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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • BBC
  • Belfast Education and Library Board
  • Conradh na Gaeilge
  • Foras na Gaeilge
  • RTE
  • Civil Service
  • The European Parliament

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Civil Servant
  • Interpreter
  • Irish Language Officer
  • Primary School teacher
  • Secondary School teacher
  • Translator
  • Irish Language Officer

Overview

Achieve proficiency in written and spoken Irish. Students will gain experience of working in the Irish Language sector and spend time in Gaeltacht.

Summary

The University offers a comprehensive range of programmes in Irish in both part-time and full-time mode at a number of centres which serve a diverse constituency of students. The breadth of Irish language provision at Ulster and the practice amongst staff and students of using Irish as a primary medium of communication reflects the University’s strong commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity within Northern Ireland. The University’s Irish programmes play a vital role in preserving, sustaining and celebrating Ireland’s Gaelic literary and linguistic heritage as well as serving the demands of the Irish language sector within the local and international job market. Our programmes will enable you to participate fully in the Irish language community as a confident and independent user of the language and to support you in gaining stimulating and fulfilling employment.

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About this course

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About

Our programmes fulfil the needs of individuals who wish to acquire the necessary competence to fully participate in the Irish language community as confident and independent users of the language. The BA programme has been designed to reflect our vision of leading in the provision of professional education for professional life. To that end, students on the programme will study a broad range of modules covering the main aspects of Irish Studies including language and grammar, literature, history, folklore, dialectology. translation and Irish in professional contexts.

Associate awards

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

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Attendance

3 years full-time.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

An Ghaeilge Scríofa 1

Year: 1

This module covers the acquisition of written communicative skills, enabling the student to express themselves correctly in writing with confidence in a variety of everyday and academic contexts.

Léamhthuiscint na Gaeilge 1

Year: 1

This module aims to help students acquire skills and critical acumen in active reading that will be essential for successful progression through the degree program.

Léamhthuiscint na Gaeilge 2

Year: 1

This module aims to further develop students' skills and critical acumen in active reading, to bring about an awareness of dialect differences, and to expand knowledge of idiom in Irish.

Labhairt na Gaeilge 1

Year: 1

This module takes students on the course from B2 (Vantage or upper intermediate):

- Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
- Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
- Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

to C1 (Effective operational proficiency or advanced level):

- Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning.
- Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
- Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
- Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Labhairt na Gaeilge 2

Year: 1

This module should consolidate the students' C1 level (Effective operational proficiency or advanced level) (CEFRL):

- Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning.
- Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
- Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
- Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Stair Shóisialta is Liteartha na Gaeilge

Year: 1

This module examines the various political, socio-economic and cultural factors that precipitated the decline of Irish, its revival at the end of the nineteenth century and the emergence of a modern Irish literature in Irish

Year two

Béaloideas agus Staidéar Oidhreachta

Year: 2

The module provides an elucidation of important aspects of Irish folklore, oral tradition and literary heritage.

Forbairt Theangeolaíoch na Gaeilge

Year: 2

This module examines various diachronic aspects of the Irish language.

Litríocht Ré na bPéindlithe

Year: 2

This module explores the literary tradition of 18th and 19th century Ireland. It examines both poetry and prose texts of various genres from this period, places them in their historical and cultural context and further develops methods of practical criticism.

Nuafhilíocht na Gaeilge

Year: 2

This module involves an in-depth study of modern Irish poetry from the beginning until the end of the twentieth century. The module aims equally to increase students' competence in the area of literary analysis and structured response.

An Ghaeilge Scríofa 2

Year: 2

This module builds on an Ghaeilge Scríofa 1 and covers the acquisition of written communicative skills, enabling the student to express themselves correctly in writing with confidence in a variety of everyday and academic contexts.

An Ghaeilge Ghairmiúil

Year: 2

This module will allow students to enhance their understanding of the Irish language sector in a broader professional context whilst absorbing experiences gained within a work-based environment and/or scenario. This Level 5 Semester 2 module may also serve as a precursor to a placement inspired Research Project in year 3.

