Aberystwyth University

Cymraeg/Spanish Aberystwyth University Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)


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The Cymraeg and Spanish degree at Aberystwyth University will involve delving deeper into two of the most culturally rich languages of the European Union and United Kingdom. The Welsh component of this degree is taught by the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies and is available to those who wish to learn Welsh from beginners or to continue with Welsh from A-level. The Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies provides you with the opportunity to discover key skills in the area of translation, the breadth of Welsh literature and poetry and be part of a vibrant community of students and researchers from Wales and beyond that share the aim of promoting a wider understanding of the Welsh language. The Spanish component of this degree is taught by the Department of Modern Languages. There’re two pathways available which include studying Spanish from advanced (from A-level or equivalent) or from beginners. Those who wish to study Spanish at beginners’ level will receive intensive language workshops, and upon completion in the first year and the beginners’ level will be at Advanced level. Those who join the course having studied Spanish at A-level or equivalent will receive workshops covering advanced grammar and language development before progressing into the second and final years. The BA Cymraeg and Spanish degree is perfect if you want to develop your Spanish linguistic competencies to fluent level and discover the wonders, depths and intricacies of the Welsh language.

Why study Cymraeg/ Spanish at Aberystwyth University?

The Spanish component of this degree will enable you discover and learn exciting topics such as Spanish and Latin American literature and cinema, Cuba and the Cuban Revolution and Brazilian Portuguese. In the Department of Modern Languages, you will be taught in small groups and a substantial amount of our workshops is delivered in Spanish; The choice of modules on the Spanish component of this degree have been specifically designed to equip you with the tools to reflect intellectually on past and contemporary society, politics, artistic movements, film and literature in the Hispanic world. During your third year, you will spend your time in Spain or a Spanish speaking country studying or working. The third year abroad will help you to develop your linguistic competencies further to fluency level.
The Welsh (Cymraeg) component of this degree will allow you to excel and develop your written and spoken Welsh, to study a comprehensive range of literature from all periods, and to deepen your understanding of the language and how it continues to evolve in a global environment. In addition to discovering the wealth of Welsh literature and poetry, the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies offers you the chance to learn an additional Celtic language which include Breton, Irish or Scottish Gaelic, you can learn these languages alongside Welsh. The Department also leads the sector in areas such as translation and Welsh in the professional workplace, all of which you can choose to study during your degree.
Studying Cymraeg and Spanish will equip you with the skills and qualities that employers are seeking. Language graduates are highly employable and are in demand. The degree in Cymraeg and Spanish from Aberystwyth University will ensure a prosperous and successful future.

In a competitive world, where expectations from the open market are swiftly increasing, to study the third most spoken language in the world will put you in an advantageous position. In addition, Spanish students will study Brazilian-Portuguese to enhance their employment opportunities. Your third year will be spent abroad either studying at a partner university or working. Graduates from the Department of Modern Languages have pursued careers in: Translation and Interpretation; Broadcasting; Education; Marketing; Human Resources; Website development; International Banking; Civil Service.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

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Course code QR54
Institution code A40
Campus name Main Site (Aberystwyth)
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 - 112 points To include B in A level Spanish (unless to be studied as a beginner) and B in Welsh 1st or 2nd Language.
A level BBC - BBB To include B in Spanish (unless to be studied as a beginner) and B in Welsh 1st or 2nd Language.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM - DMM To include a B in A level Spanish (unless to be studied as a beginner) and B in Welsh 1st or 2nd Language.
Access to HE Diploma Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3, plus B in A level Welsh 1st or 2nd Language.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 - 28 points To include 5 points in Spanish at Higher Level (unless to be studied as a beginner) and B in A level Welsh 1st or 2nd Language.
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 above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants.

If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk) 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

Test Grade Additional details
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

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
International £13,600 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Based on the latest information available to us, for new Home students enrolled on full-time undergraduate and PGCE courses starting in 2020, Aberystwyth University currently intends to charge a tuition fee of £9,000 for the academic year 2020/21. The Welsh Government is still to finalise arrangements for 2020/21 onwards, which means that for students starting in 2020/21 or after, tuition fees may rise for any successive years of study, mapped according to any inflation-linked maximum tuition fee permitted by the Welsh Government. These increases would also apply for the proportional fees charged for Year Abroad and Year in Industry. We will inform all applicants and students of the fee levels for 2020/21 and any inflation-linked increases for successive years of study as soon as confirmation is received from Welsh Government, and we will publish updates on our website. We recommend you check the updated fee information before applying. Up to date details of the relevant fees will be set out in our offer documentation, and your terms and conditions with us will describe how we may be entitled to increase or otherwise change fees during the period of your study with us. Costs not included in the tuition fee: The academic provision of the University includes certain elements of study away from Aberystwyth. These involve activities such as field trips in science degrees and visits to theatres, galleries and museums in humanities-based courses. The additional costs of such activities are not included in the overall University fee and you should, therefore, note the need to budget for them. Details of courses that have additional costs can be found on the Aberystwyth University website. These costs are given as an indication of likely cost and will vary as will the location and duration of the activity. Fuller details will be available from the department organising the activity.

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Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom
SY23 3FL

Course contact details

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Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies (undergraduate enquiries)

+44 (0)1970 622137

Department of Modern Languages (undergraduate enquiries)

01970 622552

Fax: 01970 622553

Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)