Cardiff University Welsh

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Cardiff University Welsh

The BA in Welsh 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 is a three-year course with 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. In the first year these cohorts are taught separately for most of the time. The students of the two routes come together for most modules in year two, and in the final year, everyone is taught together.

The course offers a range of core and optional modules to give you a grounding in Welsh language and literature as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal or vocational interest. Another key aim is to enable you to find inspiration and fulfilment in the study of the Welsh language and its culture.

In contemporary Wales, with the growth of the Welsh Government and the introduction of the Welsh Language Act, the ability to work professionally through the medium of Welsh could be attractive to employers. Studying at Cardiff is an opportunity to benefit from socially-relevant research which is contributing to the development of Welsh in the 21st century.

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

I chose to study Welsh at Cardiff University because it’s a modern subject with a long literary tradition. The variety of modules offered by the School of Welsh appealed to me, particularly the creative modules and Blas ar Ymchwil (‘Introduction to Research’). The School of Welsh is a friendly school where lecturers are always happy to help.

Anys Jones, Welsh Student

Key facts

UCAS CodeQ560
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshThis course is available exclusively through the medium of Welsh
Typical places availableThe School typically has 30 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 100 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Welsh admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offerBBC, including Welsh (first language). No other specific subjects required, but A-levels must include a minimum of 2 traditional academic subjects BBB, including Welsh (second language). No other specific subjects required, but A-levels must include a minimum of 2 traditional academic
subjects.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerPass the Advanced Diploma with Grade B in the Core and grades BB at A-level, including B in Welsh (first language).  Pass the Advanced Diploma with Grade B in the Core and grades BB at A-level, including Welsh (second language).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer30 points, including at least 5 in Welsh at Higher Level.
Other requirementsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.Candidates without Wesh at A Level but whose Welsh is of equivalent standard may still be eligible to apply. Please contact the School to discuss.