BA (Hons) Education and Welsh

  1. UCAS code:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:

Course Overview

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: ABB – BBB at A-level and a minimum or five A*- C grade GCSE passes including English Language and Maths at Grade C or above, and an A/A* in Welsh.

This degree is only available to First Language Welsh speakers.

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Typical salaries for qualified primary and secondary school teachers are in the region of £22,467-£33,160, depending on experience. Within leadership and managerial roles in education, salaries can significantly exceed this. As a headteacher you could earn as much as £108,282 (DofE). Translators can expect to earn in the region of £18,000-£30,000.

ACCREDITATION: The curriculum for this programme has been informed by and is aligned to the most recent QAA benchmark statements for Education (2015) and Welsh (2016).

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • Students will be equipped with a solid grounding in contemporary theories and conceptual models of education, whilst also developing their understanding and command of the Welsh language, its literature and culture.   
  • In years two and three of the degree, students have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities. 
  • The Department of Welsh at Academi Hywel Teifi is ranked in the Top 5 for student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2016).
  • The degree structure is flexible, offering a wide-range of specialist modules that allow students to tailor their degree to their future career goals while developing their individual interests.
  • Students can apply for a select number of spaces to study the Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).
  • The University’s Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Cyflwyno
CY-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Testun a Chyd-destun
CY-136Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Beirniadol

Year 3 (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
Optional Modules
Education Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select TWO of the following modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Issues in current ELT
EDN301Academic Year20Employability Decision Making and Work ExperienceYou have not taken the required Pre Requisite modules for this selection
EDN302Academic Year20Educational Neuroscience
EDN303Academic Year20Childhood Studies
EDN304Academic Year20Leading and Managing in Education
EDN305Academic Year20Difference and Diversity in Education
PME300Academic Year20Educational Practice in a Digital Age


The Education and Welsh joint honours degree will enable students to specialise in both subjects, developing a range and mix of skills and knowledge which will enhance their future career prospects. The programme is intended for students who wish to develop their understanding and command of the Welsh Language and consider a broad spectrum of education theory and practice.

Designed for First Language Welsh speakers, our BA (Hons) Education and Welsh programme considers:

  • Education in a wide context, not just within formal primary and secondary school settings, but also Further/Higher Education, social services, local and national government, and education within the community.
  • The Welsh language, its literature and culture. Students will develop their proficiency in both written and oral work, and expand their vocabulary and command of the Welsh language through discussion of Welsh literature and culture from history right through to the present day. Students will study attitudes towards minority languages, the aims and success of language legislation in the 20th and 21st century, the factors that influence language regeneration, syntax and linguistics, the role of the translator, and good practice in translation.

Consequently, graduates will develop the skills and knowledge to design and evaluate education processes, curriculum and programmes, and will be well placed to inform the practice and delivery of Welsh education.  

Research Focused: Students will be equipped with a solid grounding in Welsh language, literature and culture, as well as contemporary theories and conceptual models of education as applied to local, national and international practice.  Students will develop the research skills needed to critically evaluate current education practice and policy, and in turn, inform future policy development in a rapidly changing political and social environment.

Enhancing Employability: Employability and study skills are embedded throughout our BA (Hons) Education and Welsh programme, with all students having the opportunity to undertake optional work placement modules in years two and three of the degree. A degree in Education and Welsh will equip students with the skills necessary for fulfilling professional careers in either Education or the Welsh medium sector. It affords excellent preparation for students wishing to undertake further training in primary, secondary or further education in the medium of Welsh, and opens up doors to a wide range of careers.  

In addition, with our unique emphasis on learning in a digital age, students will be well equipped to utilise cutting edge learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.

For further information please refer to the ‘Careers and Employability’ section. 

Entry Requirements

ABB – BBB at A-Level

Please note: This degree is only available for First Language Welsh Students. We do not accept General Studies.


We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students.

  • For 2016 entry, and in recognition that the qualification provides excellent preparation for our degree schemes, our offers will incorporate 120 UCAS points for completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Qualification.
  • For 2017 entry, requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.


Access to HE: 24 Distinctions and 15 Merits


International Baccalaureate: 32-33


GCSE profiles need to include a minimum or five A*- C grade GCSE passes including English Language and Maths at Grade C or above, and an A/A* in Welsh.

Please note: Applicants without a Grade A/A* in GCSE Welsh may still be considered and are encouraged to apply. Applicants may be invited to interview to assess their Welsh language proficiency.


Candidates who already hold qualifications that may be suitable for entry to Higher Education or those offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Tutor directly in the first instance. Email:

Any offer of a place will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Please note: Students who wish to train to become teachers in Wales following graduation from this course will need GCSEs at grade B or above in English and Maths, and also a GCSE at grade B or above in Welsh if they wish to train through the medium of Welsh. They will also need a C grade or above in GCSE Science.

How To Apply

  • Applications for BA (Hons) Education and Welsh must be made through UCAS.
  • Applications will be assessed holistically, taking into account the balance, nature and strength of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent), the personal statement, relevant skills and experience, past achievements, and referee’s comments.
  • The personal statement is crucial and must demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the subject.
  • Applicants without a Grade A/A* in GCSE Welsh may be invited to interview to assess their Welsh language proficiency.
  • Once an offer is made, this will be uploaded on to UCAS track and applicants will be invited to either accept or decline.

