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Education and Welsh (BA)

  • QX53

3 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Education and Welsh BA (Joint Honours) gives first-language Welsh students the opportunity to combine study of Welsh with educational policy and development theory – leading onto a number of different possible career routes within the education system in Wales. Students will develop valuable transferable skills through highly flexible modular programmes, leading to a distinct edge within the global graduate market.

This course is only open to prospective students who have studied Welsh as a First Language to Advanced Level. The reason for this is that students who have studied Welsh as a second language must study 80 credits of Welsh during their first year. The exciting, intensive nature of the course, and the number of face to face contact hours means that the timetable does not therefore allow for some subject to be studied with Welsh. If you do not have A level Welsh, and/or feel that you may be able to follow the First Language Welsh route, whatever your background or qualifications, don’t hesitate to contact

“Mae’r cwrs hwn yn agored i ddarpar fyfyrwyr sydd wedi astudio’r Gymraeg fel Iaith Gyntaf hyd at Safon Uwch. Mae hyn oherwydd bod myfyrwyr sydd wedi astudio’r Gymraeg fel Ail Iaith yn astudio 80 credyd o Gymraeg yn ystod eu blwyddyn gyntaf gyda ni. Mae natur ddwys, gyffrous y cwrs hwn, a nifer uchel yr oriau cyswllt wyneb-yn-wyneb, yn golygu nad yw’r amserlen yn caniatáu I rai pynciau gael eu hastudio ar y cyd â’r Gymraeg. Os nad oes gennych lefel A yn y Gymraeg, a/neu rydych yn teimlo y gallech ddilyn Llwybr Iaith Gyntaf, peidiwch ag oedi rhag cysylltu â”

Key Facts

UCAS Code QX53
Duration 3 years
How to apply
Typical places available

The School of Social Sciences admits around 300 students every year to its undergraduate degree programmes.

The School of Welsh admits around 35 students every year to its undergraduate degree programme.

Typical applications received The School of Social Sciences = 1500
The School of Welsh = 130
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer BBB
Admissions Tutors Dr Rhiannon Marks - Welsh
Rachel Swann – Social Sciences
Tel Number Welsh: 029 2087 4843
Education: 029 2087 5122
Email address Welsh:
School website

The BA joint honours is either a three-year or (in the case of Welsh and a modern language where the third year is spent abroad) a four-year programme. It has two routes, one for students who have studied Welsh as a first language, and one for students who have studied Welsh as a second language. In the Year 1 Welsh modules these cohorts are taught separately. The students of the two routes come together for some modules in Year 2, and in the Final Year, everyone is taught together. At the end of the programme all students receive the same degree.

The School of Welsh’s teaching philosophy is based on helping you develop key skills (linguistic, analytical, creative and employability) while also enabling you to become an independent learner at a high level. This philosophy is reflected in the structure of the BA. For both routes, the emphasis in Year 1 is on developing skills in the fields of language and literature, and all students follow a set number of core modules with a high number of contact hours. The School of Welsh makes special arrangements for second-language students to spend extra time developing and practising their language skills in Year 1.

In Year 2, the core linguistic modules concentrate on language skills within both an academic and a vocational context, and include a period of work experience in a workplace in which Welsh is used on a daily basis.

In the Final Year, you will undertake an extended essay or project which enables you to use the range of skills that you have developed during the programme and to further your ability to operate as an independent learner. These essays or projects may lead on to further research, or prove to be an effective showcase for your achievements from the point of view of future employers.
Alongside these core elements, the BA offers numerous optional modules, including several with have direct relevance to specific fields of employment, such as language planning, scriptwriting and translation. Whatever your interests, there should be optional modules that meet yourn attractive feature of our programme is its flexibility – you may specialise in literary studies, medieval or modern, language studies, or you may take a combination of modules reflecting your own particular academic interests and vocational needs.

In addition, you will take modules in the other subject of your joint-honours programme.
(On both routes, all modules in the School of Welsh are taught through the medium of Welsh.)

