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Media

“The media...in Wales already has a strong bilingual presence. This vocational sector has been identified...as the sector with most demand for Welsh speakers in the future”

(Source: www.careerswales.com)

This is an exciting subject that is very popular among students. The Media covers a wide range of areas, such as television, radio, online and digital media, as well as the creative industries in general.

University media courses make the most of opportunities to create links between academic study schemes and the profession. You can specialise in specific areas such as scriptwriting and performing, technical skills such as camera operation and editing materials, as well as studio production or on-location programmes. You’ll also have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the main academic challenges of this field, including professional review and textual analysis in a wide cultural and historical context.

Media graduates can choose to use their bilingualism in the Welsh media, or choose to work beyond Wales. Those studying media through the medium of Welsh have a valuable advantage in an industry in which the language plays a vibrant part. You can choose to specialise in a number of areas, freelancing or working as one of the following:

  • artist
  • musician
  • scriptwriter
  • animator
  • new media expert
  • sound and lighting technician
  • electronic engineer
  • director
  • producer.

Swansea University 

Aberystwyth University

Bangor University

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Further information about careers in the Media is available here

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Sport

Are you interested in a career in sport? Would you like to work towards promoting physical health in the community or teach and coach outdoor activities? Or maybe you aspire to work with Olympians in analysing technique and tactics? Without doubt, a Sports degree can offer you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise that will prepare you for an exciting and busy career.

In studying part of your course through the medium of Welsh, you will develop the ability to deal with Sport in both languages, that will be very useful in applying for jobs in a very competitive market. With the increasing demand for Welsh language skills in both the public and private sector in Wales (especially in coaching, teaching, scientific support and promotion) your skills will be advantageous to employers in those areas.

A number of students graduating in Sport go on to careers not only as coaches or in health promotion and management, but also to other areas where the ability to use Welsh is invaluable, including physiology, science, psychology, education and journalism.

You will be able to study the following through the medium of Welsh:

  • Coaching
  • Teaching outdoor activities 
  • Teaching Physical Education
  • Sports management and development 
  • Sport Sciences
  • Ethics
  • Sport Psychology
  • Health and training.
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Geography

Geography is a wide subject area. It is no surprise therefore that it attracts individuals equally as far-reaching with a breadth of vision. Where else would you get the opportunity to use the most innovative technology in order to learn about the earth’s primitive structure processes, such as the evolution of land-forms and natural disasters? Where else would you also have the opportunity to learn about human relationships and activities which are at the heart of our understanding of the world around us?

You will have the opportunity, while studying the subject, to learn about current issues from around the world under the guidance of experts in their fields. You will follow modules that deal with current issues such as globalisation and current social relations, sustainability, world processes and human responses to natural risks.

In addition to traditional lectures, you will take part in detailed discussions in small groups (tutorials and seminars), develop the ability to work as part of a team Geography by undertaking group work and presentations, as well as develop skills to work independently by planning a research project. You will also be given the opportunity to practice your skills directly by going on work experience, and attending field trips to interesting places such as the Gower Peninsula, and even New York or Vancouver.

While taking advantage of all these opportunities, and doing so through the medium of Welsh, you will develop an infrastructure of skills that will be invaluable in whatever career you choose in the future. The ability to deal with the subject through the medium of Welsh as well as English will be an additional feather in your cap, and an attractive skill to any prospective employer. A degree in Geography is an excellent starting point for a range of careers, whether in the public sector, the private sector or various other fields. Many graduates go on to work as road and traffic system planners, Government statisticians, geological surveyors for oil and gas companies, fashion buyers, explorers, film and documentary producers, journalists, charity workers in foreign countries, as well as academic researchers (who work on some of the most interesting and influential matters of our time.

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Music

“When I tell people I study Music, they ask straight away: ‘Do you sing?’ or ‘What instrument do you play?’”

Of course, performing is an important part of music, but that’s by no means all that the study of music entails.

If you’re a performer of classical, pop or rock …

If you’re a composer …

If you want to be a sound engineer or a music teacher …

Or if you want to combine many aspects of music as a freelance musician…

These pages will explain the possibilities, the opportunities and the advantages of studying Music at university.

Why study Music at university?

  • A broad and varied subject – dolen i dudalen (1) ‘A wyddost ti…?’
  • A choice of degree courses across Wales, from the traditional to the modern – dolen i dudalen (2) ‘Beth yn union y mae gradd mewn Cerddoriaeth yn ei gynnig?’
  • An opportunity to develop unique skills that will prepare you for the world of work – dolen I dudalen (3) ‘Cerddoriaeth a’r byd gwaith’
  • Educational, cultural and social experiences that are second to none – dolen i dudalen (4) ‘Manteision astudio Cerddoriaeth drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg’
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Engineering

Are you a person who likes to solve problems? Do you possess excellent analytical and mathematical skills? Do you want the opportunity to change the way we live? Are you fascinated by the way things work? Are you creative? And do you want to use and develop these skills in order to pursue a successful and challenging career? If you are, then a degree in Engineering is the right choice for you! Engineering is a wide and varied subject with an international demand for specialist graduates. It is an area that has been identified by the Welsh Government as a key area for the economic prosperity of Wales.

