Key Facts

Code Q522
  • Typical A-level offer

    BCC with evidence of linguistic ability

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Our 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 a full Honours degree in the subject at the same level as native speakers. By studying for a BA in Welsh (Beginners) 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 Department’s current undergraduates are among the founder members of the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain, which held its second annual conference in Aberystwyth in March 2014. 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. 

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)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning


A degree in 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. 

Why study Welsh in Aberystwyth? 

Ever since the establishment of the University College in Aberystwyth in 1872, the Department of Welsh has contributed to the life and culture of Wales, through literature, scholarship, education, politics, journalism and other media. Many of Wales’s leading writers have taught and studied here. It is no surprise that the Single Honours degree in Welsh is still hugely popular. We are the oldest and largest Welsh Department in the world.

The Department also provides a friendly, close-knit community in which staff take a pride in their close and professional contact with students. The latest survey of the quality of its work awarded the Department a Distinction. Studying with us will deepen your knowledge of Welsh language, literature and culture. In Aberystwyth it is difficult to escape the influence of what is called the Capital of Welsh Wales, which makes it the ideal place to study the subject. 

We have another unique advantage in Aberystwyth because the town is also home to the National Library of Wales, one of only five copyright libraries in the UK. The Library houses more than six million books, prints and maps. The Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies is nearby, too. By choosing Aberystwyth you will be within a few minutes’ walk of innumerable public lectures, launches, performances and discussions that happen in the Department and further afield.

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.


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.


Career Prospects 

Employers consistently tell us that 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 across the private and public sectors, in teaching, administration, the media and publishing, social work and law, tourism and the police. 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.

Transferable Skills 

Studying for as degree in Welsh will provide you with a wealth of transferable skills which are particularly valued by employer. These include: 

  • research and data analysis 
  • creative and effective problem solving
  • the ability to work independently 
  • time management, including the ability to meet tight deadlines  
  • the ability to articulate and convey information clearly and concisely orally and on paper 
  • self-motivation and self-reliance 
  • the ability to work in a team, discuss concepts in groups and reach compromises 
  • IT skills

Teaching & Learning

All students follow core modules in Part One, which include Beginning Modern Welsh 1 and 2, which will provide an intensive grounding in spoken Welsh, and Introduction to Welsh Literature, a critical survey of the highlights of literature in Welsh from the sixth to the twenty-first century, with some works read in translation. 

In your second and third year, you will concentrate on improving your written Welsh, and join second-language students for a more thorough grounding in literature. In addition, in Trafod y Byd Cyfoes yn Gymraeg, you will learn about the more general culture of Welsh Wales, its institutions and social history. 

By your third year, you will be studying alongside first language students and will be equipped to follow the full Honours course. 

How will you be taught? 

Teaching in the Welsh Department happens through a combination of lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. The atmosphere in seminars is more informal, in order to foster open discussion. Students’ work is assessed through exams, continuous assessment and through marks awarded for essays and exercises. 

Personal Tutor 

You will be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your degree course, who can help you with any academic or personal issues. You are welcome to contact your personal tutor at any time if you need assistance.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BCC with evidence of linguistic ability

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
MMM-DMM with evidence of linguistic ability

UCAS Tariff:
96 - 104

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
26 points overall with evidence of linguistic ability

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall with evidence of linguistic ability

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact

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