BA Welsh (Joint Honours)

Welsh/Cymraeg - BA (Joint Honours)

Key Facts

UCAS Codes:

XQ35: BA (Hons) Education Studies & Welsh

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Education

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

 

Course Overview

T​​he study of Welsh/Cymraeg at Cardiff Met forms part of the ​BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme within​​ the Cardiff School of Education.​

This course is suitable for both first and second language speakers. The programme builds on A-level Welsh (first and second language), and is also suitable for Welsh medium students following the Welsh Baccalaureate. 

Personalised individual support is a strong feature of this degree, and we provide specialised language clinics to support students throughout their study.

You can combine Welsh with the following subjects and graduate with the following named degree:

Course Content

In addition to the Welsh modules all students also undertake core modules. These are designed to help you develop academic and research skills required for successful study within higher education, and to help you both to explore future options for employment and to develop employability skills.

The modules are:

​​Year One:​

Welsh Modules:

Knowledge of Language (1)/ Gwybodaeth am iaith (1) (20 credits)

You will build on previously acquired language skills in a variety of ways. Developing a mastery of verb forms is a key aspect of the grammar covered. Emphasis is placed on providing an appropriate level of support to individual needs and developing confidence and proficiency in all language skill areas. Sessions are interactive and always involve working independently and collaboratively on grammar exercises and language tasks.

What our students say:

"Rydyn ni'n dysgu drwy gemau a thasgau ac mae'r sesiwn yn hwyl."

"Roedd y darlithoedd yn benodol ac wedi cael eu trefnu'n dda. Teimlais fy modd wedi dysgu llawer."

"Roedd cyfle i astudio rhai pethau a astudiais yn lefel A ond ar lefel uwch."

Contemporary Welsh Media / Cymraeg a'r Cyfryngau Cyfoes (10 credits)

You will study a variety of genres linked to the Welsh media. This is an opportunity to discuss different areas such as programmes on S4C, films, Radio Cymru and the internet. Trips are arranged to productions in Canolfan y Mileniwm, the Sherman, TV studios such as Jonathon, allowing you to experience a range of performances in Cardiff.  

What our students say:

"Rydw i'n mwynhau'r modiwl cyfryngau oherwydd rydyn ni'n astudio rhaglenni teledu, rhaglenni radio a ffilmiau Cymraeg newydd."

"Mae'r sesiynau cyrfyngau yn llawer o hwyl, yn enwedig y tripiau."

"Rwyf yn hoff o'r modiwl yma oherwydd y mewnolwg i'r cyfryngau. Cyn y modiwl doedd gen i ddim ymwybyddiaeth o'r gwahanol gyfryngau sydd ar gael yn Gymraeg."

The literary tradition / Y Traddodiad Llenyddol  (10 credits)

You will study a series of core texts from different periods of Welsh literature, dating from the sixth century to the modern day. There is a wide variety of texts to suits all tastes!

What our students say:

"Teimlais yn hyderus i fynd ati i ysgrifennu'r aseiniad ar ôl y darlithoedd oedd yn ein paratoi yn dda."

"Hwn oedd fy hoff fodiwl oherwydd y dewis eang o waith llenyddol creadigol. Rwyf wedi dysgu llawer."

"Dysgais i lawer am lenyddiaeth Gymraeg a hanes llenyddiaeth Gymraeg, pethau nad oeddwn i'n gwybod o'r blaen."

Creative Forms / Ffurfiau Creadigol (10 credits)

This module allows you to develop your creative skills in a range of areas. You will study genres such as Yr Araith, looking at Martin Luther King's famous speech ("I have a dream"), comparing it to famous Welsh speeches, and then writing your own! This is a varied module allowing you to develop your language creatively in a range of interesting genres.

What our students say:

"Roeddwn i'n hoffi cael ysgrifennu darnau creadigol fy hun."

"Mwynheuais i astudio ffurfiau creadigol yn fanwl a sylwi ar y technegau. Yna, roeddwn i'n gallu creu fy narnau fy hun."

"Cyn gwneud y modiwl yma doeddwn i ddim yn meddwl fy mod i'n mwynhau ysgrifennu creadigol ond cefais i syndod gymaint mwynheuais i greu gwaith gwreiddiol yn y Gymraeg."


Core Modules:

Skills for Success in Higher Education (10 credits)

This module will help you develop an awareness of the essential skills required for successful academic engagement, including the skills of writing for different audiences, presenting, referencing and accessing/using online resources. You will be encouraged to develop critical self-reflection skills which will enable you to set targets for further academic development.