The areas that can be studied include:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronic and Electrical
  • Engineering Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Engineering
  • Sports Engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Product Design

The demand for graduates who are numerate, are able to solve problems, handle computers with confidence and communicate effectively is increasing. There are a variety of courses available, with some giving more emphasis on the vocational and industry contacts, and other courses on research skills and pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the world.

Engineering offers a diverse and exciting career path for graduates, with job security and good pay. Among the sectors that engineers can work are in the industry, business, health, education and research. A number of university courses offer students the opportunity to work with local businesses and industries thus student can benefit from their expertise and develop skills in preparation for a career in the field.

Some courses also offer the opportunity to spend a year in industry, or even abroad. The ability to communicate and work through the medium of Welsh is an additional skill in a competitive field that develops daily. By studying part of your course through the medium of Welsh, you will learn how to handle your subject in two languages – a valuable skill when you apply for jobs.

A degree in Engineering gives you the chance to work in ground-breaking areas, shaping the way people around the world live, improve living standards and improve our understanding of the the world around us. It is an area that prepares you for a career that can offer considerable satisfaction!

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Linguistics

Linguists study languages from a scientific viewpoint. This doesn’t mean you have to speak dozens of languages or pass chemistry exams! Linguists are interested in the patterns existing within different languages, together with similar patterns between different languages. They also examine how speakers acquire (learn) their languages and use them in society. There is also an applied (or practical) aspect to Linguistics which encompasses a number of areas, including linguistic planning, language policy and language teaching methods. A number of the modules offered will give a taste of how languages affect public life. This is important for us in Wales since we have two official languages and because there are varying ways of learning Welsh (e.g., at home, in Welsh-medium schools, as adults).

As a Welsh-medium student in Linguistics, you will learn about different aspects of Linguistics generally and specifically about the linguistic situation of Welsh and bilingualism in Wales. You will learn about theories in the above fields by considering international research into various languages and social contexts. In addition to the international dimension, you will apply concepts to the Welsh language and the social situation of Welsh-English bilingualism. 

Here are some of the Welsh-medium modules offered recently by the School of Linguistics and English Language at Bangor University, and by the School of Welsh, Cardiff University:

  • Welsh Linguistics
  • History of the Welsh language
  • Welsh and society
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Aspects of bilingualism
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language planning and language policy

Studying Linguistics will give you an opportunity to refine your analytical skills as well as developing new skills in project management, independent research, summarising scientific work in a meaningful manner, collecting and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data, together with problem solving and communicating complex ideas. Graduates have obtained posts in many different areas and institutions, including:

  • Teaching (in Wales and beyond)
  • Computing and informatics
  • Translation
  • Journalism and the media
  • Marketing
  • Government and the civil service
  • Research

Linguists are also keen to train the next generation of researchers working on the Linguistics of Welsh. By following Welsh-medium modules, you will have an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge about the Linguistics of Welsh which will be of assistance should you wish to study further for a postgraduate qualification.

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Computer Science

These days, computers are an ever-present part of our lives. From mobile apps and social media to video games and autopilot, new technologies require reliable and secure software that is also easy to use.

By studying Computer Science, you will develop the skills needed to understand and develop such systems. As a result, you will see doors opening to careers in industry and research. Computer Science can be studied as a single honours degree or as a joint honours. There are also opportunities to spend a year in industry or even abroad if you wish.

Having the opportunity to discuss your course through the medium of Welsh is a huge boost to learning; by working on innovative projects in groups and as an individual, your ability to discuss and work in Welsh will be of great benefit when working with local industrial companies and consultants.

Computing graduates can be found working in many exciting areas, such as formula 1, aviation, games development and meteorology. Who knows, perhaps you’ll be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerburg! Other examples of potential jobs in the field include software developer, information technology officer, research assistant, software engineer and web designer. As you can see, there are plenty of possibilities.

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History and Welsh History

A number of historical areas can be studied through the medium of Welsh, from Welsh History to British, European and North American History. In addition, there will be opportunities to study Historiography, which is the study of how History is studied and used.

Studying History can be a method of fostering analysis, summarising and writing skills – it is a subject very popular among employers. The subject is held in high regard by employers in posts within journalism, the media, research, political lobbying, tourism, teaching and museums. History appeals to employers not only because of the skills you will gain but also the fact that studying the subject will expand your horizons. 

