Professional Welsh (for Beginners) BA (Hons)
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.
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.
Employability and the School of Welsh and Celtic Studies
It's a very exciting time for graduates leaving University with a qualification in Welsh. With the statutory demand for pupils to study Welsh at school until the age of 16, there is a growing demand for teachers, both primary and secondary, with good qualifications in the subject. Traditionally many of our students, who go on to do research for a postgraduate course, often end up lecturing at colleges and Universities.
Opportunities in Media
There are now many more choices for our graduates than ever before. Since S4C was founded in the early 80s, a number of our students went on to work in the media industry as researchers, producers and TV and Radio presenters, and script writers for popular programmes such as Pobl y Cwm and journalists with BBC and ITV. Others were successful in getting jobs with magazines like Golwg and Barn; while others went on to work as translators with big companies like Y Lolfa, Gwasg Gomer and the Welsh Books Council.
One of the implications of setting up the Welsh Language Board was that all public services and local authorities were legally obliged to produce a Welsh Language Scheme. Many of our graduates were employed to produce theses new language schemes.
As a result of the National Assembly for Wales opening in Cardiff, there was a growing demand for translators, editors and proof readers with a high standard of Welsh.
A number of our graduates have also made their mark as successful actors on stage and TV. Others have gone on to join the police, public services and even priesthood.
In summary, a degree in Welsh gives you a sought after qualification and a number of career paths to choose from.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you StudyThe Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
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 entry requirements
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.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course 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 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 help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on 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.
Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants
E-mail for General Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717
International students (non-UCAS applicants)
Email to International Admissions: email@example.com or write to
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
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 guest tickets (£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.
How to apply through UCASApply online via UCAS
UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.
Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.
The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.
The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.
Your Personal Statement
Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.
To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.
Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.
After you’ve applied
You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.
You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.
If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.
As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;
- apply via UCAS,
- or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
- or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents
We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.
Confused about your next steps?
Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.
Why study at the School of Welsh and Celtic Studies
School Excellence Scholarships - Rewarding Academic Achievement: students who start a BA course in the Schools of Modern Languages & Cultures, Music, Philosophy & Religion or Welsh will be eligible for an MA Scholarship. These scholarships will be available to UK, EU and International students who have completed a BA degree in one of these Schools in Bangor University; achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme based in one of the Schools above. BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee waiver for the MA. BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a fee reduction, and pay £1,000 fees for the MA. For more information about these scholarships please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A degree in Welsh gives you the opportunity to study one of the oldest languages in Europe. You’ll be able to learn more about the poetic traditions and some highlights of the prose tradition.
John Morris-Jones, one of the most important scholars and successful poets in Wales, was the first Professor of Welsh at Bangor. One of his most famous students at the beginning of the twentieth century was Kate Roberts, an author who was later crowned the queen of literature in Wales.
During your time at the School of Welsh you will also get the chance to study the work of many more of the department’s graduates, some of whom are well known litterateurs of the twentieth century, such as:
- Islwyn Ffowc Elis
- Eigra Lewis Roberts
- Angharad Tomos
- Sonia Edwards
- R. Williams Parry
- Gwyn Thomas
- Alan Llwyd
- Nesta Wyn Jones
- Einir Jones
- John Gwilym Jones
- William R. Lewis
- Dewi Wyn Williams
The fact that we’ve had creative writers such as R. Williams Parry and John Gwilym Jones on our staff in the past, and William R. Lewis, Gerwyn Wiliams, Jason Walford Davies and Gwyn Thomas being current staff at the department, is a clear sign of our commitment as an academic discipline.
One of our main priorities as a department is our students’ wellbeing. All our students are given a Personal Tutor that will be on hand to give help and advice about your academic work and personal difficulties. Also, to make sure that all our students get the best start at University, every first year student will be appointed a Peer Guide to help them settle in. The second and third year students will be there to help you during your first week as a student and beyond.
We also guarantee all first year students a place in our halls of residence. The most popular halls of residence with Welsh students is Neuadd John Morris Jones, home to centuries of Welsh students at Bangor for many years.
Writing in Welsh
A whole section of the School’s website is devoted to collating all the online resources that are available to help you write in Welsh.
Click here to gain access to this resource.
Studying at Bangor
Rated Gold for teaching
We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A top 10 university
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
Award-winning clubs and societies!
Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
Investment in facilities
Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.
Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence
We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
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