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Celtic Studies

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-C,C,C

To include evidence of linguistic ability.

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3. With evidence of linguistic ability.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-26

To include evidence of linguistic ability.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-MMM

To include evidence of linguistic ability.

UCAS Tariff

120-96

To include evidence of linguistic ability.

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2022

Subject

Celtic studies

Celtic Studies is a fascinating discipline, and this four-year degree will give you the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the culture, literature, history and languages of Britain, Ireland, Europe and beyond from the earliest period to the present day. As well as bringing the Celtic-speaking world to life, this course will also give you the chance to study individual Celtic languages.
Aberystwyth is renowned for its dedicated exploration of Celtic Studies and is the ideal location for those who wish to develop their interest in this subject. It is located in the heart of Welsh-speaking Wales, where the medieval and modern sit, with ease, side by side.
You don't have to be fluent in Welsh or Irish to study Celtic Studies, as this is an English-medium course. The equivalent Welsh-medium course is Cymraeg a'r Ieithoedd Celtaidd (Q562).

**Why study Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth?**
- International Reputation - The department is one of the liveliest academic and intellectual environments for Celtic studies in the world.

- A location like no other - On the west coast of Wales between Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains, you’ll be part of a friendly, outward-looking community - the ideal place to study the rich history and cultural heritage of the Celtic people and regions.

- Expertise - The department is a world-renowned centre for research and home to an inspirational team of world-leading experts in Welsh and Irish language and literature.

- Other Celtic Languages - You will have the opportunity to learn Scottish Gaelic and Breton as well as their respective literature.

- Student Satisfaction - In the recent student satisfaction survey, the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies was top in the UK for Celtic Studies (NSS 2020).

- Wide Choice - You will have a wide choice of stimulating modules to choose from that reflect the latest research interests of our lecturers.

- A Vibrant Welsh Community - You will flourish in our vibrant, Welsh community. Not only do we have a Students Union, but UMCA (Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Aberystwyth) hosts many events and societies for those who wish to be part of the wider welsh community.

- Stimulating Events - Studying here will provide the opportunity to attend a wealth of public lectures, book launches, performances and talks in the Department itself and beyond.

- The National Library of Wales - The library 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.

- The Centre of Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies - The Centre is a dedicated research institute, located alongside the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

- Irish Government Scholarship - You can apply to follow an intensive language course in Ireland, courtesy of the Irish Government.

This four-year degree has been designed to allow you to explore your interests in areas such as Welsh literature; women's poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales; early Irish saga literature; comparative Celtic philology; Gaelic bardic poetry; Old Irish and Middle Welsh; the Mabinogion; Celtic literature of landscape; King Arthur of the Welsh. The first year will enable you to consider the broad questions of identity, culture and literature, while introducing you to a modern Celtic language. In subsequent years you will concentrate on expanding and consolidating your knowledge of modern and historical Celtic languages, as well as the literature and culture of Celtic-speakers from the earliest history to the present day.

**How will I be taught?**
You will be taught through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and other innovative teaching methods. In the seminars, the groups are smaller and the atmosphere more informal, to foster open discussion.
**How will I be assessed?**
Your work will be assessed through a combination of course work and examinations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£14,300
per year
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Celtic studies

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

European languages and area studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Business, research and administrative professionals

As only a small number of students study this course, these stats refer to both the Gaelic and Celtic languages and study — over 40% of the graduates in this area have studied Welsh and another quarter studied Irish Gaelic. Not surprisingly, most graduates go to work in the regions they studied, so these subjects tend to lead to jobs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and salaries reflect that, being a little lower than the graduate average. Graduates from Celtic studies subjects are also quite likely to go into teacher training when they graduate.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Celtic studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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