BA German 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 German 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!

German

  • In the first year all students follow a language module which builds on your knowledge of spoken and written German and a module on German culture designed to introduce you to the rich diversity of film, literature and history of Germany. There are optional modules on German for Professional Purposes, European Cinema and Fiction. You can also study German as a beginner.
  • In the second and final year you continue to develop your language skills and choose from optional modules such as: Twentieth Century Berlin: Myth and Reality; Vienna Underground; German Song Cultures; The Meanings of Fairy Tales; Modernism and Desire: Germany 1890-1933; Shifting Identities in Modern Germany and a Dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Modules

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-143Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Proffesiynol 1
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
Optional Modules
German Compulsory Modules- selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select the appropriate Level, English-medium or Welsh-medium module pair.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German for Beginners I
MLG109Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German for Beginners II
MLG160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 1A
MLG160AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 1A
MLG160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Language 1B
MLG160BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 1B
AND
Compulsory selective Welsh modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits from the following modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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

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
German General Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate General Language module pair (ADVANCED OR INTERMEDIATE).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Almaeneg 2B
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2A
MLG270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg Canolradd 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2B
MLG270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg Canolradd 2B
AND
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : (German) Advanced students should select a total of 30 credits. Ensuring a balance in TB1 and TB2. Intermediate student should take 20 credits. (Welsh) Select 2 of the following CY- modules, either 1 in TB1 and 1 in TB2, or 2 in TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dadansoddi'r Gymraeg
CY-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cymru a'i Sefydliadau
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-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Canu Protest
CY-233Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10O Ddafydd ap i Mererid Hopwood
CY-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Ddoe a Heddiw
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MLG200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG208Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Improving your German with Poetry
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-351Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Meistroli
MLG301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 3A
MLG301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 3B
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules Selective - Welsh 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits from the following CY- modules. CY-342 Traethawd Estynedig is a 40 credit module taught over TB1 and TB2. You must ensure a balance of 60 credits per teaching block

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfieithu
CY-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith a Chymdeithas
CY-342Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig
CY-352Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gwlad Beirdd a Storiwyr
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
AND
Compulsory Selective - German 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least one of the following modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MLG300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Improving your German with Poetry
AND
Optional Modules - German 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select enough credits from below to make your German credits up to 60 for the year. You must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 3
MLT307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option
MLT330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Local Government Option

Description

Students study six modules a year, 3 in German 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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,050

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


"I spent the third year of my German Studies degree at Swansea University doing a 10-month internship at the Siemens translation department in Munich. Moving to a different country to work in a German environment was a big step and quite a challenge, but it was reassuring to know that the team of lecturers at Swansea were behind me. The internship was a great experience and one that I am very grateful for, as it opened the door for me after I graduated, when Siemens took me on as a full-time Translation Manager. I moved permanently to Munich and have worked at Siemens ever since. Thanks to the longstanding relationship between the Swansea German Department and Siemens Sprachendienst, I have had the opportunity to welcome quite a few Swansea undergraduates who also chose to do their internship at Siemens in Munich – they always keep me up-to-date with the latest news from Swansea!"

Ula Mitchell

 

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.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in German 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 Translaton and Interpreting

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