In studying History, you will develop the ability to weigh up facts and to develop independent opinions, together with developing an appreciation of the importance and significance of various historical sources. Your ability to deal with topics objectively and in a balanced manner will be valuable in any career, and will be an advantage for you when coping with everyday challenges in the workplace.

The Coleg Cymraeg offers a number of progressive means of enriching the learning experiences of students of History. In addition, several collaborative modules are offered which give students the opportunity to study part of their course under the guidance of other experts from many universities in Wales. 

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Nursing and Midwifery

Nursing is an exciting and challenging career which demands a number of qualities: commitment, people skills, patience and understanding (not to mention a sense of humour!). This is your chance to make a difference to patients’ lives. The functions of a nurse are very wide-ranging, and providing tender care through difficult times is a key element.

Courses are offered in Nursing in four areas in Wales, namely adult nursing, mental health nursing, nursing children and young people, and learning disability nursing. Whichever area you wish to study, it’s essential that you learn how to deal with the physical, mental and emotional needs of each patient with respect and dignity. 

Each course is split equally between theory and clinical practice, which means that each piece of work carried out under supervision in the clinical area is supported by academic study You will undertake a number of clinical work placements and will receive the support of a clinical mentor in the workplace. You will have the opportunity to foster clinical skills in hospital and in the community, in the health sector and in independent sector institutions, where you will deal with a wide range of health problems or needs presented by patients from all kinds of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. You will also have a chance to learn and practice many clinical skills in simulation rooms, which will support your learning and prepare you for clinical placement and practice.

If you would like to study Midwifery, you will study the following as part of the course:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • pre-conception care
  • detailed study of ante-natal care
  • care during birth
  • post-natal care
  • public health
  • sexual health
  • contraception 
  • detailed study of new-borns.

All these courses have been validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. After graduating, you may register as a nurse with this body. 

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Language and Speech Therapy

Language and speech therapists provide treatment and support for children and adults who have communication difficulties or have problems with eating, drinking or swallowing. This is treatment which can transform lives. They are professional workers in the health-related field and co-operate closely with parents, carers and other professionals such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors.

This course will enable you to gain the necessary qualifications for this exciting profession. The course involves a combination of academic work and practical work. Developing the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to clinical observation and practice is an essential part of training as a speech and language therapist.

The curriculum is wide-ranging, with the following core elements included in the course:

  • Linguistics
  • Phonetics
  • Biological sciences
  • Psychology
  • Speech and language pathology

In order to ensure that Welsh-speaking individuals who have communication difficulties can access treatment in Welsh, it is essential to attract students who can speak Welsh into the profession.

As the only course in Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University offers innovative provision which ensures a range of Welsh-medium opportunities. The provision includes lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and pastoral support, in addition to the opportunity of completing a research project based on the Welsh language should you so wish. Clinical placements are an essential part of the course, and there will be a range of experiences in clinics, hospitals, schools and specialist centres across Wales. Students can complete periods of placement through the medium of Welsh when this is possible. 

By studying parts of the course through the medium of Welsh, you will have an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work in Welsh as well as in English. This will ensure that graduates joining the profession can offer care of the highest quality by communicating in the language most suitable for the situation. There will be an opportunity to discuss factors which are important when undertaking clinical work with a bilingual population, together with what is different for a therapist working in Wales as compared with the rest of the UK. You will have a unique insight into other bilingual situations in the UK and many other countries, which forms part of the profession’s global landscape.

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Pharmacy

Cardiff University’s Welsh-medium provision at the School of Pharmacy ac Pharmaceutical Studies is working towards strengthening Welsh pharmaceutical services in Wales. Continuing to expand and develop this provision is not only essential in order to raise awareness among future pharmacists of the importance of the Welsh language in the field of health in Wales, but also in order to ensure that our services are in the vanguard as regards meeting the care needs of Welsh speakers and their families or carers.

“The purpose of health and social care services is to care for people as individuals … People’s cultural identity and their linguistic needs must be core to this because it is an essential element of good quality care and high professional standards.”

More than Words – A Strategic Framework for Welsh Language Services in Health, Social Services and Social Care.

The chief focus of Pharmacy is patients’ needs, and the degree is formulated to reflect this. The curriculum includes core scientific and therapeutic subjects aligned with clinical practice. We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.

During the course, what you learn will be put to practical use on placement; in the community, in hospital and in a number of other locations. This opportunity to communicate and interact with patients and different professions is an essential part of learning, and reflects the profession and what is required of it. You will have an opportunity to complete placement periods through the medium of Welsh when this is possible. 

As a prospective pharmacist, the opportunity to study elements of the course through the medium of Welsh will be most advantageous. The ability to operate professionally thoroughly bilingually not only improves your career prospects, but also answers the requirements of the health service by ensuring that patients receive the very best treatment.

