BA Cymraeg / Welsh (second language / 3 years)

  1. UCAS code:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
  3. 100% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

Our preferred offer is ABB-BBB at A-level but offers are made on review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. We will guarantee you an offer based on A-level, tariff points or a range of advanced level qualifications.

If you'd like to study Cymraeg in a friendly department that has earned a world-class reputation for the standard of its research, then Abertawe is the place for you! With an emphasis on developing core skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, the BA Cymraeg at Swansea prepares you for a broad range of 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.


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

Offers are made on review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. Our preferred offer is ABB-BBB at A-level with a B grade in Welsh but we will accept 128-112 tariff points from a range of advanced level qualifications. International Baccalaureate 32-30, Welsh Baccalaureate A/B plus BB at A-level or Access 18 Distinction and 15 Merits.

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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,300

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

"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

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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Changes to Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards

As a result of the sweeping changes to PGT funding already implemented for English domiciled students and now proposed for Welsh domiciled students, the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University is bringing the Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards to a close.  The scheme will continue to operate as was advertised for students who enrolled on undergraduate schemes up to and including September 2016.  The College intends to promote full details of future PGT funding sources to all students as soon as government policy becomes legislation.