BA French and Welsh (second language) with a Year Abroad

Course Overview

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, studying Welsh in an international context with French 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

WELSH

  • 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
  • Two languages, two cultures; twice the opportunities, twice the fun!

FRENCH

  • All of our modules combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the French-speaking world. 
  • Our staff are experts in film, gender studies, medieval and early modern literature, theatre studies, travel writing and translation studies and students benefit from our active research in these areas.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in France.Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad in France
  • Have a look at our blog to find out more information.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
WELSH (1st Language Pathway) 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-143Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Proffesiynol 1
AND
Welsh optional modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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
AND
French Compulsory Selective modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take 40 credits at the appropriate level (advanced or beginner).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF101WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II
MLF160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 1A
MLF160AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1A
MLF160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Language 1B
MLF160BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1B
AND
French Compulsory Selective modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (B)
OR

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Proffesiynol 2
Optional Modules
AND
French Compulsory Selective modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 40 credits at the appropriate level (advanced or intermediate) in English or Welsh as appropriate.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2
MLF210WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Gweithdy Cyfieithu
MLF260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 2A
MLF260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 2A
MLF260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Language 2B
MLF260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Ffrangeg 2B
MLF270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2A
MLF270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg Canolradd 2A
MLF270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2B
AND
French Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 20 credits from the below modules ensuring a balance of modules in each teaching block

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language
MLF220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paris

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : This module is compulsory for all students pursuing a degree involving a foreign language. It gives students the opportunity to increase their language skills and familiarize themselves with other culture(s).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Year Abroad (Languages, Translation and Interpreting)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
AND

Description

Students study six modules a year, 3 in French and 3 in Welsh.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB at A-Level (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent including a B grade in A-level Welsh. Students should also have a B grade at GCSE in a relevant language. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements 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.

International students 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 £14,600

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.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

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 spent four unforgettable years at the Welsh department and throughout my time there I knew I could turn to any one of the staff to discuss anything, anytime. It's a friendly environment with outstanding one to one support and I believe that a degree in Welsh from Swansea has been instrumental in securing my current post. Working bilingually opens many doors and I am grateful that the Welsh department at Aacademi Hywel Teifi laid the foundations for my career".

Zoe Rushton, Producer, Doctor Who BBC Wales


“Swansea University is a wonderful environment for high level study. The University is beautifully situated and is investing heavily for the future. My course offers a wide range of options to study language, culture, society and history, with an emphasis on reading around the subject and the opportunity to pursue special interests. A language degree also offers the unique opportunity to spend a year in a foreign country. I was fortunate to spend a year as a teaching assistant in Nice, living with a local family. I thoroughly enjoyed my year abroad and cannot emphasise enough the benefits to be gained. Studying a foreign language opens the door to a whole world of new possibilities, and their value in the job market shouldn't be underestimated.”

Sophie Williams, BA French and Spanish

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. 

Employability and Careers

92.3 per cent* of Modern Languages Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. French is ranked 4th for graduate prospects in The Independent Complete University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in French will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, human resources, tourism and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Royal Mail Group
  • Superdry
  • Berkeley PR International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Translation and Interpreting

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Modern Languages. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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