Year 2 First-language Route

You will take one compulsory linguistic core module:

  • Cymraeg y Gweithle a’r Gymuned [Welsh in the Workplace and the Community]

Compulsory Final Year extended essay or project

You will have a choice of either a 4,000 or a 8,000 word essay or project (20 or 40 credits), which will be completed under the direction of a member of staff who is an expert in the relevant field.

Optional Modules: Year 2 and the Final Year (both routes)

Individual modules are normally offered in alternative years, and so may be available in Year 2 or in the Final Year:

  • Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd Canol [Reinterpreting Medieval Welsh Literature]
  • Amlddiwylliannedd yn y Diwylliant Cymraeg [Multiculturalism in Welsh-language Culture]
  • Canu'r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth 1990-2010 [Poetry of the New Wales: Poetry 1990-2010
  • Cyfieithu Proffesiynol [Professional Translation]
  • Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Gwerin [Introduction to Welsh Folklore]
  • Cyflwyniad i Hanes yr Iaith [History of the Welsh Language]
  • Cymdeithaseg yr Wyddeleg [The Sociology of the Irish Language]
  • Cymraeg i Oedolion [Teaching Welsh to Adults]
  • Cymru ar Daith: Llên Teithio Gymraeg [Wales on the Move: Welsh Travel Writing]
  • Cynllunio Ieithyddol [Language Planning]
  • Y Chwedl Arthuraidd [The Arthurian Legend]
  • Dadeni a Diwygiad 1550-1900 [Renaissance and Revival 1550-1900]
  • Dafydd ap Gwilym [Dafydd ap Gwilym]
  • Y Ddrama Gyfoes [Contemporary Drama]
  • Y Ferch yn yr Oesoedd Canol [Women in Medieval Wales]
  • I Fyd y Faled [The World of the Ballad]
  • Gwleidyddiaeth a Phropaganda yn Llenyddiaeth yr 20g [Politics and Propaganda in 20th Century Literature]
  • Hanes y Ddrama [History of Welsh Drama]
  • Hunaniaeth a Diwylliant y Wladfa [The Identity and Culture of the Welsh Colony in Patagonia]
  • Iaith, y Ddinas a Chymdeithas [Language, the City and Society]
  • Iaith, Gwleidyddiaeth a Gwrthdaro [Language, Politics and Conflict]
  • Llenyddiaeth er 1900 [Literature since 1900]
  • Llenyddiaeth Plant [Children's Literature]
  • Llên y Ddinas [Urban Literature]
  • Merched a Llên yn y Cyfnod Modern [Women and Literature in the Modern Period]
  • Pedeir Keinc y Mabinogi [The Four Branches of the Mabinogi]
  • Rhyddiaith Ddiweddar [Modern Welsh Prose]
  • Saunders Lewis [Saunders Lewis]
  • Sgriptio [Scriptwriting]
  • Sosioieithyddiaeth [Sociolinguistics]
  • Theori a Beirniadaeth Lenyddol [Literary Criticism and Theory]
  • Williams Pantycelyn a'r Emyn [Williams Pantycelyn and the Welsh Hymn]
  • Ysgrifennu Creadigol [Creative Writing]

Click here for more information about the course structure, modules and teaching for Education.

For more information about learning and  assessment for these subjects, please visit the individual profiles of Education and Welsh on our website.

Typical A-level Offer  BBB.

Three A-level subjects, usually including Welsh but excluding General Studies.

Please note that this course is not available to second language Welsh students.

Typical WBQ Offer Grade A in the Core, plus grades BB at GCE Advanced level
Typical Int Bacc Offer 32
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.

For more information about careers for these subjects, please visit the individual profiles of Education and Welsh on our website.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: SOCSI Undergraduate Admissions Office  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5122 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4175 


School Website:

School Contact

Name: Dr Rhiannon Marks  

Telephone: 029 2087 5594 



More information

School of Social Sciences