Developing work-based skills (10 credits)

Using lectures, e-lectures and workshops you will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required for graduate level employment, including self-employment and entrepreneurship. You will evaluate your own skills and related career intentions and investigate opportunities and challenges with respect to employability.

Year Two:

Welsh Modules:

Knowledge of Language (2)/ Gwybodaeth am Iaith (2) (20 credits)

You will build on language skills developed in Year 1. Developing descriptive and creative writing based on a secure knowledge of adjectives is a key element of this module. Emphasis is placed on providing an appropriate level of support to individual needs and developing confidence and proficiency in all language skill areas. Sessions are interactive and always involve working independently and collaboratively on grammar exercises and language tasks.

What our students say:

"Dwi wedi gallu ymarfer a dysgu patrymau iaith a gramadeg sy'n gwella fy Nghymraeg llafar ac ysgrifenedig."

"Rwyf yn hoffi'r ffaith fy mod yn gallu dewis fy mhwnc llosg fy hun i'w drafod yn yr aseiniad."

"Cyfle da i ail-ymweld â gramadeg a phethau ddysgais i ym mlwyddyn 1, cyn dysgu gwaith newydd."

Welsh in an International Context / Cymraeg mewn Cyd-destun Rhyngwladol (10 credits)

You will follow the development of the Welsh language throughout the ages, looking at key event in our linguistic history. You will analyse the stages in development of modern Welsh and the status of the language today. The census will be a key document in discussing the numbers and movement of Welsh speakers, linked to key Welsh language movements such as Cymdeithas Yr Iaith. A trip to the Assembly is a must and also the opportunity to take part in a live debate!

What our students say:

"Fe wnes i ymchwilio i'r defnydd o'r Gymraeg fel iaith leiafrifol ym Mhatagonia – roedd yn ddiddorol iawn."

"Roedd y modiwl hwn yn rhywbeth newydd i fi ac felly yn ddiddorol iawn."

"Dyma un o fy hoff fodiwlau. Cefais gyfle i ddysgu am iaith newydd sef Cernyweg a'i chymhary gyda'r Gymraeg."

Professional Welsh/ Cymraeg Proffesiynol (10 credits)

This module develops your professional skills, helping to prepare you for employment. Practical workshops are held in CV writing, letters of application and interview techniques. A 5 day work placement is the core of the module, with all students attending a Welsh medium work placement arranged to suit each person's individual needs.

What our students say:

"Dwi nawr yn teimlo'n fwy hyderus i siarad Cymraeg ar ôl dilyn y modiwl hwn."

"Roedd hwn yn gyfle da i wella fy sgiliau wrth gael profiad o fewn byd gwaith."

"Cyfle i wella fy sgiliau byd gwaith a fy sgiliau Cymraeg ar yr un pryd."

Tales & the Novel / Chwedl a Nofel (10 credits)

This is an opportunity for you to appreciate the craft of the early Welsh storytellers as you study the Mabinogion and other early Wales tales. In the second half of the module you will learn about the contemporary Welsh novel. There will be an opportunity for you to sample a wide range of novels and then select one which appeals to you for an in-depth study.

What our students say:

"Dwi wedi dysgu am lawer o'r hen chwedlau Cymreig. Mae'r storiau yn wych."

"Roedd cyfle i ni ddarllen darnau byrion o lawer o nofelau ond yna mwynheuais i gael dewis fy nofel fy hun  ar gyfer yr aseiniad."

"Dwi wedi cael blas ar nofelau Cymraeg cyfoes. Mae cymaint o nofelau newydd Cymraeg. Dwi'n bendant yn mynd i ddarllen mwy."

Core Modules:

Work-related placement: managing yourself and others (10 credits)

Linked to a week-long placement in a work setting, this module aims to develop key employability skills. You will develop key communication skills relevant to employment in relevant professional contexts.  The placement takes place in a setting of your choice where possible, you will also have the opportunity to extend your placement by mutual agreement with providers.

An introduction to academic research (10 credits)

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of key concepts relating to academic research and the research process so that you will have the requisite knowledge to enable you to conduct the extended independent project in your final year. In addition to generic content relevant to all students, you will receive support tailored toward your chosen subject.​

Year Three:

Welsh Modules:

Knowledge of Language (3)/ Gwybodaeth am Iaith (3) (20 credits)

You will build on language skills developed in Years 1 and 2. Developing translanguaging, summarising and translating skills is a key element of this module. Emphasis is placed on providing an appropriate level of support to individual needs and developing confidence and proficiency in all language skill areas. Sessions are interactive and always involve working independently and collaboratively on grammar exercises and language tasks.

