BA Cymraeg / Welsh (second language / 3 years)

2018 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We have places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018. 
For up to date information on vacancies and applying through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2018 Clearing and Adjustment pages

Course Overview

Study a Welsh degree and explore the Welsh language, its culture and history. Our second pathway BA course is specially tailored to help you gain oral and written fluency, and grow in confidence in your use and understanding of the language. The themes you will study include Use of Language, Language Skills, Welsh at the Workplace, the Welsh Language Past and Present, Working in Two Languages, Translation, Language and Society, Multiculturalism and the Welsh Language, Contemporary Literature. Join us – our Welsh course will prepare you for a bright future.

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

Why study a Welsh degree with us?

  • You will study a wide variety of modules. The Department has expertise in the areas of: Language and Linguistics; Language Planning and Policy; Literature
  • You will have work placements to enhance your career prospects
  • You will follow an intensive course in the first year, with an emphasis on developing your individual skills and on providing high quality support
  • You will be taught by prominent authors and poets - among the staff there are two chief poets and winners in the Book of the Year competitions in Wales.
  • The results indicate that 100% of the Welsh Department's research is of an international standard or higher (REF 2014)
  • You can apply for the Coleg Cymraeg Main Scholarship of £ 3000, as well as the University's General Scholarships
  • Over the past couple of years (2017 and 2018), two recent graduates of this course have won the main Learner’s Prize at the Urdd Eisteddfod. 
  • You will have an academic mentor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support
  • 94% of students go on to work and or study six months after finishing the course (Source: Destinations of leavers from HE record)
  • Our Graduates have careers in the education,  marketing, media, politics, language planning, business, youth work, education, translation, administration and public services
  • Salary scale - £20,000-£42,000


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-126Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Sgiliau Cyflwyno a Chyfathrebu 1
CY-127Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Sgiliau Cyflwyno a Chyfathrebu 2
CY-130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Defnyddio'r Iaith
CY-131Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Defnyddio'r Iaith 2
Optional Modules
Compulsory Selective 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 60 credits from the modules below. Overall, you must have 60 credits from each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-128Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Barddoniaeth Heddiw
CY-129Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Rhyddiaith Heddiw
CY-132Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cadarnhau'r Seiliau
CY-138Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Trawsieithu

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-280Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Ymarfer
Optional Modules
Modiwlau Gorfodol Dewisol - Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Rhaid dewis cyfanswm o 60cr. Rhaid dewis cyfanswm o 60 cr ym mhob bloc dysgu / Select 60 credits from the following. Overall, you must select 60 credits from each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gweithio mewn dwy iaith
CY-228Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Storiau Ffantasiol
CY-229Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyflwyniad i Ysgrifennu Creadigol
CY-231Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Rhyddiaith Realaidd
CY-236Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Amlddiwylliannedd a'r Gymraeg
CY-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Ddoe a Heddiw

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 second language students is very intensive in the first year with a lot more contact hours than normal, in order to fully prepare students for the rest of their course. With that aim in mind, first language and second language students are taught separately in the first year but are brought together gradually from the start of the second year on. Students who follow the two pathways will have exactly the same qualification (BA in Welsh) at the end of their course, and we are proud of the fact that both first language students and second language students feature among those who achieve the best results each year.

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 2015-16 

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.

International students, please visit: For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

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

"I have fantastic memories of my time in Swansea. I met some amazing people and made lifelong friends. But, most important of all were the staff of the Welsh Department; they - without a doubt - gave me the foundations for a career in journalism and broadcasting in Wales. I have very fond memories of Monday afternoon lectures with Professor Hywel Teifi Edwards, when he would guide us through the literature of the 18th and 19th centuries in his own inimitable way!

"Swansea is a great place to study: you've got lecturers who are interested in their students, brilliant fellow students, high quality sports - and the social life is second to none." 

Jason Mohammad, Journalist and Television Presenter at BBC Wales

"There's more to studying for a Welsh degree than learning the language. There are a variety of modules available, which means you can learn about subjects like Wales and its history, its institutions and its media for example. The modules appeal to all sorts of people and the classes are small, which gives you a chance to get more attention and help from the lecturers. You'll meet people on your course who will be friends for life! During the course, I've developed a great interest in literature as these modules give you a chance to appreciate, analyse and compare texts whilst you study their language, content and style in detail."

Lauren Evans, Currently studying the BA Cymraeg (second language)


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

A bright future awaits our students.

Our graduates go on to follow a wide variety of careers. These include jobs in marketing, media, politics, language planning, business, youth work, education, translation, administration ... to name just a few.

Work placements are a core part of some of the Welsh Department's modules. We have two modules which focus specifically on gaining experience in a professional workplace, namely ‘Professional Development: Preparation for the Workplace’ (year 2) and ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ (year 3).

We also arrange a variety of paid work placements, as well as voluntary placements, for example:

Emily Chilcott

"During my second year, I had a great opportunity to spend a week at Rhondda Cynon Taff’s Translation Unit. This has undoubtedly confirmed my decision to work as a translator after graduating. I'm now looking forward to spending a week with another translation unit next year, as part of the 'Welsh in the Workplace' module."

Sioned Johnson Dowedswell

"I was fortunate enough recently to work alongside several members of staff on the CorCenCC research project. My role in the project was to collect data by recording conversations with people in the community. This was a great opportunity for me to develop my skills as well as gain experience of working on an academic project. The help, encouragement and support that I received when applying and starting this job was fantastic, and the whole experience was extremely valuable."

Industry Panel

The Department of Welsh has an Industry Panel that advises us how we can best prepare students for successful careers. Members of the Panel are:

  • Dai Bryer, Director of the Community Department (South Wales), Urdd Gobaith Cymru
  • Anna Davies, Bilingualism Manager, Gower College Swansea
  • Dyfrig Davies, Operations Director, Telesgop
  • Mair Parry-Jones, Head of Translation and Reporting Service, National Assembly for Wales
  • Gari Lewis, Former Head of Welsh in Education, Welsh Government
  • Emma Pugh, Welsh Language Unit Manager, DVLA
  • Gwyn Williams, Director of Communications, S4C 


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