Year three

Scéim Mhalartaithe. Teanga agus Litríocht na Gaeilge Thar Lear

Year: 3

This module is optional

The module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline of Celtic Studies whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Scéim Mhalartaithe Thar Lear - Léann Ceilteach

Year: 3

This module is optional

The module provides an opportunity to undertake a short period of study outside the UK. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline of Celtic Studies whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year four

Miontráchtas/Tionscadal

Year: 4

This module provides the student with the opportunity to select any topic from the area of Irish Studies/Irish Language and Literature on which he/she may undertake an individual research project

An Nua-Ghaeilge Luath agus an Ghaeilge Chlasaiceach

Year: 4

This module introduces students to Classical Irish and the Irish of the seventeenth century. It examines Bardic poetry, learned love poetry and key prose texts of the period.

Próslitríocht agus Drámaíocht na Gaeilge san Fhichiú hAois

Year: 4

This module analyses modern prose and drama in Irish, with a particular focus on the novel.

Canúineolaíocht na Gaeilge

Year: 4

This module examines various synchronic and diachronic aspects of the Irish language.

Léann agus Scileanna an Aistriúcháin

Year: 4

This module will introduce students to the study of grammar, syntax and phonology in Irish translation. Students will also study of the discourse of contemporary Irish translation and engage critically with key concepts in translation.

Oilteacht i Labhairt agus i Scríobh na Gaeilge

Year: 4

This module seeks to build on the language skills gained in all previous modules. Students will be given the chance to further develop their written and oral proficiency by completing a range of tasks. Detailed comprehension exercises in Irish will enable students to perfect their knowledge of Irish grammar. Extended debates and presentations will help students speak Irish with confidence and complete accuracy.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BCC at to include grade B in Irish.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an A level C grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Applied General Qualifications

*** To note that only qualifications defined as “Applied General” will be accepted for entry onto any undergraduate course at Ulster University.***

BTEC Awards

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2012 Suite)

Award profile of DMM (to include 4 unit Distinctions)

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2016 Suite)

Award profile of DMM

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma(2012 Suite)

Award profile of DM (to include 10 unit Distinctions) plus A Level Grade C or award profile of DM (to include 5 unit Distinctions) plus A Level Grade B

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2016 Suite)

Award profile of DM plus A Level Grade C

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma (2012 Suite)

Award profile of Merit (to include 5 unit Merits) plus A Level Grades BC

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate (2016 Suite)

Award profile of Merit plus A Level Grades BC

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level Grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Diploma, National Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4 at higher level to include Irish at grade H3.

Applicants are also required to have Higher Level English Grade H6 or above OR Ordinary Level at grade 04 or above.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is to include BCCCC.

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level Grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - Grade C ) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grades CDD.

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level Grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - Grade C ) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points to include 12 at higher level. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Access to Higher Education

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is:

An overall mark of 60% (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access course)

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level Grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Overall profile of 12 credits at distinction, 30 credits at merit and 3 credits at pass (60 credit Access course) (GB Access course)

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level Grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

GCSE

For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or above English Language.

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants holding a HND should achieve an overall Merit with distinctions in 30 Level 5 credits (2 units). Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Applicants holding a HNC with overall Merit with distinctions in 60 Level 4 credits (4 units). Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish ( A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Foundation Degree - an overall mark of 45% in Level 5 modules for Year 1 entry. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Applicants who hold the Ulster University Diploma in Irish Language will be considered for Year 1 entry.

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications. Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution) will be considered on an individual basis .

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching

Irish adopts a variety of strategies to encourage and support learning. These include lectures, seminars, practicals, conversation classes, and the provision of formative coursework such as written assignments and presentations. Lectures generally provide an overview of the subject matter to be covered, locate it contextually, direct attention to important issues of interpretation and provide a guide to primary and secondary literature. Seminars take a number of forms: intensive reading and critical examination of texts or discussion of a previously announced topic for which reading has been prescribed. The aim of seminars is to give students an opportunity to discuss material presented in lectures with their peers and their lecturer, to allow the lecturer to judge the degree to which students have understood the lecture topics, and to develop high-order intellectual skills such as critical thinking and transferable/professional skills such as oral presentation. Practicals generally take the form of small class groups and focus on the acquisition of subject-based skills such as reading skills, grammar, and pronunciation. A large proportion of modern language practicals take place in the Multimedia Language Labs and consist of both presentation of new material and linked exercises aimed at reinforcing and testing material covered by the tutor in that session. One-to-one tutorials are organised for the Dissertation.

