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If you're a beginner in the Welsh language and would like to become fluent as a speaker, reader and writer of Welsh, then this four year BA in Welsh at Aberystwyth University is for you.
This degree is engineered around you. Your first year will involve intense language classes which will include listening, reading, writing and oral. After your second year, you will be able to progress and be part of an active community of students and researchers who share one vision: to promote a wider understanding of the Welsh language and other Celtic languages, their history, their literature and their place in the modern World. The breadth of experience and expertise of our staff means that we can offer a wide range of engaging courses that will also prepare you for a rewarding career.
You will be taught in small friendly groups by experts in their field. The department is home to an inspirational team of world-leading experts in Welsh, Irish, Scottish Gaelic language and literature. Students will have the opportunity to learn Scottish Gaelic, Breton and Manx as well as their respective literature. In the recent student satisfaction survey, 100% of our students were satisfied with the course and department. (NSS, 2017).
A degree in Celtic Studies will open many doors to exciting opportunities for you. Flourish with our vibrant, exciting Welsh community here at Aberystwyth. Not only do we have a Students Union, but UMCA (Undeb Myfyrwr Cymraeg Aberystwyth) host many events and societies for those who wish to be part of the Welsh community. The National Library of Wales is a stone throw away from our Penglais Campus. It is one of a kind in Wales, allowing students unlimited access to its rare collection of literature. Within the department of Welsh and Celtic studies, you will have varied choice of stimulating modules to choose from such as creative writing, professional welsh, translation, Welsh in the media, Welsh Literature, Folk Welsh and many more.
Students can explore studying in another country under the Erasmus + or the International Exchange programme. The Centre of Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies is also located in Aberystwyth. Studying here will provide the opportunity to attend a wealth of public lectures, book launches, performances and talks in the Department itself and beyond. We offer modules in Welsh and Irish, but students could also opt to study and explore languages such as Breton, Manx and Scottish Gaelic.
During the three year degree, this programme has been designed to allow you to explore your interests in areas such as: Welsh Literature; Women's poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales; Early Irish Saga Literature; Comparative Celtic Philology; Gaelic Bardic Poetry; Old Irish and Middle Welsh; The Mabinogion; Celtic Literature of Landscape; King Arthur of the Welsh. You will be assessed through a combination of course work and examinations. This degree will be delivered through a mixture of seminars, workshops and lectures. Graduates from our Department go on to a variety of careers in academia, teaching, administration, the media and the public sector, both here and abroad.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.
If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||104 points||With evidence of linguistic ability.|
|A level||BCC||With evidence of linguistic ability.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM - DMM||With evidence of linguistic ability.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3. With evidence of linguistic ability.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points||With evidence of linguistic ability.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||62.0||With minimum scores of 51 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.
Clearing contact details
0800 121 40 80
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622137
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)