At Cardiff University, a four-year MPharm degree is offered. The degree is accredited by the Pharmaceutical Council as a valid route into the profession. The School of Pharmacy is undoubtedly one of the best in the UK and is regularly heads national league tables. Thus, a good academic degree and the school’s reputation ensure that our students are very popular with employers.

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Law

A law degree provides a foothold into many areas, not just the legal profession. It can lead to running a business, management, personnel, local or central government, the police and journalism.

If a career in law does appeal to you, you can go on to specialise in a particular area such as family law, criminal law and internet law. The demand for lawyers who understand Wales and the language is increasing due to the fact that the Welsh Government have more powers and the Welsh Language Measure provides further rights for Welsh speakers. After graduating you can join a law firm, large or small, and a career as a solicitor will enable you to work in any type of area – rural or urban. You may also, in time, choose to establish your own law firm.

There has been an exciting growth in the number of Welsh language modules available in Law. If you study these you will have the opportunity to improve your language skills in order to express yourself in both languages. The primary task of a legal mind is to make sense of the complexities of society and its people. In order to reflect today’s dynamic society, the Law modules at the universities change frequently. Some examples of Welsh language modules include Business Law, Europe, human rights and social policy.

It is an exciting time in Wales, and Manon George – who is conducting research into devolution Law in the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University – is witness to this as it is an area that is constantly changing, and one that will affect everyone in Wales. As a Welsh medium lecturer in Law, the skills that Manon has to enable her to work in both languages are attractive to her employers.

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Criminology and Policing Studies

Studying Criminology opens the door to diverse career options. It will encourage you to think critically and independently and will give you the opportunity to develop skills in order to analyse and understand our varied society. Criminology combines intellectual and practical elements.

Studying Welsh medium Criminology modules will ensure that you not only get to grips with the complexities of society in Wales but will also be able to provide services to future employers in both languages. During the course you will gain practical experience, and as the probation service in Wales becomes more distinctively Welsh (with increasing differences between it and the probation service in England) there will be a demand for students who recognise the needs of society in Wales. You will also combine your studies on the Welsh context with international criminology; you will have an opportunity to look at situations abroad that will prepare you for work outside the UK if you so wish.

Criminology includes elements from other disciplines such as Law, Social Sciences and Police Science, and similarly it is possible to study Criminology modules within these subjects.

In studying Welsh medium modules in a degree course or a joint degree in Criminology, you will be qualified to apply for jobs in a variety of areas:

  • The probation service and the police
  • Prisons and the Crown Prosecution Service
  • Work with young people and people on probation
  • Working in Government policy or local government
  • Further studies in Law.
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Social Science and Social Policy

If you’re interested in the problems and challenges of society (whether this is dealing with offenders, developing health policy, childcare, housing policy or language schemes), Social Science and Social Policy is the course for you.

In Wales, there is a demand for people who can tackle the problems of society. Studying a Social Science degree or modules will open your eyes to the society we belong to and ways that we can further develop it. As part of the course, you will explore policy related to the welfare system, health promotion, housing as well as the justice system. You will also have valuable and challenging experiences in this area of work with employers such as the Government, Police and the voluntary sector.

The National Assembly for Wales delivers unique Health and Social Policy for Wales and there is an increasing emphasis on rights for Welsh speakers. This means that there is a demand for employees who understand Welsh society and can work bilingually.

Gaining a degree in Social Science and Social Policy will allow you to work in a variety of fields, including social care, local government, Welsh Government, the Police and the legal system, the health service and older people’s care, education and childcare, youth work as well as developments in terms of the Welsh language.

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Politics

Do you want to be a politician, or do you want to present the counter-argument? Are you keen to learn more about the political landscape in Wales and the rest of the world? If so, politics is the perfect degree for you: it will allow you to build a broad understanding of global power.

As power moves from Westminster to the Assembly, there is demand for people who understand Wales to work in companies, organisations, charities and the media. A degree in Politics shows employers that you can analyse, understand and see many sides to an argument. You’ll be introduced to a wide range of ideas and new political concepts that will broaden your horizons. By studying Welsh medium modules on Wales and the world, you’ll be trained to think and write in Welsh in a purposeful and incisive way. You’ll graduate with the ability to handle political issues in both Welsh and English, which will be invaluable when you apply for jobs.

During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake work experience; that could include a period with a politician, a campaigning organisation, or even the Government in Cardiff, London or Brussels. That will allow you to experience the daily excitement of politics in Wales and beyond.

Politics graduates work in many different fields, e.g. political party research, lobbying for companies or organisations, policy development for campaigning organisations or charities, journalism, the civil service and education.

