BA Cymraeg (first language / 3 years)

Course Overview

If you would like to develop your written and oral skills in Welsh, whether you would like to write or translate, studying Welsh at Swansea gives you the opportunity to explore the richness of our language, from the Mabinogion to the language of contemporary Wales. Studying Welsh at Swansea University will prepare you for a range of exciting career options.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

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.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-143Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Proffesiynol 1
Optional Modules
Modiwlau Gorfodol Dewisol - Compulsory Selective  

Choose Exactly 100 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Rhaid dewis cyfanswm o 120cr. Rhaid dewis cyfanswm o 60cr ym mhob bloc dysgu / You must choose a total of 120 credits. All listed modules are 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-124Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Statws y Gymraeg
CY-136Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Beirniadol
CY-137Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Ddoe a Heddiw
CY-138Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Trawsieithu
CY-139Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cymraeg Creadigol

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dadansoddi'r Gymraeg
CY-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Proffesiynol 2
Optional Modules

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-349Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Gymraeg yn y Gweithle
Optional Modules
Modiwlau Dewisol - Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 100 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Dewiswch ddau fodiwl yn semestr 1 a thri yn semestr 2. Rhaid astudio CY-354 Blas ar Ymchwil er mwyn gallu dilyn CY-356 Traethawd Estynedig. Select 2x modules in semester 1 and 3x modules in semester 2. If you select CY-356 (dissertation) you must also select CY-354.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfieithu
CY-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith a Chymdeithas
CY-352Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gwlad Beirdd a Storiwyr
CY-352Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gwlad Beirdd a Storiwyr
CY-353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfraith Hywel
CY-353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfraith Hywel
CY-354Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Blas ar Ymchwil
CY-356Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Traethawd Estynedig
CY-357Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama'r Gymraeg: Saunders Lewis a Gwenlyn Parry
CY-358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Y Gymraeg, Datganoli a'r Gyfraith


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 first language students is one which will develop our students' understanding, command and skills to produce graduates who have a thorough understanding and a firm grasp of the Welsh language, its literature and culture. Our graduates also possess valuable employability and creative skills to equip them for the increasingly competitive world of work. You will learn how to correct your own language, how to write to a high standard and how to give successful presentations. You will be taught in small groups, giving you the opportunity to get to know your lecturers and your fellow-students as you discover the richness of the Welsh culture.

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 2017-18

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offer is BBB at A-level or equivalent. We do no require A-level Welsh for first language Welsh speakers. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.

Welsh-medium provision is a key priority for the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government has a target of one million Welsh speakers by 2050 and sees education and linguistic progression as one of the main ways to achieve this, Therefore to support this priority, candidates, applying for Single Honours Welsh-medium degrees will receive an unconditional offer if their predicted achievement meets or exceeds our entry requirements, there is a record of success in a relevant GCSE and they hold Swansea University as their firm choice. 

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,700

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"In terms of my career and personal development, being able to speak Welsh has been vital. My time at Swansea University was very special. As I came from North Wales originally, I had never been to Swansea before, but I came on an open day and fell in love with the place! I got to study Welsh, live the Welsh life, and experience city life. Perfect!"

Nia Parry

S4C Presenter and Welsh tutor

"I remember visiting Swansea University when I was in school and thinking how friendly everyone was. I knew immediately that I would thrive and develop in the Welsh Department as it's such a welcoming department. I have now graduated and am studying for a PhD in the Department on Mae Theomemphus yn Hen (1977) by the Chief Bard, Dafydd Rowlands.

"Within the Welsh Department, the support of the lecturers, together with their expertise in their fields, ensures that all students are able to develop and succeed."

Catrin Heledd Richards

Graduated with a BA  Cymraeg, now studying for a PhD at Academi Hywel Teifi


In 2014, Swansea University achieved its ambition of being among the top 30 universities for research in the UK, shooting up to 26th place in the league table from 52nd in 2008.

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) placed Welsh at Swansea first among the Welsh institutions which submitted their work to the Celtic Studies sub-panel, and in second place in the UK. These results signify that 100% of Welsh language research work at Academi Hywel Teifi is world class or better and that 69% is internationally excellent or world-leading in the field. These results are consistent with the two previous surveys.

Two annual commemorative lectures are held, the Henry Lewis Memorial Lecture and the Hywel Teifi Edwards Memorial Lecture. The College also holds regular series of research seminars.

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

Statistics show that our graduates succeed in obtaining high quality professional employment within months of graduating.

We know from experience that you should engage with potential employers throughout your time studying with us and our contacts within the industry across Wales and Britain mean that you have the opportunity to meet and discuss your future with some of the UK's leading public relations producers, directors and practitioners. 

You'll also come face to face with potential employers in several modules within the Department of Media and Public Relations. This could be in delivering a communications strategy in a competitive pitch to a company director or as you proceed to conduct interviews whilst creating market research or whilst visiting some of Wales’ busiest translation units.

In addition, we offer a work experience module (Module No AHT200). On this module you will spend 10 days work experience with an organisation, charity, business or government organisation in Wales. Ideally you will attend the placement for a day a week throughout the term in order to develop employability skills and a comprehensive understanding of the world of work.

BBC, S4C, Welsh Government, National Assembly Wales, Natural Resources Wales, Welsh for Adults, Mynydd Bach Translation Unit, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Big Lottery Fund and Carmarthenshire County Council are among the institutions and companies that employ our graduates.  


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