teaching assistant and also project manager.

Graduate careers

  • Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Editor

Placements

Year two 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.

Studying in Welsh

Up to 83% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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