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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
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!
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|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||With B in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner and B in Welsh 1st or 2nd Language.|
|A level||BBC||With 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)||DMM||With specified subject and B in A level 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. With B in A level Welsh 1st or 2nd Language.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points||With 5 points in Spanish at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner and with 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 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: email@example.com) 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
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622137
Department of Modern Languages (undergraduate enquiries)
Fax: 01970 622553
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)