BSc Computer Science and Welsh (for beginners)

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

In choosing to study a degree in Computer Science and Welsh (Beginners) at Aberystwyth University, you will be taught in two of the university’s departments. The scheme offers the opportunity to develop professional skills in computing along with high competency in Welsh, perhaps starting with very limited or no previous knowledge of the language. 

You will be taught by world class staff who will help develop your understanding of Computer Science along with fluency in the spoken and written language. Computer Science core coverage includes operating systems, telecommunications, database management, HCI, Agile methodologies and object orientation. In joining the Welsh Department you will be part of the oldest and largest of department of its kind in Wales. The breadth of experience and expertise of our staff means that we can offer a wide range of engaging courses that will also prepare you for a rewarding career. You will be taught in small friendly groups by experts in their field.

Overview

This BSc joint honours degree programme in Computer Science and Welsh offers a stimulating combination of an economically and commercially important technological discipline with a firm grounding in Welsh language and literature. 

Why study Computer Science and Welsh at Aberystwyth?

Our computer science courses are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which means that they meet industry standards and requirements, giving you a head start when you enter the competitive jobs market. Coupling this with a good standard of Welsh will provide an important additional edge in Welsh industry, public services and government where bilingual systems and customer interaction is necessary. 

The Department of Computer Science is also designated a Centre of Excellence by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department of Enterprise, Innovation and Networks, and the Welsh Department. 

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), 70% of research submitted by the Department of Computer Science was rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent, and 30% as internationally recognised, making it the best Computer Science research department in Wales and one of the premier departments for Computer Science in the UK. Welsh, similarly, has an excellent track record, rating third in the UK, according to the latest Good University Guide, for its teaching and research. 

Many of our Computer Science staff are working at the frontiers of their disciplines and have significant experience in industry, often working in co-operation with major international companies, so you can confident that you will be learning the very latest concepts and working with cutting-edge technologies. 

As you would expect from a major research department, the facilities available to you are excellent. As well as teaching laboratories equipped with high-performance multimedia workstations supported by powerful central servers and a Digital Systems laboratory, the Department of Computer Science has an extensive range of equipment used primarily for research, which is available to final year students who choose to undertake projects in these research areas. These include industrial robots, experimental mobile robots, a number of vision and motion tracking systems and many pieces of specialist software such as virtual reality environments. 

The Welsh element of this degree scheme for beginners will give you the expertise and confidence not only to become fluent as a speaker, reader and writer of Welsh but to progress to graduate in this element of your degree at the same level as native speakers.

By studying with us, you will be part of the oldest and largest of Wales’s Welsh Departments. The Department’s active community of students and researchers share a vision: to promote a wider understanding of the Welsh language and the other Celtic languages, their history, their literature and their place in the modern world. The breadth of experience and expertise of our staff means that we can offer a wide range of engaging courses that will also prepare you for a rewarding career. You will be taught in small friendly groups by experts in their field. 

A degree with Welsh from Aberystwyth, taught by staff with a record of excellence in research, opens doors to graduates. It will prepare you to play a full role in modern Wales by providing you with the linguistic, creative and problem-solving skills to be a serious candidate for a huge range of professions. Our courses are tailored to be attractive, interesting and relevant to understanding Wales and the wider world through the medium of Welsh. During your time with us, you will be able to choose from a large and growing range of modules and play an active part in a thriving department.

Our Staff

Almost all of the Department of Computer Science Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are required to obtain the PGCTHE, and hence are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The department also employs a number of part time demonstrators and tutors and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research fellows and research assistants (mostly PhD qualified) may also be involved in delivering occasional teaching when it is appropriate.

All academic staff in the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies are research active scholars and experts in their chosen fields of study, including the study of languages and literatures as well as creative writing.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (120 Credits) Every student must take the following modules

Semester 1

Cyflwyniad I Raglennu CC12020

Introduction To Computer Infrastructure CS10220

Beginning Modern Welsh 1 WE11220

Semester 2

Web Development Tools CS15020

Beginning Welsh Ii WE11320

Introduction To Welsh Literature WE11420

Year 2 Core (110 Credits) This is, in effect, a second 'Year 1'. Every student must study the following modules.