 

 

 

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Philosophy

Do you like to analyse things and ask questions? Do you enjoy trying to make sense of different elements, e.g. religion, society and human nature? If you want to tackle difficult issues and learn how to understand, interpret and develop all sorts of arguments, Philosophy is the subject for you.

The main essence of Philosophy is getting to grips with understanding and critically evaluating the reasons and assumptions that underpin our daily ideas. In developing this skill, you will also learn how to deal with arguments and communicate them articulately and clearly, which will be of great benefit to you in the world of work. In an increasingly competitive professional world, the ability to reason, analyse and think astutely will put you one step ahead of the competition for any job. In addition, the ability to discuss and work through the medium of Welsh will be another string to your bow.

Studying Philosophy can prepare you for a number of career paths, be it journalism; the media; film and television; the civil service; law; advertising; marketing; management; teaching and further research, or even a career in industry.

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Business Studies

Are you interested in business? Do you want to set up your own business? Or do you want a career working for companies in a wide variety areas, from marketing and selling to human resources and financial firms?

Studying Business through the medium of Welsh offers all kinds of benefits. In the private and public sectors in Wales, the need for Welsh language skills is increasing, especially in marketing, human resources and management where there is more and more demand for businesses to provide services through the medium of Welsh. By studying part of your course in Welsh, you will learn how to handle the subject in both languages, which will be a great asset to you when applying for jobs. You will also be prepared for the world of work by learning a number of other skills too, e.g. the ability to communicate, to work in a team, as well as problem-solving skills. You will also have the opportunity to meet a number of businesspeople and to undertake work experience.

There are many careers open to Business graduates, including marketing; events management; human resource management; tourism management; management of hotels and shops; the civil service; local government; accounting, or even setting up a business.

Business and Management courses can be studied through the medium of Welsh at several universities in Wales. Bangor, South Wales, Trinity Saint David and Cardiff Metropolitan universities all offer at least 40 credits in Welsh in each university year, while some provision is also available at other universities.

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Psychology

A professional career in Psychology is varied and interesting, and with the skills you will develop during your degree you will also be qualified to work in a variety of areas. During the course, you will benefit from the expertise of the lecturers who are dedicated to offering the best possible experience in studying Psychology, and you will also have the opportunity to meet fellow students from all over the world.

In studying your course – or parts of it – through the medium of Welsh, you will be taking a significant step towards preparing for your career. There is strong evidence in Wales of the importance of being able to communicate bilingually when applying for jobs. For instance, key employers such as the NHS and councils want to employ professional psychologists who can communicate with clients, patients and colleagues in Welsh. As a result, the fact that you have studied through the medium of Welsh will be valuable for your CV.

Psychology graduates can work in a number of different areas, including:

  • Educational and clinical psychology 
  • Sport
  • Occupational fields of work 
  • Academia
  • Health
  • Counselling 
  • Health psychology.

Other popular career choices include market research, human resources, education and advertising.

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Medicine

The provision and developments in the teaching of Medicine through the medium of Welsh are geared towards attracting, training and retaining good doctors in Wales. Ensuring an awareness of the importance of the Welsh language in healthcare is a vital part of all students’ medical training as they learn about the differences between being a doctor in Wales and the rest of the UK.

According to the Welsh Government’s strategy, More than Just Words/Mwy na Geiriau (2012):

“It is important to recognise that many people can only communicate their care effectively through the medium of Welsh” (More than Just Words, Welsh Government, 2012).

Developing and extending opportunities for students to study and practice Medicine through the medium of Welsh is an intrinsic part of improving the quality of healthcare in Wales and for Welsh speakers in particular. The medical curriculum is a combination of teaching core information together with ensuring students experience a variety of clinical settings, and a range of learning methods are provided including tutorials, lectures and practical sessions.

The chief aim of a degree in Medicine is to meet patient need, and a core part of the course is the opportunity to communicate and interact with patients in clinical settings with a variety of experiences offered in hospitals, community medical centres and surgeries across Wales. Students have the opportunity to complete placements through the medium of Welsh wherever possible.

For medical students, studying Medicine through the medium of Welsh is an advantage in preparation for the workplace. In the context of the medical profession, the Welsh language is part of a wider picture, where an awareness of the linguistic needs of patients is part of the daily challenge. In light of this, the Welsh Medic – who can communicate fully with patients in both languages - is prepared for the global challenges facing the profession.

Swansea University offer a Graduate Entry Medicine course. Applications are welcomed by graduates of all subjects who have passed the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admissions Test). The course has been shortened to four years instead of the usual five, and as part of the scheme students are given the opportunity to study elements of the course in rural and remote areas in Wales, in order to encourage doctors to work in those areas in future.

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Health Sciences

Wales is home to some of the UK’s most popular schools of Healthcare Sciences, offering a wide choice of degrees and higher education certificates of the highest standard. In addition, the research and clinical opportunities offered are amongst the best in the world.