What our students say:

"Rydw i'n mwynhau mynd i'r sesiwn iaith bob wythnos achos mae'n fy helpu gyda fy iaith.

"Mae'r sesiynau iaith yn fy helpu i wella fy iaith wrth ysgrifennu aseiniadau​." 

"Fel myfyriwr ail-iaith mae'r modiwl hwn wedi bod yn ddefnyddiol iawn i fi ddatblygu fy sgiliau."

Old Poetry / Yr Hen Gerdd  (10 credits)

You will be learning about the earliest known Welsh poetry from the 6th Century, the heroic tales of battle told by Aneirin and Taliesin. You will then see very different attitudes towards battle in the poetry of Llywarch Hen and Heledd. In the second half of this module you will be reading the more risqué poetry of Dafydd ap Gwilym as well as his lyrical nature poetry. Throughout this module you will learn to appreciate the impact that the society at the time has on the literature but also appreciate that many of the themes are timeless and are applicable to us today.

What our students say:

"Mae'n ddiddorol dysgu am hen farddoniaeth Gymraeg er mwyn gwybod am ein treftataeth."

"Doeddwn i ddim yn gwybod llawer am hanes yr hen farddoniaeth cyn y modiwl hwn ond nawr dwi'n teimlo fy mod i wedi dysgu llawer."

"Mwynheuais i astudio barddoniaeth serch Dafydd ap Gwilym. Fe wnaethon ni chwerthin llawer!"

Contemporary Poetry/ Cerddi Cyfoes (10 credits)

This module introduces you to the world of modern Welsh poetry. You will study works of the core 20th and 21st century poets, and develop an understanding of a range of modern poets and their works. 

What our students say:

"Cyn dod i'r brifysgol doeddwn i ddim yn hoffi llenyddiaeth ond nawr dyma un o fy hoff fodiwlau!"

"Mae'r modiwl hwn wedi ymestyn fy ngwybodaeth am farddoniaeth gyfoes Gymraeg."

"Mae'r beirdd yn siarad  am bethau sy'n berthnasol i ni heddiw yng Nghymru."

Core Modules:

Independent Project (40 credits)

You will complete an independent research or enquiry-based project of a practical or theoretical nature. This will enable you to demonstrate independence in your approach to research and enhance your project planning experience. You will receive guidance and support from a supervisor.​

Learning & Teaching

We use a range of teaching approaches, those best suited to meeting the needs of learners and developing the skills valued by employers. Delivery methods include workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments and visits. We use ICT throughout all modules. All students are supported throughout the course in developing their language skills with regular language clinics.

Assessment

We employ a range of assessment strategies, carefully designed to provide realistic opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways. Innovative approaches are used, such as workshops, blogs, presentations and patchwork texts, in addition to the more traditional essays and exams.

Employability & Careers

The Welsh pathway naturally leads to Teacher Training (Primary and Welsh Secondary PGCE), and research in Welsh and Education. Welsh graduates may also pursue careers in educational welfare, administration and management. This pathway may lead to careers in the full range of school contexts (Nursery / Primary / Secondary). This versatile pathway thus provides access to a range of fulfilling careers either in Education or the Welsh medium sector. By doing this course however, students will have developed a range of skills applicable to a wide range of settings and careers. Because of this, students are not restricted by the subject studied and many graduates will go into employment and develop successful careers not necessarily using the subject specific knowledge they have gained. 

Case Study - Sarah Rees (pictured above):

"Studying an undergraduate degree in Educational Studies and Welsh at Cardiff Met provided me with a secure foundation for my future. Having always aspired to teach, I found every module to be relevant to my interests, with staff providing a vast amount of support. I particularly enjoyed the elements of the degree where I undertook placements at educational establishments, which helped form decisions in relation to my chosen career path. Following my degree, I decided to undertake a PGCE Secondary Welsh qualification, where again I was supported throughout, and had the opportunity to work in contrasting schools across South Wales.

Both my undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications ensured I was ready for the world of teaching, having gained lots of knowledge from various modules, looking at different issues within education and completing a wide range of assessments such as presentations, seminars and dissertations. All of the knowledge, skills and experience gained whilst studying at Cardiff Met definitely contributed to my successful appointment as a Welsh teacher at a Cardiff secondary school. I am now undertaking a Masters in Educational Practice whilst aspiring to climb the education career ladder; none of this would be achievable if it weren't for the outstanding provision I received from Cardiff Met Education and Welsh teams over the past 4 years." 

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

For further information on entry requirements and how to apply, please refer to the Joint Honours Course Overview.​​​

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk. ​

For course specific enquiries, please contact : 

Dr Gina Morgan
Email: gmorgan@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 7251


Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms