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Modern Irish
BA (Hons)

2020/21 Part-time Undergraduate course

Award:

Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Faculty:

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:

School of Arts and Humanities

Campus:

Belfast campus

Start date:

September 2020

With this degree you could become:


  • Cultural Officer
  • Interpreter
  • Irish Language Officer
  • Journalist
  • Lecturer
  • Presenter
  • Teacher

Graduates from this course are now working for:


  • BBC
  • BELB
  • Belfast City Council
  • Conradh na Gaeilge
  • European Parliament
  • Foras na Gaeilge
  • RTE & TG4

Overview

Achieve high proficiency in written and spoken Irish while gaining an in-depth understanding of literature, translation, folklore and dialects.

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 the subject 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. At a personal level our programmes also 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 the University’s vision of leading in the provision of professional education for professional life. The commitment to support graduates in gaining stimulating and fulfilling employment is one of the School’s primary concerns.


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About this course

About

Students on this programme receive in-depth training in the Modern Irish language. Early in the course, modules are centred around the study of all aspects of the language including grammar, pronunciation, stylistics and idiom. Language-based modules feature throughout the programme, looking at translation, dialectology, the evolution of the language and general linguistics. Students will also learn about the Irish language in its historical and contemporary context and will learn about the rich folklore tradition of Ireland. Students will survey the full range of genres of Irish literature and become proficient in critiquing this literature through close, guided reading.

Attendance

4 years part-time.

Start dates

  • September 2020

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

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.

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 to degree level. 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.

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework assignments and formal examinations. Assessment criteria are directly related to learning outcomes.

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    Content

    The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

    Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

    • the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor
    • the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement
    • the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.

    Attendance and Independent Study

    As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

    Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

    The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

    Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

    Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Assessment

    Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

    Calculation of the Final Award

    The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

    Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

    All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

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    The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

    Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

    Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

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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.

Year one

Scríobh na Gaeilge 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.

Scríobh na Gaeilge 2

Year: 1

This module builds on Scríobh na Gaeilge 1, covering 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.

Cumarsáid na Gaeilge 1

Year: 1

This module assists the development of an ability to distinguish the sounds of Irish and become familiar with the idiosyncratic features of the various contemporary dialects of Irish.

Cumarsáid na Gaeilge 2

Year: 1

This module covers the acquisition of aural comprehension skills and oral production skills, enabling the student to express themselves correctly in everyday and academic contexts and participate in conversations with native/good speakers of Irish.

Léamh 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.

Year two

Léamh na Gaeilge 2

Year: 2

This module aims to build on IRS144 to help students to acquire further skills and critical acumen in active reading that will be essential for successful progression through the degree program.

Béaloideas agus Traidisiúin na hÉireann

Year: 2

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

Litríocht na Gaeilge 1: bunú an traidisiúin

Year: 2

This module aims to develop students' understanding of the literary tradition of Ireland from the earliest times down to the revival efforts of the 19th Century. Students will learn to appreciate the scope of the Irish literary tradition and be guided through texts from various genres.

Sochaí na hÉireann agus an Phleanáil Teanga

Year: 2

This module will cover the factors affecting the survival and revival of the Irish language in the 20th century and equip students with the critical skills to evaluate the effectiveness of historical and current language planning initiatives.

Year three

Inniúlacht i Labhairt agus i Scríobh na Gaeilge

Year: 3

This module seeks to build on the language skills gained in previous modules. The module's primary focus is to help students write and speak Irish with increased accuracy. Students will study the grammatical rules of Irish in a systematic manner. The module introduces the concepts of register and error analysis.

Canúintí na Gaeilge

Year: 3

This module explores differences between the major Irish dialects, looks at historical developments leading to dialect differentiation and introduces students to the study of phonetics.

Litríocht na Gaeilge 2: buanú an traidisiúin

Year: 3

This module aims to develop students' understanding of the literary tradition of Ireland since the revival efforts of the 19th Century. Students will learn to appreciate the scope of the Irish literary tradition and be guided through texts from various genres.

Critic na Gaeilge 1

Year: 3

This module involves an in-depth study of poetry and prose writing according to historical era and genre. The module aims equally to increase students' competence in the area of literary analysis and structured response.

Year four

Scéim Mhalartaithe. Teanga agus Litríocht na Gaeilge Thar Lear

Year: 4

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.

