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Welsh (for Beginners)

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. To include 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

Welsh language

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.
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.

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.

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


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

100%
high
Welsh language

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below 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.

Welsh studies

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
100%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
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.

Language 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.

£16,744
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
65%
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

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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