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Welsh (BA)

Entry year


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Welsh students

Course overview

The aim of this programme is 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.

As we aim to reach the Welsh Government’s target of a million Welsh speakers by 2050, there has never been a greater demand for graduates who have this understanding. The ability to use the Welsh language at a professional level is also extremely attractive to employers, which means that you have a unique opportunity to ensure an interesting and varied career where you can influence modern Wales’ linguistic, cultural and economic future.

This three-year course has two routes, one for students who have studied Welsh as a first language, and one for students who have studied Welsh as a second language. During the first year, these cohorts are mostly taught separately before coming together for the majority of their modules during year two. In the final year, everyone is taught together.

A range of core and optional modules is offered to give you a grounding in language and literature as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal or vocational interest. In addition, you will have an opportunity to undertake a work placement during the second year to develop your confidence and professional skills.

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.
  • Emphasis on practical research skills that will benefit you throughout your career.
  • Emphasis on independent learning in a supportive environment.
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching.
  • The opportunity to become part of a close and friendly community where staff will know you as individuals.
UCAS codeQ560
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe School typically has 30 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 100 applications.

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Entry requirements

BBC - BCC, 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

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)

Tuition feeDeposit
£17,450None

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

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 course, 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 study six 20 credit modules (120 credits in total) 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 in year one - first and a second-language – which are dependent on your Welsh experience in school, in a professional context or from other language courses.

First-language route

Core modules:

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

Optional modules:

  • 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]
  • Astudio Llenyddiaeth [Studying Literature]
  • Y Gymraeg Heddiw [The Welsh Language Today]

Optional modules:

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

On both routes, 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

In year two, 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.

First-language route

For the first-language route the compulsory core linguistic module is:

  • Yr Iaith ar Waith [The Language at Work]

Second-language route

For the second-language route the compulsory core linguistic module is:

  • Yr Iaith ar Waith [The Language at Work]
  • Sgiliau Academaidd Uwch [Advanced Academic Skills]

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 year two or the final year.

Students studying this course may take one or two modules from another Academic School, selected from the University’s Free Standing Module Collection.

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

Year three

In year three 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 skills showcase for potential employers.

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
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
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. There is also an important role to be played by tutorials, workshops and language classes (especially for students following the second language route).

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

28%

Guided independent study

72%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

17%

Guided independent study

82%

Placements

2%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

12%

Guided independent study

88%

Placements

0%

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. 

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. Students will be given individual 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 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.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

27%

Practical exams

18%

Coursework

56%

Year 2

Written exams

40%

Practical exams

10%

Coursework

50%

Year 3

Written exams

33%

Practical exams

7%

Coursework

60%

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

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

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

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