Applicants with supporting information which they believe might not be captured on their UCAS application form or with other queries should email:

Applications are welcome from students wishing to study on either a full or part-time basis.

Please note: All offers will be conditional, subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. If a satisfactory enhanced DBS check is not submitted in time for enrolment, students will be required to sign a declaration of provisional enrolment. At the start of years two and three, students will also be required to sign an annual declaration confirming that there have been no changes to their DBS status. More information on DBS checks can be found here

Apply via UCAS 

International students are able to make applications via OnTrack 

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 £14,650

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.

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

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus
  • Photocopying and buying stationery and equipment such as USB sticks
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) (Price as at Feb 2016, £44)
  • Recommended core texts are stocked in the University library, but students may wish to purchase their own personal copies
  • Library fines
  • Year three dissertation printing and binding (approx. £5)
  • Hire of gowns for graduation ceremonies

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

CURRENT STUDENTS can find out more here about fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees.

Course Structure

This is a modular undergraduate honours degree programme offering 360 credits over three years. Students will take half of their credits in Education, and the other half in Welsh.  All Welsh modules are taught in the medium of Welsh.

In year one, students will undertake six compulsory modules. In year two, students will take two compulsory modules (one in each academic subject) and select from optional modules totalling 40 credits per subject. In year three students will take two compulsory modules (one in each academic subject), and select four optional modules – two in Education and two in Welsh.    

Students benefit from a varied and well supported programme of study including lectures, seminars, debates, collaborative group work, field visits to schools and other educational settings, translation lab classes, and online, digital learning.  Independent study and self-directed learning is an integral component of each module.

Staff offer opportunities for one-to-one support on academic matters and students are assigned a personal tutor from each academic department to provide personal, academic, and professional support.

Assessment: Students will be assessed through a combination of unseen examinations and coursework, including: essays, presentations (poster and oral), written reports, reflective blogs, personalised learning records, portfolio work, research proposals, oral and language tests, and video blogs. Students are also required to complete an 8,000 word empirically based research dissertation in the final year. These multiple forms of assessment will be used to meet the diverse learning styles and previous educational experiences of students.

Please note that students choosing to study towards the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) will also have to undertake an examination as part of the qualification.  



As the demand for Welsh speakers is high, a degree in Welsh is highly valued by employers that require Welsh or bilingual speakers. The Department of Welsh at Swansea has an excellent employability record, with many graduates going on to secure professional jobs in a variety of organisations and companies. Recent graduate destinations include: Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, Gwent Welsh for Adults, Mynydd-bach Translation Unit, Welsh Language Community Initiatives, BBC, S4C, and Carmarthenshire County Council. 

A degree in Education and Welsh will equip students with the necessary knowledge of education theory and practice, language proficiency and transferable skills for a wide range of fulfilling professional roles in the public and private sector. Consequently, it provides an excellent foundation for many types of careers, including:

  • early years teaching, play therapy and education administration
  • community development work
  • Welsh education research
  • local authority, local and national government and social services roles
  • learning mentoring and community education welfare
  • translation, media and performing arts (Welsh medium)
  • education and Welsh publishing
  • education departments in museums, galleries and theatres

Graduates may also choose to pursue further training in primary, secondary or further education (e.g., primary PGCE, Post Compulsory Education and Training), or undertake a Master’s course or PhD in Welsh, Education, or a related social science, to further enhance their professional skills, knowledge and experience. Students with an Education and Welsh joint honours degree will be particularly well placed to undertake further teacher training through the medium of Welsh.  

Please note: Achievement of this qualification alone does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

CMALT Scheme

Swansea University is working in partnership with the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) to provide an opportunity for education students to achieve recognition through the ALT Certified Membership scheme (CMALT). Swansea University is the first higher education institution to incorporate an accreditation route to CMALT on an undergraduate education programme. Certified Members of ALT include learning technology practitioners, teachers and researchers from across the educational and commercial sectors. CMALT is nationally recognised and increasingly valued by employers and professionals, and provides an excellent opportunity to gain recognition for learning technology skills and experience, develop transferable skills, which can be applied cross all educational sectors and industry, and increase the impact of your professional record or CV.

For further information about this scheme then please contact Sam May (Digital Education Track Lead).



In connection with the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) and University’s Career and Employability Service, students will be supported to undertake the SEA Bronze award in year one of their studies.  Students will also have the opportunity to undertake optional employability modules, which include work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities. On completion of these modules, students are awarded the Silver and Gold SEA Awards respectively. In addition, through our programme of field visits, and by completing the final year research based dissertation, students will also be supported to achieve the Platinum Level of the SEA Award. Completion of the SEA award will be recorded on students Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). 

As part of the degree, all students will have the option of studying towards the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), at a substantially reduced cost.  The CELTA is useful for those hoping to start a career in English language teaching abroad or in the UK and is recognised world-wide as basic training for employment in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching.

Information on ways to gain international experience while at Swansea University is available here on our international opportunities webpages.


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Global Opportunities

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