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Welsh and Music (BA)

  • UCAS code: QW53
  • Next intake: September 2022
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Entry Year

Why study this course

The Joint Honours degree in Music and Welsh provides the opportunity to specialise in two university honours subjects.

By combining Welsh and Music, you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge, opening the doors to a variety of career paths. You may find a joint honours degree both stimulating and rewarding as you observe similarities and differences between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical context or recent research.

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.

Undergraduate courses in the School of Music are flexible and challenging, allowing you to specialise and develop your own interests while building a thorough grounding in music aesthetics, analysis, composition, ethnomusicology, music history and performance. The location of the school greatly adds to its appeal for music enthusiasts, as Cardiff is a great location for the study of music in the UK: the city has a professional opera company, Welsh National Opera, and a professional symphony orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The School of Music enjoys a fruitful relationship with both organisations that allows, for instance, students to attend dress rehearsals and buy cut-price tickets for concerts.

 

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
  • fully-funded instrumental tuition on your principal study instrument, including accompaniment at your final recital, for students taking a Practical Musicianship module
  • the Business of Music module which offers a short work placement
  • learning opportunities such as composition workshops, performance masterclasses, the University concert series, the John Bird lectures presented by visiting academics and careers talks providing opportunities for contact with active music professionals

Subject area: Music

  • academic-schoolSchool of Music
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Subject area: Welsh

  • academic-schoolSchool of Welsh
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Entry requirements

BBB-BBC. Must include grade B in Music and Welsh First 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.

D in a BTEC Certificate in any subject, grade B in A-level Music, and grade B in Welsh (First or Second language).

31-30 overall or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects. Must include grade 6 in HL Music. 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.

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 59 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
  • 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.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees

Students from the UK

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year.

Additional costs

Course specific equipment

Other than your principal study instrument, 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.

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Course structure

We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2022 and this page will be updated by end of October 2022 to reflect the changes.

This is a three-year full-time degree, consisting of 120 credits a year, equally split between 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Music.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

You will take 120 credits in all - 60 credits in Welsh and 60 in Music.

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 first year in Music prepartes you to take advantage of the creative and intellectual benefits of higher education. It offers instruction in analysis, harmony and counterpoint, history of music, composition and practical musicianship. As a BA student you will take a free choice from these subjects, subject to availability.

To complement your academic study, you are actively encouraged to join the University Choir or Orchestra and other ensembles.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Sgiliau Astudio LlenyddiaethCY151320 credits
Sgiliau IaithCY151520 credits
Y Gymraeg HeddiwCY151620 credits
Iaith ac YstyrCY160020 credits
Awdur, Testun a DarllenyddCY160120 credits
Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru GyfoesCY160220 credits
Composition 1AMU110710 credits
Elements of Tonal Music 1MU112520 credits
The Full WorksMU112820 credits
From Page to Stage: Dramaturgy in Musical TheatreMU112910 credits
Composition 1BMU120810 credits
Elements of Tonal Music 2MU122720 credits
Ethnomusicology 1: Music in Human LifeMU123310 credits
Rewinding PopMU123410 credits
Practical Musicianship 1MU131410 credits
Repertoire StudiesMU131720 credits
Practical Portfolio IMU131910 credits

Year two

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

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.

In Music, courses are more advanced and you will focus on more specialist topics, choosing from four groups: composition and electroacoustic studies, written and practical musicianship, analytical and critical skills, and historical studies.Our year two modules on the Business of Music I/II are designed to help you better understand different branches of the music profession and give an opportunity for a short placement in an area related to music or the arts, either in one block or as a series of regular workplace visits.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Yr Iaith ar WaithCY220520 credits
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
Opera WorldsMU211220 credits
The Business of Music 1MU214120 credits
Composition 2AMU214220 credits
Ethnomusicology 2: Music in Cross-Cultural PerspectiveMU214320 credits
OrchestrationMU216120 credits
Performance Practice and Organology: the Long Eighteenth Century, 1700-1830MU216820 credits
Reading Film SoundMU218120 credits
Music in France Since 1900MU221220 credits
Tonal Common Practice: Styles and TechniquesMU221420 credits
Music Sounded OutMU221520 credits
Studio Techniques 1: Midi and SynthesisersMU223120 credits
Formal Functions in the Classical TraditionMU223220 credits
Composition 2BMU223320 credits
The Business of Music 2MU227220 credits
Analysing 20th Century MusicMU229120 credits
Practical Portfolio 2MU230120 credits
Practical Musicianship 2MU236120 credits

Year three

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

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

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

You will 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.

In Music, you choose again from the four subject groups, and can pursue one of the three major academic projects: Dissertation, Project in Ethnomusicology, or Project in Music Analysis.

You may complete a short composition portfolio (Composition IV) and/or an ‘open’ recital in front of examiners and an invited audience (Practical Musicianship IV).

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
Women in 19th Century MusicMU311720 credits
Challenging Tradition: Counterpoint from Bartok to BartschMU312020 credits
EnsembleMU313820 credits
Studio Techniques 2: Audio and Hard Disk RecordingMU316320 credits
Nineteenth Century Italian OperaMU321420 credits
Performance Practice and Organology the Long Seventeenth Century, 1550-1700MU328520 credits
Jazz, Culture and PoliticsMU328720 credits
Practical Portfolio 3MU330120 credits
Practical Musicianship 3MU330220 credits
DissertationMU335140 credits
Composition 3MU335340 credits
Project in Music AnalysisMU335740 credits
Project in EthnomusicologyMU335840 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

The degree is based on a range of core (mandatory) and optional modules. Each module is supported by electronic teaching materials shared via Learning Central, part of the University’s virtual learning environment.

We provide exciting and challenging teaching in order to help you succeed in a competitive environment. Our teaching is informed and led by research, so you will learn about the latest ideas from scholars who are contributing to the development of their specialist subjects.

For Welsh, the teaching is usually delivered through both lectures and seminars which provide you with the opportunity to discuss the subject matter in detail within groups, with all modules being taught through the medium of Welsh. However, there is also an important role to be played by one-on-one tutorials, workshops and language classes (especially for students following the second language route).

Teaching methods on Music modules include lectures, seminars, practicals, one-to-one tutorials, rehearsals and instrumental tuition. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

25%

Guided independent study

76%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

0%

Guided independent study

0%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

0%

Guided independent study

0%

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. 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 usually be marked by your module tutor and you will be given 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.

Year 1

Written exams

35%

Practical exams

19%

Coursework

46%

Year 2

Written exams

0%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

0%

Year 3

Written exams

0%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

0%

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 degree is especially suited to those seeking a career in teaching or academia, arts, but it can just as effectively lead on to other types of graduate employment or provide the foundation for postgraduate study.

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 2015/16, 100% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Employability skills are embedded in modules at the School of Music so that you will learn both music-specific and academic skills that are transferable to other domains, especially the workplace. The skills developed within a music degree help our students to progress to a wide range of careers, both within and beyond the music profession.

Graduates have gone on to careers with the BBC, Arts Councils, Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera, universities, Oxford University Press, the National Trust, and London Symphony Orchestra, along with a range of other industrial, commercial, and charitable organisations.

In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

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 56% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.