ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: ABB - BBB at A-level and a minimum or five A*- C grade GCSE passes including English Language and Maths at Grade C or above, and an A/A* in Welsh.
This degree is only available to First Language Welsh speakers.
AVERAGE EARNINGS: Typical salaries for qualified primary and secondary school teachers are in the region of £22,467-£33,160, depending on experience. Within leadership and managerial roles in education, salaries can significantly exceed this. As a headteacher you could earn as much as £108,282 (DofE). Translators can expect to earn in the region of £18,000-£30,000.
ACCREDITATION: The curriculum for this programme has been informed by and is aligned to the most recent QAA benchmark statements for Education (2015) and Welsh (2016).
Why take this course?
- The Department of Welsh at Swansea University is ranked in the Top 5 for student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2016).
- Students will be equipped with a solid grounding in contemporary theories and conceptual models of education, whilst also developing their understanding and command of the Welsh language, its literature and culture.
- The degree structure is flexible, offering a wide-range of specialist modules that allow students to tailor their degree to their future career goals while developing their individual interests.
- As part of the degree, all students will be given the option of studying towards the Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), at a substantially reduced cost to students.
- A unique aspect of the degree is its emphasis on learning in a digital age, affording students opportunities to experiment, assess and reflect on digital learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.
- In years two and three of the degree, students have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities.
- The Department of Welsh at Academi Hywel Teifi is ranked 1st in Wales and 2nd in the UK for the quality, significance and impact of its research (Celtic Studies sub-panel, The Research Excellence Framework 2014).
- The University's Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.
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The Education and Welsh joint honours degree will enable students to specialise in both subjects, developing a range and mix of skills and knowledge which will enhance their future career prospects. The programme is intended for students who wish to develop their understanding and command of the Welsh Language and consider a broad spectrum of education theory and practice.
Designed for First Language Welsh speakers, our BA (Hons) Education and Welsh programme considers:
- Education in a wide context, not just within formal primary and secondary school settings, but also Further/Higher Education, social services, local and national government, and education within the community.
- The Welsh language, its literature and culture. Students will develop their proficiency in both written and oral work, and expand their vocabulary and command of the Welsh language through discussion of Welsh literature and culture from history right through to the present day. Students will study attitudes towards minority languages, the aims and success of language legislation in the 20th and 21st century, the factors that influence language regeneration, syntax and linguistics, the role of the translator, and good practice in translation.
Consequently, graduates will develop the skills and knowledge to design and evaluate education processes, curriculum and programmes, and will be well placed to inform the practice and delivery of Welsh education.
Research Focused: Students will be equipped with a solid grounding in Welsh language, literature and culture, as well as contemporary theories and conceptual models of education as applied to local, national and international practice. Students will develop the research skills needed to critically evaluate current education practice and policy, and in turn, inform future policy development in a rapidly changing political and social environment.
Enhancing Employability: Employability and study skills are embedded throughout our BA (Hons) Education and Welsh programme, with all students having the opportunity to undertake optional work placement modules in years two and three of the degree. A degree in Education and Welsh will equip students with the skills necessary for fulfilling professional careers in either Education or the Welsh medium sector. It affords excellent preparation for students wishing to undertake further training in primary, secondary or further education in the medium of Welsh, and opens up doors to a wide range of careers.
In addition, with our unique emphasis on learning in a digital age, students will be well equipped to utilise cutting edge learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.
For further information please refer to the 'Careers and Employability' section.
As the demand for Welsh speakers is high, a degree in Welsh is highly valued by employers that require Welsh or bilingual speakers. The Department of Welsh at Swansea has an excellent employability record, with many graduates going on to secure professional jobs in a variety of organisations and companies. Recent graduate destinations include: Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, Gwent Welsh for Adults, Mynydd-bach Translation Unit, Welsh Language Community Initiatives, BBC, S4C, and Carmarthenshire County Council.
A degree in Education and Welsh will equip students with the necessary knowledge of education theory and practice, language proficiency and transferable skills for a wide range of fulfilling professional roles in the public and private sector. Consequently, it provides an excellent foundation for many types of careers, including:
- early years teaching, play therapy and education administration
- community development work
- Welsh education research
- local authority, local and national government and social services roles
- learning mentoring and community education welfare
- translation, media and performing arts (Welsh medium)
- education and Welsh publishing
- education departments in museums, galleries and theatres
Graduates may also choose to pursue further training in primary, secondary or further education (e.g., primary PGCE, Post Compulsory Education and Training), or undertake a Master's course or PhD in Welsh, Education, or a related social science, to further enhance their professional skills, knowledge and experience. Students with an Education and Welsh joint honours degree will be particularly well placed to undertake further teacher training through the medium of Welsh.
Please note: Achievement of this qualification alone does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
In connection with the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) and University's Career and Employability Service, students will be supported to undertake the SEA Bronze award in year one of their studies. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake optional employability modules, which include work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities. On completion of these modules, students are awarded the Silver and Gold SEA Awards respectively. In addition, through our programme of field visits, and by completing the final year research based dissertation, students will also be supported to achieve the Platinum Level of the SEA Award. Completion of the SEA award will be recorded on students Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
As part of the degree, all students will have the option of studying towards the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), at a substantially reduced cost. The CELTA is useful for those hoping to start a career in English language teaching abroad or in the UK and is recognised world-wide as basic training for employment in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching.
Information on ways to gain international experience while at Swansea University is available here on our international opportunities webpages.