Semester 1

Datblygiad Proffesiynol A Phersonol CC18010

Llenyddiaeth O 1900 Hyd Heddiw CY10610

Cymraeg Ysgrifenedig 1 CY10710

Trafod Y Byd Cyfoes Trwy'r Gymraeg I CY12810

Cwrs Cymraeg Llafar CY13020

Semester 2

Rhaglennu Gan Ddefnyddio Iaith Gwrthrych-gyfeiriadol CC12320

Braslun O Hanes Ein Llên CY10510

Cymraeg Ysgrifenedig 2 CY10810

Trafod Y Byd Cyfoes Trwy'r Gymraeg Ii CY12910

Available both years Options 60-80 credits from amongst the following:

Semester 1

Rhyddiaith Y Dadeni CY33620

Llenyddiaeth Glasurol A Phoblogaidd, 1740-1800 CY33920

Y Gynghanedd: Cwrs Trochi CY34520

Rhyddiaith Tri Chwarter Canrif, 1900-79 CY35320

Semester 2

Y Cynfeirdd Diweddar CY33120

Y Chwedl Arthuraidd Cyn 1100 CY33420

Traddodiad Benywaidd? Merched A Barddoniaeth 1400-1800 CY34220

Barddoniaeth Tri Chwarter Canrif, 1900-79 CY35420

Year 3 Core (60 Credits) Every student must take:

Semester 1

Dylunio Rhaglen, Strwythurau Data A Algorithmau CC21120

Cymraeg Llyfr A Chymraeg Llafar I CY20210

Semester 2

Cylch Bywyd Datblygiad Meddalwedd CC22120

Cymraeg Llyfr A Chymraeg Llafar Ii CY20310

Year 4 Core (40 Credits) Every student must take:

Semester 1

Gloywi Iaith CY20100

Semester 2

Minor Project CS39620

Gloywi Iaith CY20120

Year 4 Options Only available to those in their final year:

Semester 1

Traethawd Estynedig CY35100

Y Gymraeg Yn Y Gweithle CY35600

Semester 2

Traethawd Estynedig CY35120

Y Gymraeg Yn Y Gweithle CY35620

Available both years Options 60-80 credits from amongst the following:

Semester 1

Rhyddiaith Y Dadeni CY33620

Llenyddiaeth Glasurol A Phoblogaidd, 1740-1800 CY33920

Y Gynghanedd: Cwrs Trochi CY34520

Rhyddiaith Tri Chwarter Canrif, 1900-79 CY35320

Semester 2

Y Cynfeirdd Diweddar CY33120

Y Chwedl Arthuraidd Cyn 1100 CY33420

Traddodiad Benywaidd? Merched A Barddoniaeth 1400-1800 CY34220

Barddoniaeth Tri Chwarter Canrif, 1900-79 CY35420

Employability

Employability

A degree in Computer Science and Welsh will be particularly valuable in public-facing employment situations in Wales. The Computer Science component will prepare you for a variety of careers in software design, communications and networking, computer applications, web development, IT consultancy and management, systems analysis and development, computer sales and marketing. The Welsh component will prepare you for careers across the private and public sectors, in teaching, administration, the media and publishing, social work, law and tourism. Welsh-language legislation and the establishment of a Welsh Parliament have led to a growing demand for civil servants with a good grasp of the language, and translators. A degree in Welsh from Aberystwyth is a sign of high-level achievement, and evidence shows that there is an impressive demand for our graduates in a range of professions. The latest figures for graduates in graduate-level employment after six months (in 2013) are 96.3%. Our graduates are employed in addition to offering access to a range of posts requiring use of the language.

Transferable Skills 

Studying for a degree in Computer Science and Welsh will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include: 

 • research and data analysis skills 

 • enhanced mathematical and computational skills 

 • effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills 

 • the facility to deal with abstract concepts 

 • a thorough grounding in information technology skills 

 • the ability to work independently 

 • time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines 

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form 

• self-motivation and self-reliance 

• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement 

Year in Employment scheme (YES) 

The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement. The University regularly receives enquiries from employers seeking Welsh-speaking YES students. 

GO Wales

GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers. Personal Development Plan You will also have the opportunity to complete a 

Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. 

This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching, Learning and Assessment 

A dual focus on teaching and research creates a vibrant, welcoming environment in which to study. Teaching is delivered through lectures and practical studies, supplemented by smaller tutorials, and assessment is made through both coursework and examination. The staff are friendly and approachable, and committed to equipping you with the skills needed for success during and after your studies. 

Your personal tutor 

Throughout your time in Aberystwyth, you will have the chance to meet regularly with a personal tutor in each department, who can provide assistance with any difficulties you might have with the degree or with university life.

Key Information Set

Key Facts

UCAS Code: M6P1

Tariff Required: 280

Entry Requirements: GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh. Grade C in Mathematics.

Course Length: 4 Years