BA

Irish / Education

Key Facts

Code QX5H
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with evidence of linguistic ability

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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In choosing to study this Irish Language & Literature and Education Degree you'll not just develop your language competence in Modern Irish, you will immerse yourself in a broad range of Gaelic texts from the medieval through to modern periods, evaluated in various ways from the linguistic/stylistic approach through to political or historical emphasis. You'll also spend 50% of your time covering the fundamentals of education. With a focus on gaining essential employability skills that include language skills, translation, team-work, communication, the management of self and time this Irish Language & Literature and Education Degree is taught by dedicated, enthusiastic experts, often in very small tutorial and seminar class sizes, giving you the very best experience.

Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Education (NSS 2016)

Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies: 100% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

100% of undergraduates from the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

95% of undergraduates from the Department of Education who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

Overview

This joint honours BA in Irish Language & Literature and Education will expose you to the long Irish literary tradition whilst equipping you with the language skills required to communicate your subject to a variety of audiences. This course is perfect for aspiring teachers, translators, tutors and lecturers with a particular interest Irish language, literature and culture.

You will find the study of Irish Language & Literature and Education to be a varied and stimulating experience which has a strong vocational outcome. You can further enhance this by selecting from a range of optional modules to suit your own interests. Subjects studied may include contemporary Irish poetry and prose; eighteenth-century Gaelic literature; the modern Irish novel; translating into Irish; bilingual education; children's rights; and working with play.

This course is delivered jointly by the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies and the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the heart of the main campus of the University. You will benefit from the latest learning and teaching environments, the expertise of our experienced staff members, and the partnerships the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies and the School of Education maintain with communities, schools and authorities across Wales, the rest of the UK and Ireland.

This joint honours degree in Irish Language & Literature and Education will be of great use to you in a range of graduate jobs, particularly in schools, colleges, translation and publishing. Not only will you be thoroughly equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to apply for teacher training at primary or secondary level, and a high level of subject expertise, but you will also be a fluent communicator, a rigorous researcher, and a strong debater able to form compelling arguments. These will all prove to be huge assets in any graduate workplace.

You will be allocated a personal tutor in each department, offering subject-specific support as well as help with what may be different departmental routines and methods. Personal tutors can also provide information if you need to access any of the University's support services.

Our Staff

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.

Undergraduate lecturers in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning are either qualified to PhD standard or are experienced practitioners in their field. All teaching staff currently possess, or are working towards, a recognised teaching qualification.

Modules

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.

Employability

 Your BA in Irish Language & Literature and Education will prepare you for undertaking a teaching qualification and a broad range of employment or training options. Your knowledge of education will help you establish a career as a community education officer, early years practitioner, education administrator, lecturer, or youth worker. Your Irish Language & Literature training will make you a strong candidate for opportunities in translation and simultaneous interpretation, publishing and editing, journalism, marketing and communications, library work and teaching.

Throughout your studies you will develop a wealth of subject-specific skills and other generic professional skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation.

You will be able to: read and evaluate source material quickly and efficiently; select and deploy the most appropriate of a range of critical methodologies; and deliver cogent and compelling arguments. You will have also proven your abilities in writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, working effectively with others, and delivering work in time to meet specific deadlines.

The study of both Irish and education requires clarity of thought, academic rigour, clarity in planning and a high level of personal motivation. Having proven yourself in such disciplines, you will be at an advantage over your competitors in any general employment context, and your training in Education signals an obvious career path, should you choose to pursue it.

Both departments have close links with the University's careers service, which provides general and subject-specific careers advice. You may also compile a portfolio encouraging reflection on your learning and career aspirations so that every academic option you choose will point you towards your future career.

Teaching & Learning

 This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures and seminars designed to stimulate your ability in Irish language and your academic interest in the study of its literature and in educational theory, policy and practice. By joining these two disciplines, this course will help you deepen your literary knowledge and equip you with skills vital for work in the field of education.

As you study, you will be both challenged and inspired by our staff members, who have created a vibrant culture of creativity and intellectual curiosity perfect for the study of these two subjects. Your personal tutor, lecturers and module tutors will help with queries about your learning.

You will be assessed through essays, exams, practical exercises, oral presentations and other methods. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks.

As you study, you will develop a range of skills which will benefit you in further study or any graduate workplace. You will learn to: develop a reflective learning style to promote self-improvement; employ multiple critical techniques when approaching complex texts; develop a rigorous approach to vital areas such as child protection; and articulate a detailed critical analysis of your subject.

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with evidence of linguistic ability

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with evidence of linguistic ability

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with evidence of linguistic ability

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall with evidence of linguistic ability

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