Irish Language and Literature/Education

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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. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for Primary PGCE at Aberystwyth.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 5 in the UK for the subject of Celtic Studies (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Education (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

93% of our students agree that staff are good at explaining things for the subject of Education (NSS 2018

97.5% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, after graduating. (HESA 2018*)


Why study Irish Language and Literature with Education ? 

  • Aberystwyth university is one of the liveliest academic and intellectual environments for Celtic studies in the world. 
  • The School of Education have been delivering innovative degrees for over 100 years at Aberystwyth University. 
  • The department is home to inspirational team of world-leading experts in Welsh, Irish, Scottish Gaelic language and literature. 
  • Students will have the opportunity to learn Scottish Gaelic, Breton and Manx as well as their respective literature. 
  • In the recent student satisfaction survey, 100% of our students were satisfied with the course and department. (NSS, 2016). 
  • A degree in Celtic Studies will open many doors to exciting opportunities for you. 
  • Flourish with our vibrant, exciting Welsh community here at Aberystwyth. Not only do we have a Students Union, but UMCA (Undeb Myfyrwr Cymraeg Aberystwyth) host many events and societies for those who wish to part of the welsh community. 
  • The National Library of Wales is a stone throw away from our Penglais Campus. It is one of a kind in Wales, allowing students unlimited access to its rare collection of literature. 
  • Within the department of Welsh and Celtic studies, you will have large options of stimulating modules to choose from such as creative writing, professional welsh, translation, Welsh in the media, Welsh Literature, Folk Welsh and many more. 
  • Students can explore studying in another country under the Erasmus + or the International Exchange programme. 
  •  The Centre of Advance Welsh and Celtic Studies is also located in Aberystwyth.
  • Studying here will provide the opportunity to attend a wealth of public lectures, book launches, performances and talks in the Department itself and beyond.
  • Students can explore our exciting partnership opportunities to study in Universities in Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and France.
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 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.


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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Child Development * ED10220 20
Introduction To Modern Irish Language I IR10620 20
Introduction To Modern Irish Language Ii IR12220 20
Introduction To Old Irish IR11920 20
Modern Irish Language And Literature For Non-beginners IR11220 20
Policies And Issues In Education * ED10120 20
Young Children Learning * ED11320 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Early Years Provision: Principles And Practice ED10620 20
Introduction To The Literature Of Gaelic Ireland * IR11720 20
Key Skills For University * ED13620 20
Play And Learning:theory And Practice ED13720 20
The Celts: A Contested Legacy * IR11820 20


* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Middle Irish Texts In Context IR22520 20
Modern Irish (language + Literature) 1+2 IR22120 20
Old Irish (language + Literature) 1+2 IR21920 20
Psychology Of Learning And Thinking * ED20120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Bilingual Education ED20520 20
Discourses Language And Education ED22420 20
Education, Diversity And Equality ED20420 20
Literacy In Young Children * ED20220 20
Making Sense Of The Curriculum ED20820 20
Research Methods * ED20320 20
Working With Children ED20620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Abroad Year Credits EDS0060 60


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Critically Reflecting And Evaluating Learning And Skills * ED30120 20
Modern Irish (language And Literature) 3+4 * IR32520 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Children's Rights ED30620 20
Communicating Science: The Scientists, The Media And The Public ED33020 20
Major Dissertation * ED33640 40
Mathematical Development In The Early Years * ED30320 20
Special Educational Needs ED30420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


What career prospects are there for me?

Our degree programmes offer promising employment opportunities. Our graduates have followed these pathways:

  • Humanitarian Organisations
  • Teaching and Education (including SEN)
  • Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work
  • Child welfare
  • Play therapy
  • The Leisure industry
  • Child Law
  • Childhood research

How can I enhance my career?

The University offers every student the opportunity to take part in YES (Year in Industry Scheme) or fixed term placements through GO Wales.

We encourage our students to seek wider internship activity during the summer vacation. Our careers team will help you find your placement.

How will this degree help me in the future?

Our degree in Education and International Development will allow you to develop key skills that are highly sought after by employers.

These include: 

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

• Effective problem-solving and creative thinking 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 

• Research skills

Careers Service

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Academic Employability Coordinator 

From Year One developing your employability is our priority and to ensure we offer the right services we have a dedicated academic employability coordinator who liaises with our link careers adviser to tailor a package of careers education, employer exposure and individual departmental based support. This person liaises with the careers service and external organisations to make links and connections, which are fed through to students on a regular basis. These include opportunities for voluntary work and paid employment both during and after your studies. Departmentally you will have the opportunity to get involved in our annual student employability conference.

Student mentoring scheme

Our student mentoring scheme provides opportunities to both receive peer support but to also develop mentoring and coaching skills while supporting fellow students. This scheme is recognised by the University for its high skills value, and those who engage as mentors receive recognition on their graduate transcript. 

Teaching & Learning

What will you learn? 

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In the first year you may explore:

  • Core modules designed to give you a firm foundation in the broad subject of Education and International Development, introducing you to individual and community development, international development and global education
  • Students will have the opportunity to take part in Irish language classes
  • Women's poetry in Ireland
  • Early Irish Saga Literature
  • Gaelic Bardic Poetry 
  • Old Irish and Middle Welsh 
  • Optional modules during your first year which may include working with others, gender, development, education and childhood in society

In the second year, core and optional modules may include:

  • Celtic literature and landscape
  • The Mabinogion 
  • Comparative Celtic Philology 
  • Exploring and critically assessing the theories of community and education
  • Analysing the effects of migration and mobility on education
  • The development of literacy

A final year including:

  • Global perspectives on rights and health in the developing world
  • Factors affecting education and development;
  • Community issues
  • King Arthur of the Welsh 
  • Gaelic Bardic Poetry 
  • The role of individuals and government
  • The application of rights and legislation
  • The impact of poverty

How will I be taught?

Our degree is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive tutorials and workshops. All lectures are recorded so that you can listen to it again as many times as you please.

Some modules are assessed through exams and essays, but projects, bibliographic exercises, reflective diaries, posters, and presentations may also be utilised. Our exam weighting is no more than 50% in any modules. 

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Typical 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 Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with evidence of linguistic ability

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall with evidence of linguistic ability

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact

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