As a health professional, a significant part of your work will be communicating with the public and colleagues. By studying part of your course through the medium of Welsh you will have the opportunity to develop your communication skills to enable you to work bilingually, increasing your workplace opportunities and giving patients the chance to receive treatment through the medium of Welsh if they wish.

A wide range of subjects are available to study at university:

  • Physiotherapy 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Speech therapy 
  • Operating department practice 
  • Dietetics
  • Diagnostic radiography 
  • Radiotherapy and oncology. 

During your studies, you will have the chance to experience interesting educational approaches, e.g. clinical problem based learning. You will also have the opportunity to learn in virtual laboratories that recreate the hospital ward and clinic as well as the intensive care and surgical departments. Lectures and tutorials are held for all the health subjects as part of a multi-professional course and you will have the opportunity to work alongside NHS staff, in addition to working in community based settings.

The NHS is Wales’ largest employer, employing over 70,000 members of staff. If you want to work for this organisation after graduating you will be part of a large team of professionals who work together to provide healthcare in hospitals and in the community for over three million people in Wales. The NHS works with social services and third sector organisations, and a wide range of opportunities exist for health professionals in the private sector, the third sector and in social services, together with schools, prisons, politics, research and sport. A career as a health professional will offer daily challenges as well as satisfaction and the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge.

If you want a satisfying, challenging, interesting and varied career, take a look at the health courses available in Wales and join a wide-ranging team of multi-talented professionals.

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Social Work

Being a social worker demands wide-ranging knowledge and particular skills for working with some of society’s most vulnerable individuals. Consequently those who want to work in this area require professional training.

During the Social Work degree programmes, academic and professional elements are drawn together in order to prepare students for jobs within the social care workforce. In addition to gaining a recognised educational qualification you will also gain the registration required to work professionally.

In social care, it is vital that any vulnerable individual has the opportunity to express their most personal feelings and experiences in their first language. It is only through ensuring that every opportunity is given to the individual to express themselves – and be understood in their language of choice – that the appropriate care, support and service can be arranged for them.

A number of social work programmes offer training through undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Some offer certain elements of study through the medium of Welsh and you can study the complete postgraduate Social Work programme through the medium of Welsh at Bangor University.

You will have an opportunity to study a variety of modules, including values and ethics, social work law, working with children and families and working with adults with different needs. A significant proportion of the programmes offer opportunities for students to experience the practical side of social work in different settings such as social services departments, third sector organisations and the private sector.

 

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Mathematics

Mathematics is a very broad subject; it is a language in itself, and is used in a wide range of scientific fields, e.g. Physics and Engineering.

In studying mathematics, you can specialise in aspects of the subject, such as Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or operational research, or you can study any combinations of these. With a view to further enhancing your learning experience, some universities offer opportunities to work in industry, or abroad, for a year.

The first two years of MMath and BSc courses are usually the same, and there will be an opportunity to transfer from one scheme to another if you wish.

It is true to say that Maths graduates are likely to receive the highest salaries, second only to Medicine and Dentistry graduates. There is an increasing demand for Mathematics graduates, and the importance of STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is recognised in the Welsh Government science agenda, Science for Wales.

A degree in Mathematics can prepare you for a brilliant career, and Maths graduates can be found working in various fields, whether as researchers, engineers, programmers, accountants or teachers. Even if you choose to work in another area after graduating, your skills in analysing, problem solving and critical thinking, along with your practical, computer and communications skills, will be an asset to you in whatever career you choose.

Elements of Mathematics degree courses are taught through the medium of Welsh in more than one university. The ability to discuss and work in both languages is vital in communicating in Wales, and studying elements of a Mathematics degree course through the medium of Welsh will give you a golden opportunity to develop the necessary language skills.

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Biosciences

Biosciences offer a unique opportunity to understand how the world around us works. What effect will climate change have on our environment? How much of our genetic make-up is similar to that of a monkey or a banana?

Biosciences is based on research and experiments in a laboratory and in the field. Together with expanding your scientific knowledge and understanding of standard scientific techniques, you will also have an opportunity to develop transferable skills in statistics, communication and presentation methods together with organisational skills (as an individual and as part of a group).

In addition to traditional lectures, you will also learn about biosciences through participation in tutorials and seminars, together with developing the ability to work independently through a research project. In some universities you will have an opportunity to undertake work experience as well as go on field trips to sites around the world.

In studying Biosciences through the medium of Welsh you will be able to benefit from developing an invaluable skillset for whatever career you choose. In Wales, employers linked to Biosciences acknowledge the importance of effective communication in Welsh and English. This is particularly true in jobs where communicating with the public is an essential part of the work; in the environment (with landowners, farmers and horticulturalists) and hospitals (with patients, adults and children).

