About This Course
This course responds to the increased demand from employers for students who have high quality skills in Welsh which can be transferred easily to the workplace. You will study a variety of topics related to the Welsh language and literature with a strong emphasis on practical and occupational aspects. You will gain work experience with professional employers and companies.
This course works closely with Canolfan Bedwyr, a centre which has been named after the late Professor Bedwyr Lewis Jones, a previous head of the School of Welsh in Bangor. You will benefit from the national and international expertise that Canolfan Bedwyr has developed over the years. This course allows you to follow a degree with all of the components that would be expected within a traditional degree in Welsh, but with a clear practical route that leads to a variety of different career paths.
Please note: Applications from those who have studied other A Level subjects through the medium of Welsh will be considered on an individual basis.
Some of the public sector companies that have supported this new degree are Natural Resources Wales, Snowdonia National Park and Authority, Menter Iaith Môn and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Such support adds to the professional integrity of this programme.
This course is available as a 4-year ‘with Placement Year’ option. Please apply for Professional Welsh with Placement Year BA Q5PP. Find out more about 'with Placement Year' coures here.
The placement year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with a self-sourced organisation relevant to your degree subject. The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of your second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.
You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree, and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Skills and Employability Services.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- This course offers a combination of new and traditional modules which will be taught by specialists in their fields.
- You will be taught in smaller classes which will enable you to get to know the staff and your fellow students better.
- The School has a successful tradition of high quality teaching and consistently achieves over 95% general satisfaction levels among its students (according to recent student surveys).
- You will get the chance to go on work placements where your academic transferable skills will be put to practical effect.
- You will be taught by academic staff who are leading international experts in their respective fields of study and frequently research, and publish books and articles.
- The School’s high profile and the respect that employers have for our standards means that there is a high demand from employers for our students.
- Bangor allows you to live a full student life through the medium of Welsh in a friendly and natural environment.
You will be attending lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops each week. You will also be writing essays, various practices, further reading and preparation for seminars.
The assessment is a combination of coursework and examinations.
What will you study on this course?
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and there will also be opportunities to experience work placements. You will study a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules. You can follow some optional modules within the School of Welsh’s modules or from other schools. Assessment methods will vary according to the modules that have been chosen. The aim is to give you the opportunity to study the Welsh language in a practical way which will improve your writing and speaking skills as well as providing you with the opportunity to study aspects of Welsh literature up to the present day. There will be a special emphasis on understanding and developing a greater awareness of the Welsh language in the workplace.
In your First Year there will be an opportunity for you to go on work placement and you will experience guest lectures from representatives of different professions. You will follow four core modules which include Defnyddio’r Gymraeg which concentrates on aspects of contemporary Welsh grammar, O’r Senedd i’r Swyddfa which introduces language to the workplace, Llên Gyfoes which focuses on contemporary literature, and Llên y Cyfnod Modern Cynnar which focuses on Welsh literature from the 18th and 19th century. You will also study Cyflwyniad i Bolisi a Chynllunio Ieithyddol which will be taught be Dr Rhian Hodges from the School of Social Sciences. You will also have the freedom to choose up to 40 credits from the School of Welsh or other school’s modules.
In your Second Year you will follow two core modules. The first core module, Iaith Gwaith includes another opportunity to go on work placement and will build on the knowledge gained in O’r Senedd i’r Swyddfa. The second core module, Ymarfer Ysgrifennu combines that learned in Defnyddio’r Gymraeg with specific context, e.g. a summary, news bulletin, review, short translation, and increases your awareness of different language registers. You will get to choose any other 40-60 credits from the School of Welsh’s modules or from other schools. In the case of a number of our modules, we teach the Second and Third Years together every other year, so students will study the compulsory module Datblygiad yr Iaith which maps the history of the Welsh language from its earliest period up to the present when it will be available to them.
In your Third Year, you will study two core modules. The first core module, Medrau Cyfieithu, builds on the language skills learnt in Defnyddio’r Gymraeg and Ymarfer Ysgrifennu. The emphasis in the other core module, Portffolio Proffesiynol will be on independent study: there will be a chance to link the project with what was done during the work experience, to concentrate on an individual case study, or to present a portfolio of relevant material. Once again, you can choose any 60 credits from the School of Welsh’s modules (except for the module Y Traethawd Estynedig).
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Professional Welsh Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Students may choose to buy books, but this is not compulsory as all books will be available in the library. The exact cost depends entirely on the individual student, but it could be estimated that students choose to spend around £20 per module.
If the student attends the graduation ceremony, c.£12 will be paid for student ticket and two guest tickets, and c.£40 to hire a gown (prices may change).
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (including grade B in Welsh)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (including grade H6 in Welsh)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM**
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis**
- Access course with Welsh elemen
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
This degree can lead to various job prospects. There is a high demand for graduates from our School and the skills you will learn by studying more practical modules are a great way to prepare you for work and a career. Our graduates go on to careers in education, the translation industry, media/journalism, PR, marketing, language planning, the heritage industry and the civil service.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.