BA Welsh (first language) and Geography (3 years)

Course Overview

The BA Welsh and Geography offers the study of Welsh and Human Geography.

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

  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • An education of the highest standard delivered by a team of enthusiastic and experienced staff
  • Small classroom sizes and increased contact hours
  • Funding opportunities by studying through the medium of Welsh
  • Opportunities for work experience
  • Study the wealth of Welsh literature and language whilst experiencing the excitement of the Welsh language community in Swansea!
  • Geography and Welsh will provide students with an understanding of the human world, the natural environment, and interactions between them; equip students with the Welsh language, literacy, practical, numerical and computational skills that are valued by many employers.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-281Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Proffesiynol
Optional Modules
AND
Optional JH BA or BSC Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select GEC259/GEG259 and GEC268/GEG268 if you intend to complete a Year 3 Geography Dissertation

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Y Byd Peryglus
GEC249Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hamdden, Cymdeithas a Gofod
GEC250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Geomorffoleg Afonol
GEC259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dadansoddi Data
GEC268Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Paratoadau Traethawd Hir
GEG202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Rivers
GEG206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Dangerous Earth: Understanding and Living with Natural Hazards
GEG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEG211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Glacial Environments and Processes, past and present
GEG217Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Creative Geographies
GEG219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Reconstructing Quaternary Environmental Change
GEG221Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Regional Economic Development and Policy
GEG229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Marginal Geographies
GEG230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Boundaries and Connections in Social Geography
GEG233Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Geographies of disease, health and well-being
GEG236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10The Earth from Space: Monitoring Global Environmental Change
GEG237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global Vegetation Patterns and Dynamics
GEG249Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Political Geographies
GEG259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Data Analysis
GEG268Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dissertation Preparation
GEL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Earth history
GEL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Geological Record of Past Environments

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-351Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Meistroli
Optional Modules

Description

Students study six modules, three in Welsh and three in Geography.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are ABB-BBB at A-level with a B in Welsh and Geography. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BB at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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 loved my degree. I specialised for the most part in physical geography. I was always fascinated in the wonders of the world and what made it tick. And you could definitely argue that my plate tectonics education helps me fully understand the dangers of living near the San Andreas Fault! Geography helps you look at the world with an analytical eye. It forces you to weigh up evidence and come to conclusions and question the origin of things. Journalism is exactly the same".

Melanie Bromley, BA (Hons) Geography

(Melanie followed a career in journalism and is currently the West Coast bureau chief of American Celebrity Magazine Us Weekly).

Research

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.

We aim to be one of the foremost international centres for research in human and physical geography, and to provide our students with excellent teaching and superb facilities in a friendly atmosphere.

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.