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Ancient History and Welsh (BA)

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3 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Ancient History and Welsh BA (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to combine study of ancient civilization with Welsh – a language experiencing a resurgence within Wales and beyond. The School of Welsh enjoys particularly close links with local historical sites, allowing joint honours students the chance to link their academic studies to active research in the field. A variety of Welsh modules complement the study of ancient history, and ensures students develop transferable skills for a variety of career opportunities.

Ancient History and Welsh

Key Facts

Duration 3 years
How to apply
Typical places available The School of History, Archaeology and Religion admits around 260 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.

The School of Welsh admits around 35 students each year.
Typical applications received History, Archaeology and Religion = 1650
Welsh = 130
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer BBB
Admissions Tutors Welsh - Dr Rhiannon Marks
History, Archaeology and Religion - Dr Shaun Tougher
Tel Number Welsh: 029 2087 4843
Ancient History: 029 2087 4470
Email address Welsh:
Ancient History:
School website

The BA joint honours is either a three-year or (in the case of Welsh and a modern language where the third year is spent abroad) a four-year programme. It has two routes, one for students who have studied Welsh as a first language, and one for students who have studied Welsh as a second language. In the Year 1 Welsh modules these cohorts are taught separately. The students of the two routes come together for some modules in Year 2, and in the Final Year, everyone is taught together. At the end of the programme all students receive the same degree.

The School of Welsh’s teaching philosophy is based on helping you develop key skills (linguistic, analytical, creative and employability) while also enabling you to become an independent learner at a high level. This philosophy is reflected in the structure of the BA. For both routes, the emphasis in Year 1 is on developing skills in the fields of language and literature, and all students follow a set number of core modules with a high number of contact hours. The School of Welsh makes special arrangements for second-language students to spend extra time developing and practising their language skills in Year 1.

In Year 2, the core linguistic modules concentrate on language skills within both an academic and a vocational context, and include a period of work experience in a workplace in which Welsh is used on a daily basis.

In the Final Year, you will undertake an extended essay or project which enables you to use the range of skills that you have developed during the programme and to further your ability to operate as an independent learner. These essays or projects may lead on to further research, or prove to be an effective showcase for your achievements from the point of view of future employers.
Alongside these core elements, the BA offers numerous optional modules, including several with have direct relevance to specific fields of employment, such as language planning, scriptwriting and translation. Whatever your interests, there should be optional modules that meet yourn attractive feature of our programme is its flexibility – you may specialise in literary studies, medieval or modern, language studies, or you may take a combination of modules reflecting your own particular academic interests and vocational needs.

In addition, you will take modules in the other subject of your joint-honours programme.
(On both routes, all modules in the School of Welsh are taught through the medium of Welsh.)

Year 2 First-language Route

You will take one compulsory linguistic core module:

  • Cymraeg y Gweithle a’r Gymuned [Welsh in the Workplace and the Community]

Year 2 Second-language Route

You will take two compulsory linguistic core modules:

  • Sgiliau Cyfathrebu Uwch (Year 2 second-language route) [Further Communication Skills]
  • Ysgrifennu Estynedig (Year 2 second-language route) [Extended Writing Skills]

Compulsory Final Year extended essay or project

You will have a choice of either a 4,000 or a 8,000 word essay or project (20 or 40 credits), which will be completed under the direction of a member of staff who is an expert in the relevant field.

Optional Modules: Year 2 and the Final Year (both routes)

Individual modules are normally offered in alternative years, and so may be available in Year 2 or in the Final Year:

  • Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd Canol [Reinterpreting Medieval Welsh Literature]
  • Amlddiwylliannedd yn y Diwylliant Cymraeg [Multiculturalism in Welsh-language Culture]
  • Canu'r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth 1990-2010 [Poetry of the New Wales: Poetry 1990-2010
  • Cyfieithu Proffesiynol [Professional Translation]
  • Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Gwerin [Introduction to Welsh Folklore]
  • Cyflwyniad i Hanes yr Iaith [History of the Welsh Language]
  • Cymdeithaseg yr Wyddeleg [The Sociology of the Irish Language]
  • Cymraeg i Oedolion [Teaching Welsh to Adults]
  • Cymru ar Daith: Llên Teithio Gymraeg [Wales on the Move: Welsh Travel Writing]
  • Cynllunio Ieithyddol [Language Planning]
  • Y Chwedl Arthuraidd [The Arthurian Legend]
  • Dadeni a Diwygiad 1550-1900 [Renaissance and Revival 1550-1900]
  • Dafydd ap Gwilym [Dafydd ap Gwilym]
  • Y Ddrama Gyfoes [Contemporary Drama]
  • Y Ferch yn yr Oesoedd Canol [Women in Medieval Wales]
  • I Fyd y Faled [The World of the Ballad]
  • Gwleidyddiaeth a Phropaganda yn Llenyddiaeth yr 20g [Politics and Propaganda in 20th Century Literature]
  • Hanes y Ddrama [History of Welsh Drama]
  • Hunaniaeth a Diwylliant y Wladfa [The Identity and Culture of the Welsh Colony in Patagonia]
  • Iaith, y Ddinas a Chymdeithas [Language, the City and Society]
  • Iaith, Gwleidyddiaeth a Gwrthdaro [Language, Politics and Conflict]
  • Llenyddiaeth er 1900 [Literature since 1900]
  • Llenyddiaeth Plant [Children's Literature]
  • Llên y Ddinas [Urban Literature]
  • Merched a Llên yn y Cyfnod Modern [Women and Literature in the Modern Period]
  • Pedeir Keinc y Mabinogi [The Four Branches of the Mabinogi]
  • Rhyddiaith Ddiweddar [Modern Welsh Prose]
  • Saunders Lewis [Saunders Lewis]
  • Sgriptio [Scriptwriting]
  • Sosioieithyddiaeth [Sociolinguistics]
  • Theori a Beirniadaeth Lenyddol [Literary Criticism and Theory]
  • Williams Pantycelyn a'r Emyn [Williams Pantycelyn and the Welsh Hymn]
  • Ysgrifennu Creadigol [Creative Writing]

Click here for more information about the course structure, modules and teaching for Ancient History.

For more information about learning and  assessment for these subjects, please visit the individual profiles of Ancient History and Welsh on our website.

Typical A-level Offer BBB
Three A-levels, usually including Welsh. General Studies is not accepted. Grade B or above in Welsh is required for applicants studying Welsh as a second language. Two AS subjects may be considered in lieu of a third A-level.
Typical WBQ Offer Grade A in the Core plus grades AA-AB at GCE Advanced Level
Typical Int Bacc Offer Contact the School for detailed information
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.

For more information about careers for these subjects, please visit the individual profiles of Ancient History and Welsh on our website.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Shaun Tougher  

Telephone: +44 (0) 29 2087 0903 



School Website:

School Contact

Name: Dr Rhiannon Marks  

Telephone: 029 2087 5594 



More information

School of History, Archaeology and Religion