BA Irish / Education

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

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.

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.

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 Options Students must take the following modules in their chosen language. Non-beginners in Irish take IR11220 (not IR10620 + IR10710)

Semester 1

Cyflwyniad I Wyddeleg Modern A'i Llenyddiaeth 1 GC10620

Introduction To Modern Irish Language 1 IR10620

Modern Irish Language And Literature For Non-beginners IR11200

Semester 2

Cyflwyniad I Wyddeleg Modern A'i Llenyddiaeth 2 GC10720

Modern Irish Language And Literature For Non-beginners IR11220

Year 1 Options EDUCATION CORE MODULES (60 CREDITS). You must take either the ED (English) or the AD (Cymraeg) modules

Semester 1

Polisiau A Materion Mewn Addysg AD10120

Policies And Issues In Education ED10120

Semester 2

Plant Ifainc Yn Dysgu AD11320

Datblygiad Plant AD19220

Child Development ED10220

Young Children Learning ED11320

Year 1 Options EDUCATION OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS).You can take up to 20 credits from the following modules, please choose either ED (English ) or AD (Cymraeg).

Semester 1

Sgiliau Allweddol I Brifysgol AD13620

Early Years Provision: Principles And Practice ED10620

Key Skills For University ED13620

Semester 2

Play And Learning:theory And Practice ED13720

Year 1 Electives Students may choose from the following list, together with any other modules allowed by the Institute, up to a total of 60 credits.

Semester 1

Y Celtiaid: Etifeddiaeth Ddadleuol GC11800

The Celts: A Contested Legacy IR11800

Semester 2

Y Celtiaid: Etifeddiaeth Ddadleuol GC11820

The Celts: A Contested Legacy IR11820

Year 2 Core (60 Credits) Students must take the following modules

Semester 1

Old Irish (language + Literature) 1+2 IR21900

Modern Irish (language + Literature) 1+2 IR22100

Middle Irish Texts In Context IR22520

Semester 2

Old Irish (language + Literature) 1+2 IR21920

Modern Irish (language + Literature) 1+2 IR22120

Year 2 Options CORE MODULE (20 CREDITS). You must take either ED or AD module

Semester 1

Seicoleg Dysgu A Meddwl AD20120

Psychology Of Learning And Thinking ED20120

Year 2 Options OPTIONAL MODULES : You must take 20/40-60 credits, ensuring a total of 100-140 credits over the 2nd and final years, from:

Semester 1

Llythrennedd Mewn Plant Ifanc AD20220

Literacy In Young Children ED20220

Cultural Diversity In Education ED20420

Working With Children ED20600

Discourses Language And Education ED22420

Semester 2

Dulliau Ymchwil AD20320

Research Methods ED20320

Bilingual Education ED20520

Working With Children ED20620

Making Sense Of The Curriculum ED20820

Available both years Options 20 credits from the following except only one extended essay can be taken each year

Semester 1

Extended Essay 2 IR22400

Extended Essay 4 IR32900

Semester 2

Llên Geltaidd Gymharol GC33010

Extended Essay 2 IR22410

Extended Essay 4 IR32910

Year 3 Core (60 Credits) Your compulsory year Abroad module for Education

Semester 1

Abroad Year Dummy EDS0000

Semester 2

Abroad Year Dummy EDS0060

Year 3 Core (60 Credits) Rhaid treulio blwyddyn yn dilyn cyrsiau Brifysgol yn Iwerddon / You must follow courses from a University in Ireland

Semester 1

Abroad Year Dummy IRS0000

Semester 2

Abroad Year Dummy IRS0060

Final Year Core (30 Credits) Students must take the following modules

Final Year Core (20 Credits) Modern Irish III & IV is compulsory for final year students.

Final Year Options CORE MODULE (20 CREDITS). You must take either ED or AD module

Semester 1

Gwerthuso Ac Adlewyrchu Ar Sgiliau Dysgu Yn Gritigol AD30120

Critically Reflecting And Evaluating Learning And Skills ED30120

Final Year Options OPTIONAL MODULES : You must take 20/40-60 credits, ensuring a total of 100-140 credits over the 2nd and final years. You must only take either the AD or the ED module

Semester 1

Datblygiad Mathemategol Yn Y Blynyddoedd Cynnar AD30320

Traethawd Hir AD33600

Mathematical Development In The Early Years ED30320

Health And Education ED30500

Major Dissertation ED33600

Semester 2

Traethawd Hir AD33640

Special Educational Needs ED30420

Health And Education ED30520

Children's Rights ED30620

Communicating Science: The Scientists, The Media And The Public ED33020

Major Dissertation ED33640

Available both years Options 20 credits from the following except only one extended essay can be taken each year

Semester 1

Extended Essay 2 IR22400

Extended Essay 4 IR32900

Semester 2

Llên Geltaidd Gymharol GC33010

Extended Essay 2 IR22410

Extended Essay 4 IR32910

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 and Assessment

 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.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: QX5H

Please note that the tariff below may not apply during Clearing. Contact us on 0800 121 40 80 or fill in the form above for more information.

Tariff Required: 280

Entry Requirements: Evidence of language proficiency required. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.

Course Length: 4 Years

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