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Environmental Science and Ocean Sciences

Interested in the environment? Keen to learn more about natural processes and the relationship between them? Want to see Welsh businesses’ environmental performance improve? If so, a degree in Environmental Science is ideal for you.

Environmental Science is a wide-ranging discipline and you will be studying modern day threats to the world and its people such as climate change, pollution, conservation and food safety. In studying the subject you will have a strong foundation in Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Marine Sciences together with a strong awareness of the relationship between these elements and their effect on mankind.

During the course you will have a number of opportunities to meet with members of the environmental sector workforce, as well as the opportunity to undertake work experience. Working within the sector you will work with the environmental industries (e.g. agriculture, water, tourism), where statutory bodies expect staff to be able to use both Welsh and English equally. By studying part of your course through the medium of Welsh, you will gain the confidence to present environmental issues in both languages that will be advantageous to you as you pursue your career.

Graduates in this field can be found working in a number of different disciplines such as conservation and protection of habitats, environmental consultation, developing and implementing policy, water quality monitoring together with waste management.

 

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Physics

Physics is an exciting subject that offers students a host of experiences by combining the theoretical and the practical. Physics degree courses provide a strong foundation to understand and explain the world around us; Physics laws are the foundation of modern technology, and are used to describe systems, from small subatomic particles to massive galaxies.

Physics is a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which are recognised as central to Wales’s economic prosperity). Physics is highly valued in a variety of fields, such as meteorology, medicine, engineering and renewable energy.

There are many opportunities for Physics graduates. Even if you choose to leave the field after graduating, the skills that you will develop during the course – computer skills, analytical and communication skills, and the ability to think critically and solve problems – will be invaluable, whatever path you take. It goes without saying therefore: a Physics degree will open many doors.

A variety of Physics degree schemes are offered. There are three year BSc degree schemes, and four year MPhys degree schemes (which includes more challenging material). There is also a four year BSc Physics degree scheme with a foundation year, for those who have no background of studying Physics at A Level in school.

Elements of Physics degree courses are taught through the medium of Welsh. These bilingual degree schemes will give you the opportunity to use both languages to deal with physics, which will prepare you for the professional landscape in Wales and the international arena. If you are interested in working abroad, you will also have opportunities to do so as part of the degree course.

 

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Chemistry

Not every Chemist wears a white coat! A degree in Chemistry can lead to a distinguished career in many fields.

Studying Chemistry through the medium of Welsh offers many advantages. It eases the jump between A Level and university education since discussing a subject through a first language rather than a second is much easier. By studying part of the course through the medium of Welsh, you will have the ability to discuss and write in both languages.

In addition to studying Core Chemistry from practical and theoretical points of view, there is an emphasis on transferable skills, such as communication, dealing with numbers, analysis, handling data, observation, team working and thinking logically. These will be beneficial, whatever career you pursue after graduating. Chemistry graduates work in a number of different areas and locations, including:

  • industry
  • research
  • computing
  • marketing
  • accounting
  • journalism
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • commercial analysis laboratories
  • forensic science
  • archaeology
  • food technology
  • biotechnology
  • metallurgy companies.
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Agriculture and Rural Science

With the growth in world population alongside the need to ensure the highest quality food supply, it is more important than ever that farmers receive a first class education. Ensuring the availability of nutritious milk and meat in the future is vital, as well as complying with conservation and sustainability requirements. In studying a course in Agriculture, you'll also learn a number of important principles such as soil and grassland management, crop management and production, animal production as well as sustainability.

If you are interested in a more vocational course, the Foundation degree in Agriculture or Agriculture and Countryside Management will appeal to you. This is a unique opportunity to develop skills in husbandry and management, and to gain practical experience that will pave the way to a career in agriculture, countryside management and conservation. These courses are also popular among those who wish to retrain or change career.

The food and farming sector is key to the Welsh economy in terms of employment and its contribution to tourism. The supply chain represents around 18% of the Welsh workforce. According to a Welsh Government report on Welsh language skills, 45% of agri-food sector employers considered Welsh language skills as important to their business, and a third considered Welsh language skills as very important. The same report shows that Welsh is used in the workplace in almost 50% of agri-food sector organisations. This naturally means that studying in Welsh will empower you with language skills crucial to this sector.

Graduates of Agriculture and Countryside Management work in many different areas, including farm management, animal feed, agricultural-environmental consultancy, the provision of sustainable food, farm animal health and welfare inspection, agricultural goods supply, as well as habitat protection and conservation.

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Journalism

“The competition to start working in journalism is fierce; most training placements go to people with higher education qualifications”

(Source: www.careerswales.com)

Do you have what it takes to be a journalist? Are you interested in the who, the where, the why and the how? Do you want to know where every good journalist gets their stories, and learn how to write them?

