BA Politics and Welsh (first language /3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

If you would like to develop your written and oral skills in Welsh, whether you would like to write or translate, studying Welsh at Swansea gives you the opportunity to explore the richness of our language, from the Mabinogion to the language of contemporary Wales. Studying Welsh in an interdisciplinary context with Politics at Swansea University will prepare you for a range of exciting 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

  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.


  • 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
  • Study the wealth of Welsh literature and language whilst experiencing the excitement of the Welsh language community in Swansea


  • Students can study a 'Parliamentary Studies" module which includes sessions with members of parliament and the House of Lords and visits to the Palace of Westminster.



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

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 grade B 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 £13,700

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

Reading materials.

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"In my time working with Jane Hutt AM at the Welsh Assembly, I thoroughly enjoyed what I found to be a truly illuminating experience. I was delegated with responsibilities for handling various forms of constituency work, where I was dealing with problems of differing degrees in severity, compiling briefs, constructing letters and emails on behalf of Jane to constituents and local and Assembly ministers, as well as writing a bi-weekly column in a local newspaper for Jane. The experience taught me just how important things as seemingly insignificant as wording can determine the tone of a letter or email, and the likelihood of a positive outcome in respect of this, as well as many other skills and contacts that may well prove to be invaluable in the years ahead. I would thoroughly recommend the scheme to any student who wishes to develop their skills and practical understanding of working in a political environment."

Nick Jolley


Welsh (First language)

"O ran gyrfa, ac o ran fy natblygiad personol, mae medru'r Gymraeg wedi bod yn hanfodol imi. Yr oedd fy nghyfnod ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe yn un arbennig iawn. Fel un o'r gogledd, doeddwn i erioed wedi bod yn ABertawe o'r blaen, ond fe ddois yma ar ddiwrnod agored a syrthio mewn cariad gyda'r lle! Cefais astudio'r Gymraeg, byw y bywyd Cymreig ond hefyd, flasu cyffro'r ddinas. Perffaith!"

Nia Parry

Cyflwynydd ar S4C a Thiwtor y Gymraeg



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

92.9 per cent * of Politics and International Relations 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 Politics and International Relations 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, government, research and events management, working for organisations such as:

  • Westminster Forum Projects
  • Labour Party
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Development and Human Rights
  • MA International Relations
  • MA International Security and Development
  • MA Politics
  • MA Public Policy
  • MA War and Society

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Politics and International Relations. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

Student Video

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.