BA

Welsh (for Beginners)

Key Facts

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  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 104

  • Course Length

    4 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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There has never been a more exciting time to study Welsh at university level. The establishment of the Welsh Parliament (Y Senedd) and the extension of powers to it in recent years has added to the need for high-calibre graduates who can join a professional, bilingual workforce and work confidently through the medium of both Welsh and English.

By choosing to study for a degree in Welsh, you will have the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the language and culture of Wales, and by choosing Aberystwyth University, you will be joining a vibrant community in the heart of Wales.

Aberystwyth, situated on the west coast of Wales between Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains, is a friendly, outward-looking community located in the heart of Welsh-speaking Wales. Aberystwyth is steeped in history - an environment where the medieval and modern sit, with ease, side by side. It is the ideal place to study one of Europe's oldest languages.

Sign up for the four-year BA degree in Welsh (for beginners) and let your Welsh adventure begin!

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

100% overall student satisfaction in the subject of Welsh Studies, 97% for the sector (NSS 2020).

94% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies (NSS 2020).

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

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

Overview

Why study Welsh in Aberystwyth? 

  • World-renowned - Located in the heart of Welsh-speaking Wales, the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University is a world-renowned centre for research, and home to an international, lively and welcoming cohort of students and staff.
  • History - You will be studying in one of the oldest Welsh departments in Wales and the UK.
  • Student Satisfaction - In the recent national student satisfaction survey, 100% of our students were satisfied in the subject of Welsh Studies (NSS 2020).
  • A place to flourish - Join our vibrant, exciting Welsh community here at Aberystwyth and you will flourish. Not only do we have a Students Union, but UMCA (Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Aberystwyth) host many events and societies for those who wish to be part of the wider welsh community. 
  • Exciting modules - You will have many stimulating modules to choose from such as creative writing, professional welsh, translation, Welsh in the media, Welsh Literature, Folk Welsh and many more.
  • A shared vision - You will be joining an active community of students and researchers who are committed to promoting a wider understanding of the Welsh language and other Celtic languages, their history, their literature and their place in the modern world. 
  • Small groups - You will be taught in small friendly groups by teaching staff who are experts in their field. 
  • The National Library of Wales is a stone's throw away from our Penglais Campus. It is one of only five copyright libraries in the Uk - one of a kind in Wales, allowing students unlimited access to its rare collection of literature. 
  • Students can explore studying in another country under the International Exchange programme.
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.

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Beginning Modern Welsh 1 WE11220 20
Beginning Welsh ii WE11320 20
Introduction to Welsh Literature WE11420 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Cymraeg Llafar CY13020 20
Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg: cyfoes a hanesyddol CY11520 20
Trafod y Byd Cyfoes twy'r Gymraeg CY10920 20
Ysgrifennu Cymraeg Graenus CY11720 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Cymraeg Llyfr a Chymraeg Llafar CY21420 20
Cymraeg y Gweithle Proffesiynol CY20520 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Gloywi Iaith yr Ail Iaith CY31120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Transferable Skills 

Studying for a degree in Welsh will provide you with a wealth of transferable skills which are particularly valued by employers. 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.

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. 

Welsh Department graduates are successful in finding excellent jobs. Many go into education, while the Welsh media attracts many others into performance, administration and producing. Some graduates from the department go into social work or law. Welsh-Language legislation and the establishment of the Welsh Assembly Government have led to a growing demand for civil servants with a good grasp of the language, and for translators and administrators across many areas. Graduates of the department also find work in a wide range of other fields such as book publishing, the tourism industry, trade and the police. In addition, the research and analysis skills that you will develop during the course will serve as a solid foundation for postgraduate study and for a career in academia.

Learn about the jobs of some of our graduates on the page ‘Ydy fy swydd yn dy siwtio?’ ('What job would suit you?') here.

What work experience opportunities exist while you study? 

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

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

Learning & Teaching

On this four-year BA Welsh degree, you will learn Welsh from scratch and you can look forward to becoming fluent as a speaker, reader and writer of Welsh over the course of your studies.

What will I learn? 

Below is an example of what you may learn during your four-year degree programme.

In your first year, you will: 

  • commence our intense language modules which will include speaking, reading and writing
  • be introduced to Welsh Literature (with some works read in translation).

In your second and third year:

  • you will concentrate on improving your written Welsh
  • you will join other students in the department for a thorough grounding in literature 
  • you will discover Welsh Culture, social history and its institutions.

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

How will I 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.

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be 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. The tutor will be able to 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

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC with evidence of linguistic ability

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

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

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with evidence of linguistic ability

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall, with evidence of linguistic ability

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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