Welsh and Journalism (BA)
- UCAS code: PQ55
- Next intake: September 2021
- Duration: 3 years
- Mode: Full time
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.
- 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.
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BBB-BBC. Applicants will be expected to have written Welsh of an appropriate standard (generally indicated by having studied their A-levels through the medium of Welsh, or by having an A-level or AS in Welsh [first language or second language]).
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ 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 a BTEC Diploma in Humanities or Social Science subjects. You must also have a Welsh Language qualification equivalent to grade B at A-level.
31-30 overall or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects. You must also have a Welsh Language qualification equivalent to grade B at A-level.
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.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
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.
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 must have or be working towards:
- English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade C/4 or an equivalent (such as A-levels). If you require a Student visa, you must ensure your language qualification complies with UKVI requirements.
We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects.
We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.
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
- 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.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Students from the UK
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
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.
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.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
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 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.
You will take 120 credits in total, 60 credits in Welsh and 60 in Journalism.
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. The School will also provide additional arrangements for second language students to develop and practise their language skills.
For the first-language route the core modules are:
- 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]
For the second-language route the core modules are:
- Sgiliau Iaith [Language Skills]
- Sgiliau Astudio Llenyddiaeth [Studying Literature Skills]
- Y Gymraeg Heddiw [The Welsh Language Today]
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 title||Module code||Credits|
|Iaith ac Ystyr||CY1600||20 credits|
|Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd||CY1601||20 credits|
|Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru Gyfoes||CY1602||20 credits|
|History of Mass Communication and Culture||MC1110||20 credits|
|Cymru: Y Senedd, Y Straeon a'r Spin||MC1117||20 credits|
|Understanding Journalism Studies||MC1578||20 credits|
You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Journalism.
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.
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 title||Module code||Credits|
|Yr Iaith ar Waith||CY2205||20 credits|
|Yr Ystafell Newyddion 1||MC2617||20 credits|
|Yr Ystafell Newyddion 2||MC2618||20 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Llenyddiaeth Plant||CY2310||20 credits|
|Ysgrifennu Creadigol||CY2360||20 credits|
|Bywydau Llên||CY2425||20 credits|
|Treftadaeth a Thwristiaeth||CY2665||20 credits|
|Media and Gender||MC2107||20 credits|
|Media, Power and Society||MC2116||20 credits|
|Mediation of Political Violence||MC2607||20 credits|
|Birth and Death and Marriage in the Media: Researching the "Personal" in "Cultural Context"||MC2621||20 credits|
|Film and Cultural Theory||MC2622||20 credits|
|Critical Issues in Television Production||MC2624||20 credits|
|Managing Media Communications||MC2625||20 credits|
|Celebrity Culture||MC2627||20 credits|
|Fashion Futures: Technology, Innovation and Society||MC2629||20 credits|
|Internet Governance||MC2630||20 credits|
|Media, Globalisation and Culture||MC2631||20 credits|
|Public Relations and Political Communication||MC2632||20 credits|
|Employability: Knowledge, Skills & Experience||MC2634||20 credits|
|Body / Image||MC2636||20 credits|
|Branding and Identity||MC2643||20 credits|
|War, Politics and Propaganda II||MC3549||20 credits|
|Doing Media Research: Approaches and Methods||MC3551||20 credits|
|Media Law Year 2||MC3600||20 credits|
|Media and Democracy||MC3603||20 credits|
You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Journalism.
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.
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 title||Module code||Credits|
|Llenyddiaeth Plant||CY3310||20 credits|
|Ysgrifennu Creadigol||CY3360||20 credits|
|Bywydau Llên||CY3425||20 credits|
|Yr Ystafell Ddosbarth||CY3660||20 credits|
|Treftadaeth a Thwristiaeth||CY3665||20 credits|
|Cyfieithu Proffesiynol||CY3705||20 credits|
|Blas ar Ymchwil||CY3900||20 credits|
|Ymchwilio Estynedig||CY3905||40 credits|
|Media Law||MC3213||20 credits|
|Mediating Childhood||MC3585||20 credits|
|The Making and Shaping of News||MC3589||20 credits|
|Spin Unspun: Public Relations and The News Media||MC3596||20 credits|
|The Creative and Cultural Industries||MC3608||20 credits|
|Sport and the Media||MC3612||20 credits|
|Communicating Causes||MC3616||20 credits|
|Understanding Media Business||MC3619||20 credits|
|Reporting Conflict and the Civil Sphere||MC3624||20 credits|
|Palu am y Gwir||MC3625||20 credits|
|Stori Pwy? Cyfathrebu Cymru||MC3626||20 credits|
|Reporting the World||MC3628||20 credits|
|Media, Money and Markets||MC3630||20 credits|
|The Cultural Politics of Contemporary Hollywood||MC3632||20 credits|
|Popular Music, Media, & Culture||MC3633||20 credits|
|Understanding Digital Society through Black Mirror||MC3634||20 credits|
|A Century of War Photojournalism||MC3635||20 credits|
|Immersive Media||MC3636||20 credits|
|Marketing, Branding and Promotional Cultures in Television||MC3637||20 credits|
|(Me) me, Myself and I:The Power and Politics of Digital Remix Culture and Online Inequalities||MC3642||20 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.
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
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.
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.