There is a degree of differentiation in teaching methods according to level. In Year 1, various methods are used to assist students in the transition from School to University. In particular, CALL and multimedia are used in class to improve language skills, especially grammar. This provides students with a supportive environment in which they can take instruction from the tutor and immediately apply newly-acquired/revised knowledge without the pressure of public performance. Immediate feedback from CALL packages assures them that they are on the right track or alerts them/the tutor to any problems. In Years 2 and 3, greater independence is encouraged; CALL is used for independent study and students are expected to make greater independent use of media in Irish.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework assignments and formal examinations. In the final year, all modules except the dissertation are weighted 50% coursework and 50% examination; in Year Two, most modules are assessed entirely by coursework, but this includes a number of class tests. In Year 1, students are assessed by 100% coursework in the first semester, and by a predominance of 50% coursework/50% examination in the second semester. Assessment criteria are directly related to learning outcomes.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of an approved programme provided that they shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

Although students may transfer out of the programme to other courses within the University, transfer in is subject to this condition.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • BBC
  • Belfast Education and Library Board
  • Conradh na Gaeilge
  • Foras na Gaeilge
  • RTE
  • Civil Service
  • The European Parliament

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Civil Servant
  • Interpreter
  • Irish Language Officer
  • Primary School teacher
  • Secondary School teacher
  • Translator
  • Irish Language Officer

Career options

Employment opportunities exist in a wide range of areas including education, the media, publishing, government, librarianship and various areas of business.

The employability profile of our students in recent years has been more than impressive, with a disproportional number of our ex-students holding senior positions in Irish language organisations throughout Ireland. This includes: Chief Executive of Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (Irish medium education advisory body), Senior Programme manager with Foras na Gaeilge (cross-border body responsible for Irish), Programme Manager with CCEA, President of Comhaltas Uladh, Director of An Carn Translations, Principal of Gaelscoil an tSrátha Báin (Strabane Irish-medium primary school) and a Senior Producer in the BBC. The unprecedented growth of the Irish language in recent years has resulted in an increase of demand for services through the medium of Irish. Due to this, our students find themselves in the enviable position of being able to be circumspect when it comes to choosing the career path they wish to follow.

Graduates will also be well equipped to pursue postgraduate studies in the broad field of linguistics, folklore, Celtic Studies, translation and sociolinguistics.

For information on postgraduate research opportunities see: www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/rgs.

Work placement / study abroad

Students can study abroad as part of Erasmus+.

Students can gain placement experience as part of Luach Breise in year 1/2. Year 3 contains a compulsory placement module.

Academic profile

All staff in Irish are members of The Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute which was rated the second in the UK for Celtic Studies in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Staff are actively involved in world leading research that informs the subjects they teach.

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Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,275.00

England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:

£9,250.00  Discounts available

International:
£14,060.00  Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Prize for best final year dissertation.

Additional mandatory costs

Students visit the Gaeltacht for a week in the Autumn and in the Spring each year. The cost of each course is circa £125 to cover travel, accommodation, food, activities, excursions and classes.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Dr Peter Smith

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5334

E: pj.smith@ulster.ac.uk

Admissions Office

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5678

E: admissionsce@ulster.ac.uk

International Admissions Office

E: internationaladmissions@ulster.ac.uk

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Testimonials

“The School of Irish creates a lot of opportunities to achieve excellence in Irish, for example, annual trips to the Gaeltacht and also assists in getting work in the Gaeltacht as summer school leaders. I really enjoyed the Irish course and the classes.”

“Is mór a chuaigh an chéim sa Ghaeilge i bhfeidhm orm. Bhí béim ar leith ar an Nua-Ghaeilge agus ar scileanna feidhmiúla teanga a chruthaigh cuid mhór deiseanna dom i ndiaidh an chúrsa. Bhí muid mar a bheadh pobal teanga san Ollscoil, rud a chuidigh liom agus mé ag cur le mo chuid Gaeilge.”