About This Course
This course has been developed in response to the growing demand from employers for graduates with a high standard of Welsh language skills that can be easily utilised in the workplace. You will study a variety of areas related to Welsh language and literature with emphasis placed on both the practical and the vocational. This course provides the opportunity to complete work experience with employers and professional companies.
We see Welsh as a subject for students from all walks of life. This four year course allows complete beginners to study with us.
This course works closely with Canolfan Bedwyr, named after the former head of Bangor’s Welsh Department, the late Bedwyr Lewis Jones. You will benefit from the national and international expertise that Canolfan Bedwyr has developed over the years.
The 4-year beginners’ pathway, includes a foundation year, which focuses on practical skills and has been designed for Welsh learners and beginners. This route gives the opportunity for language learning and also the chance to build confidence in readiness, in the following year, to join the first year of the BA Professional Welsh.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- Bangor is an ideal location to study Welsh. You will get to fully develop your skills by learning in small groups and by following special modules.
- Bangor University is located in the county of Gwynedd, where the majority of the population speaks Welsh. No other university offers such a remarkable linguistic environment to study a living Celtic language.
- You will have the opportunity to go on work experience as an integrated part of the course.
- At Bangor, you can experience all aspects of student life through the medium of Welsh, in a natural and friendly environment.
- Lecturers at the School of Welsh have won important national prizes: we have two crowned poets and two prose medal winners at the National Eisteddfod, and our lecturers have won the Book of the Year prize several times.
- You will be taught by academic staff who are leading international experts in their respective fields of study.
The four-year programme includes a Foundation Year, which leads to the regular three-year BA degree (see also Professional Welsh BA).
There will be a variety of assessment methods depending on the requirements of individual modules. You will learn through a combination of lectures and seminars, and will also be able to go on a work placement. Our aim is to give students the opportunity to study the Welsh language in a practical way that will strengthen their written and oral skills and also allow them to study Welsh literature. This course places particular emphasis on developing awareness, and promoting understanding, of Welsh in the workplace.
What will you study on this course?
The foundation year focuses mainly on developing speaking skills. Students will also develop writing skills and have the opportunity to learn about the history, literature and culture of Wales.
During this year, you will be learning under the guidance of specialists at the north-west Wales Welsh for Adults Centre as well as the School of Welsh.
- Cymraeg Llafar Dwys 1 (Intensive Spoken Welsh 1)
- Cymraeg Llafar Dwys 2 (Intensive Spoken Welsh 2)
- Cyflwyno Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg (Introduction to Welsh Literature)
You will join 1st year students on the Welsh BA degree (second-language route).
- Defnyddio’r Gymraeg
- O’r Senedd i’r Swyddfa
- Llên Gyfoes
- Llên y Cyfnod Modern Cynnar
- Cyflwyniad i Bolisi a Chynllunio Ieithyddol a ddysgir gan Dr Rhian Hodges o’r Ysgol Gwyddorau Cymdeithas
You may choose up to 40 further credits from modules in the School of Welsh from a list that may include:
- Golwg ar Lenyddiaeth II (Looking at Literature II)
- Defnyddio’r Gymraeg (Using Welsh)
- Sgriptio Teledu (Scriptwriting for Television)
- Gweithdy Creadigol (Creative Workshop)
- Theatr Fodern Ewrop (Modern European Theatre)
- Gwyddeleg Modern (Modern Irish)
- O’r Senedd i’r Swyddfa (From the Senedd to the Office)
In Year 2 you will follow two core modules. The Iaith Gwaith (Working Welsh) core module will build further on from the O’r Senedd i’r Swyddfa module and include additional work experience. The second core module, Ymarfer Ysgrifennu (Practical Writing) will apply what was learned during Defnyddio’r Gymraeg to specific contexts, e.g. summaries, news bulletins, reviews, short translation. You will also have the opportunity to choose any other 40-60 credits from the School of Welsh modules or other schools. Many of our modules are taught every second year (to the Second and Third Years together). For that reason students will follow the mandatory Datblygiad yr Iaith (a module which maps the history of Welsh from its earliest period to the present) when available to them.
During the final year you will follow two core modules. Medrau Cyfieithu (Translation Skills) will build on the linguistic skills developed in Defnyddio’r Gymraeg and Ymarfer Ysgrifennu. The focus of the Portffolio Proffesiynol (Professional Portfolio) module will be on independent research skills. Here there will be an opportunity to: link your project to your work experience, to focus on an individual case study, or to present a portfolio of relevant materials. You will also select another 60 credits from those offered by the School of Welsh modules (with the exception of the Dissertation module).
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 (for Beginners) Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to 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 2020 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.
A degree in Professional Welsh can lead to a wide range of careers. There is tremendous demand for graduates from the School of Welsh and the skills that you learn in pursuing more practical modules are great preparation for a career and the jobs market. Many graduates go on to work in a variety of areas such as teaching (primary, secondary, further education, higher education), translation, journalism, media, editing and publishing, marketing and public relations, press officers , language planning, administration 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.