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Aberystwyth University

Celtic Studies

UCAS Code: Q500

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

With evidence of linguistic ability.

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3. With evidence of linguistic ability.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

With evidence of linguistic ability.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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With evidence of linguistic ability.

UCAS Tariff

104

With evidence of linguistic ability.

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.

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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time with time abroad | 2019

Subject

Celtic studies

Our Celtic Studies programme offers you the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the culture, literature, history and languages of Britain, Ireland, Europe and beyond from the earliest period to the present day. As well as bringing the Celtic- speaking world to life, we will provide you with broad training in the Humanities and help you develop in-depth analytical and critical skills that you can put to full use in your chosen career.

You don't have to be fluent in Welsh or Irish to study Celtic Studies, this course is open to both beginners and advanced students. Aberystwyth University is one of the liveliest academic and intellectual environments for Celtic studies in the world. The department is home to an 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 Advance 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. We offer modules in Welsh and Irish, but students could also opt to study and explore languages such as Breton, Manx and Scottish Gaelic.

During the three year degree, this programme has been designed to allow you to explore your interests in areas such as:

+ Welsh Literature;

+ Women's poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales;

+ Early Irish Saga Literature;

+ Comparative Celtic Philology;

+ Gaelic Bardic Poetry;

+ Old Irish and Middle Welsh;

+ The Mabinogion;

+ Celtic Literature of Landscape;

+ King Arthur of the Welsh.

You will be assessed through a combination of course work and examinations.

This degree will be delivered through the mixture of seminars, workshops and lectures. Graduates in Celtic Studies go on to a variety of careers in academia, teaching, administration, the media and the public sector, both here and abroad.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£13,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Celtic studies (non-specific)

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B
A

After graduation


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Celtic studies (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,744
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

As only a small number of students study this course, these stats refer to both the Gaelic and Celtic languages and study — over 40% of the graduates in this area have studied Welsh and another quarter studied Irish Gaelic. Not surprisingly, most graduates go to work in the regions they studied, so these subjects tend to lead to jobs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and salaries reflect that, being a little lower than the graduate average. Graduates from Celtic studies subjects are also quite likely to go into teacher training when they graduate.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Celtic studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£22k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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