BA French and Welsh (second language / 4 year)

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)

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
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : (French) advanced students select a total of 30cr, ensuring a balance between TB1 and TB2. Intermediate students take modules to the value of 20cr. (Welsh) Select 2 of the following CY- modules, either in TB1 and 1 in TB", 0r 2 in TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
CY-210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Cadarnhau
CY-212Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Clasuron Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg
CY-213Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Llenyddiaeth Ddiweddar
CY-215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymru a'i Sefydliadau
CY-222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gweithio mewn dwy iaith
CY-229Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyflwyniad i Ysgrifennu Creadigol
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
ML-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 2
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2
MLF210WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Gweithdy Cyfieithu
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language
MLF211WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes yr Iaith Ffrangeg
MLF220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paris
MLF226ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Cinema Since World War II
MLF240WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rhyfel Algeria 1954-1962
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation

Description

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

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B in Modern Language/Welsh. 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 BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. We require a minimum IELT 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 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,650

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.

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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