If you'd like to study Cymraeg in a friendly department that has earned a world-class reputation for the standard of its research, then Abertawe is the place for you! With an emphasis on developing core skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, the BA Cymraeg at Swansea prepares you for a broad range of career options.
5 Good Reasons to study Cymraeg at Abertawe
- 100% of the Welsh Department's research is world class or better, according to the results of the latest Research Excellence Framework, REF 2014
- You will be taught by some of the leading Welsh authors and scholars - staff in the Welsh Department include three Chief Bards, an Archdruid and winners of the Welsh Book of the Year Competition
- Year after year, we receive the maximum marks for student satisfaction
- Valuable opportunities for work experience
- Prominent scholars, such as Hywel Teifi Edwards, Henry Lewis and D. Ellis Evans are among past professors here and Saunders Lewis was a lecturer in the Department.
If you would like to study Welsh in a friendly department which has an excellent reputation for the quality of it's teaching and research, Swansea is the place for you. Our team of enthusiastic staff is eager to ensure that our students succeed academically and enjoy their time by the coast.
Most students who study Welsh at Swansea University follow a single honours degree (BA in Welsh) which is a full-time three year course. There is also an option to study part-time, which is usually a six year course.
The pathway for second language students is very intensive in the first year with a lot more contact hours than normal, in order to fully prepare students for the rest of their course. With that aim in mind, first language and second language students are taught separately in the first year but are brought together gradually from the start of the second year on. Students who follow the two pathways will have exactly the same qualification (BA in Welsh) at the end of their course, and we are proud of the fact that both first language students and second language students feature among those who achieve the best results each year.
As all Welsh graduates are expected to be able to communicate correctly and confidently, orally and in writing, all students (whether on a single honours or joint honours scheme) will study at least one mandatory language module each year throughout the course. In the first year, you will also have an opportunity to expand your vocabulary and develop the various skills you will need for the rest of the course, through discussing Welsh literature and culture, from the earliest periods right through to the twenty first century.
A number of options will be offered at levels 2 and 3, some literary, some with a linguistic tendency, some vocational and some which develop specific study skills. Modules offered at levels 2 and 3 include 'Dwyieithrwydd a chynllunio ieithyddol' (Bilingualism and language planning), 'Delweddu'r Cymoedd' (Representations of the valleys), 'Y Deddfau Iaith, yr Eisteddfod, y cyfryngau Cymraeg a sefydliadau eraill' (The Language Acts, the Eisteddfod, the Welsh media and other institutions) and work experience.
Please take a look at our Welsh Language Module Booklet: Llyfryn Modiwlau cyfrwng Cymraeg 2015-16