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Welsh and Bilingual Study

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The BA (Hons) Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status and BA Early Years Education and Care are unique because they are offered in either Welsh or English. If you are interested in Welsh medium study it may be possible to study ALL your modules and whole programmes through the medium of Welsh. Lectures are delivered by bilingual staff who are very experienced in Welsh medium teaching and delivery. Resources such as lecture handouts or whiteboard slides are provided in both Welsh and English.

All assessments and coursework can be presented in Welsh or English and will be marked in the original language by experienced lecturing staff.

Bilingual study

You may want to take a bilingual study option and there is flexibility to allow for this. For example, you could decide to take some Welsh-medium modules as part of your English medium programme, or to present some work in Welsh. The School is committed to helping students develop their bilingual skills and confidence in a supportive environment.

Benefits of Welsh medium and bilingual study

  • Extra financial support while you study.
  • Students studying at least two-thirds of their programme (80 credits a year), through the medium of Welsh, could be eligible for £3,000 over three years.
  • Students who want to study at least one-third (or 40 credits a year) of the programme through the medium of Welsh could be eligible for £500 a year (or £1,500 over three years). 

If you decide to study some Welsh-medium modules you could be eligible for extra financial support. 

The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol offers several financial incentives. For example:

  • Extra Resources
  • Employment Opportunities

The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol offers education resources to support the bilingual study. This includes its own academic Journal called ‘Gwerddon’, that students can benefit from

Find out more at Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Employers are actively seeking students and graduates who are confident to work in both Welsh and English to work with children and families. Organisations such as Mudiad Meithrin, Flying Start, Schools, Local Authorities and Nurseries actively recruit bilingual graduates to support their key roles.

  • Supporting the Welsh Government’s one million Welsh speakers by 2050.
  • Social and cultural events

In order to reach a million speakers our BA (Hons.)  Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status and BA (Hons.) Early Years Education and Care graduates will be essential in supporting children to develop their bilingual skills.

There are opportunities for students to take advantage of several social and cultural events organised by the UWTSD branch of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

The Early Years team have developed a strong bilingual ethos and are recognised as experts in supporting students who wish to study in Welsh or bilingually. We do this by nurturing all levels of interest and confidence with the Welsh language.

‘The programme has guided me towards the person I want to become, be more confident and provided me with opportunities to develop who I am and further my education in a career filled with potential and one that I am passionate about’ 

Naomi Rosser, 2018