Year five

Miontráchtas/Tionscadal

Year: 5

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

Léann an Aistriúcháin

Year: 5

The module introduces a range of the most important theoretical approaches within Translation Studies, which leads to become familiar with specific terminology, reflect and apply theory on both professional practice and academic research. In addition, the module provides students with more refined discourse analysis and translation skills which are relevant for the professional linguist and translator.

Éabhlóid na Gaeilge

Year: 5

This module examines various diachronic aspects of the Irish language.

Critic na Gaeilge 2

Year: 5

This module involves an in-depth study of plays and novels. The module aims equally to increase students' competence in the area of literary analysis and structured response.

Teangeolaíocht na Gaeilge

Year: 5

This module is an introduction to the discipline of linguistics. It will present students with an overview of the subject, its main components, its development, its theories and show how these can help in their study of Irish.

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.

A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BCC∆ at A2.

∆ = 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.

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 but should note that this process can be more difficult in subject combination programmes as both subjects must be satisfied.

Applied General Qualifications

BTECNational Extended Diploma

Overall BTEC National Extended Diploma profile requires a minimum of a DMM award profile to include a minimum of 7 distinctions in level 3 units. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

BTEC National Diploma

The National Diploma may be accepted in combination with other qualifications. Where the requirement for Irish is fulfilled via a grade B at A level we normally ask for the Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the A level grade profile - grades CC∆ equivalent (see further below).

BC = Distinction, Merit (To include 6 distinctions)

CC = Merit, Merit (To include 10 merits)

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

∆ = Diploma and Sub-Dip 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.

BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA/NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE

The Subsidiary Diploma/ National Extended Certificate is commonly accepted in combination with A levels. Where A levels are offered as part of a profile then they should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if two A levels are offered with a Subsidiary Diploma and our standard A level offer is BCC∆ then we normally ask for BC at A level (B in Irish) with the Subsidiary Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the final A level grade C in the profile - see further below).

B grade = Distinction (To include 3 distinctions in level 3 units)

C grade = Merit (To include 5 merits in level 3 units )

D grade = Merit (to include 4 merits in level 3 units)

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

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.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is to include CCCCC∆. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish 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 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 65%

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows:

Award of the HE Diploma in a related subject area, achieving a minimum of 15 credits at distinction and 21 credits at merit in the 45 level 3 graded credits.

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

GCSE

Please refer to the University’s general entrance requirements.

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 award (for entry to Year 1 ). Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish ( A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Applicants holding a HNC with overall Merit award will be considered on an individual basis for Year 1 entry only. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish ( A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Applicants studying on Ulster Foundation Degree courses should achieve an overall mark of 45% in level 5 modules for Year 1 entry only. 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 one 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.

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.

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Undergraduate

Each programme will have slightly different requirements, both in terms of overall points and certain subjects, so please check the relevant subject in the undergraduate on-line prospectus.

Normally Ulster University welcomes applications from students with:

Qualification
High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and to include grades 3,3,3 in 3 AP subjects
High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and to include 1000 out of 1600 in SAT
Associate Degree with GPA 3.0

English Language


Financial Information

In addition to the scholarships and bursaries open to all international students, US students may apply for Federal and Private US loans

Qualification
Level 12 English Lang in HSD

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Careers & opportunities

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • BBC
  • BELB
  • Belfast City Council
  • Conradh na Gaeilge
  • European Parliament
  • Foras na Gaeilge
  • RTE & TG4

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Cultural Officer
  • Interpreter
  • Irish Language Officer
  • Journalist
  • Lecturer
  • Presenter
  • Teacher

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 high number of our graduates 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 selective 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: http://www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/rgs

Work placement / study abroad

Although there is no requirement to undertake work placement, staff encourage students who aren't currently working in the sector to seek experience in on a voluntary basis and they make every effort to facilitate this This can be accredited through the University's EDGE programme.

Students who wish to study abroad can do so through the Erasmus programme.

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Start dates

  • September 2020

Fees and funding

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Prize for best final year dissertation.

Additional mandatory costs

None

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

For further information about this programme, contact the School of Arts and Humanities on +44 (0)28 7167 5193 or email Caragh McCloskey at c.mccloskey@ulster.ac.uk

For Admissions queries please contact the Admissions Service (Jordanstown Campus):

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7890

E: admissionsjn@ulster.ac.uk

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Testimonials

“Irish staff create a lot of opportunities to achieve excellence in Irish. The emphasis of the course is on linguistic ability but this is mixed with other important, interesting areas of Irish studies, including literature and Irish in society."

“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.”