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BA in Irish Language & Literature/Education (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Irish Language

Course Description

In choosing to study this Irish Language & Literature and Education Degree you'll not just develop your language competence in Modern Irish, you will immerse yourself in a broad range of Gaelic texts from the medieval through to modern periods, evaluated in various ways from the linguistic/stylistic approach through to political or historical emphasis. You'll also spend 50% of your time covering the fundamentals of education. With a focus on gaining essential employability skills that include language skills, translation, team-work, communication, the management of self and time this Irish Language & Literature and Education Degree is taught by dedicated, enthusiastic experts, often in very small tutorial and seminar class sizes, giving you the very best experience. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for Primary PGCE at Aberystwyth.

  • Aberystwyth university is one of the liveliest academic and intellectual environments for Celtic studies in the world. 
  • The School of Education have been delivering innovative degrees for over 100 years at Aberystwyth University. 
  • The department is home to 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. 
  • 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 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 large options 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.
  • Students can explore our exciting partnership opportunities to study in Universities in Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, and France.

In choosing to study this Irish Language & Literature and Education Degree you'll not just develop your language competence in Modern Irish, you will immerse yourself in a broad range of Gaelic texts from the medieval through to modern periods, evaluated in various ways from the linguistic/stylistic approach through to political or historical emphasis. You'll also spend 50% of your...

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Course Content

In the first year you may explore:

  • Core modules designed to give you a firm foundation in the broad subject of Education and International Development, introducing you to individual and community development, international development and global education;
  • Students will have the opportunity to take part in Irish language classes;
  • Women's poetry in Ireland;
  • Early Irish Saga Literature;
  • Gaelic Bardic Poetry; 
  • Old Irish and Middle Welsh; 
  • Optional modules during your first year which may include working with others, gender, development, education and childhood in society.

In the second year, core and optional modules may include:

  • Celtic literature and landscape;
  • The Mabinogion; 
  • Comparative Celtic Philology; 
  • Exploring and critically assessing the theories of community and education;
  • Analysing the effects of migration and mobility on education;
  • The development of literacy.

A final year including:

  • Global perspectives on rights and health in the developing world;
  • Factors affecting education and development;
  • Community issues;
  • King Arthur of the Welsh;
  • Gaelic Bardic Poetry; 
  • The role of individuals and government;
  • The application of rights and legislation;
  • The impact of poverty.

In the first year you may explore: Core modules designed to give you a firm foundation in the broad subject of Education and International Development, introducing you to individual and community development, international development and global education; Students will have the opportunity to take part in Irish language...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC with evidence of linguistic ability

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC with evidence of linguistic ability GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-MMM International Baccalaureate: 30-26 European...

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Assessment Methods

Some modules are assessed through exams and essays, but projects, bibliographic exercises, reflective diaries, posters, and presentations may also be utilised. Our exam weighting is no more than 50% in any modules. 

Some modules are assessed through exams and essays, but projects, bibliographic exercises, reflective diaries, posters, and presentations may also be utilised. Our exam weighting is no more than 50% in any modules.