By studying a degree in Journalism, you'll learn the answers to these questions. Firstly you’ll learn what a news story is, before going on to develop the ability to analyse and interpret it. You’ll be given the opportunity to consider the effects of social media on mass media, and to consider the future of the journalism industry.

Journalism is a modern and exciting subject. By learning a wealth of practical skills, you'll be guided towards a distinguished career, and there is clear demand from employers for students who have the ability to work as a journalist in Welsh and English with confidence and skill. Your degree can also lead you to a number of other career paths, e.g. marketing, online social media management, broadcasting, writing for magazines, as well as working in public relations.

You can study Journalism through the medium of Welsh at the following universities:

Cardiff University

Bangor University 

Further information about a career in journalism can be found here.

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Drama / Theatre / Performance

Over the years, Drama has been one of the most popular subjects for Welsh medium study, and studying the subject now gives you as a student the opportunity to interpret many different aspects. The courses give you the opportunity to explore the practical and theoretical aspects, and often you can choose to focus on a specific aspect of a practical or theoretical position.

There are practical sessions and classes on playwriting, various approaches to performing, directing and producing, as well as theatre design and technology. You’ll also be given the opportunity to study textual drama, the history and development of the theatre alongside its social and community role, as well as various aspects of the theatre throughout the world.

In recent years, the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s collaborative opportunities in this area have included scriptwriting modules, a play reviewing course, a student conference, along with a Theatre Directing course. This year, Wales’s Drama students will participate in MAP (Students! Innovation!! Performing!!!), the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s theatre festival, which will allow you to showcase your work on a national stage.

After graduating, you can go on to work as a freelancer or as a member of a permanent or touring company, whether as a writer, screenwriter, actor, director or producer. Your bilingual skills will also mean you can work in Welsh or in English, which will double your opportunities as you embark on your career.

Information about courses:

Aberystwyth University 
University of South Wales
University of Wales Trinity Saint David  

The Careers Wales website has general information about pursuing a career in Theatre.

If you are interested in ‘behind the scenes’ work, check out this page

If you are interested in performing, there is further information on this page:

 

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Public Relations

“Most public relations officers are graduates” (Source: www.careerswales.com)

Every organisation, regardless of its size and role, depends on its reputation in order to ensure its continuing success. Public Relations is a specialised field that aims to understand the objectives of specific organisations – and to provide them with support – through strategic use of various communication methods. Experts in public relations strive to maintain goodwill and understanding between an organisation and its audiences, including current customers and potential customers, employees and managers, investors, the media, government and suppliers. From preparing press releases to protecting the brand effectively, support can be secured for the organisation in question as well as recognition for its work.

In studying for a degree in Public Relations, you will have a challenging and exciting educational experience. The BA Media and Public Relations course at Swansea University is vocational in nature, preparing students for careers in communication; a rapidly expanding industry in Wales.

By combining theory and practical activities, the course will give you the opportunity to master the skills of strategic communication, such as press management, brand management, advertising, corporate communications, digital communications and events management. The course explains how organisations and individuals communicate, taking into account the various factions with whom they communicate, and the methods used. You will also focus on the strategies and tactics used in public relations, including the importance of market research techniques, advertising, marketing, as well as online and digital communications. Particular emphasis is placed on press management, along with the role played by public relations in influencing the news agenda and public opinion.

As a result of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011, along with the growth in the powers devolved to the Welsh Government, there is growing demand for skilled Welsh medium strategic communicators.


By forging a close relationship with various communication practitioners – within the public sector, communications and advertising agencies, private companies and the third sector – you’ll have the opportunity to gain direct experience of the industry in an informal way, as well as the opportunity to spend time undertaking work experience in an exciting location.

After graduating, you could pursue a career as a corporate and professional communicator in various sectors in Wales and beyond.

Further information on the BA Media and Public Relations at Swansea University can be found here.

The Careers Wales website also has useful information about Public Relations.

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Film Studies

There are various methods of studying film, which are gaining in popularity. You can focus on the operational and practical side or the academic and analytical, or why not combine the two?

You can study different aspects of specific films, from the script to the camera work, the lighting to the editing. You’ll have the opportunity to trace the progress of individual directors or schools of directors in a global context, and follow the development of different traditions based on western and eastern native cultures.

A degree in Film Studies can lead to a variety of jobs, including creative freelancer, working on specific productions or pursuing an academic career by specialising in a particular historical or contemporary genre.

See further information about specific courses (available either wholly or partly in Welsh) here:

Aberystwyth University 
Bangor University  (dolen i dudalen Saesneg er bod 84% o’r cwrs ar gael drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg – yn ôl Unistats)
Swansea University – as part of the BA Media and Public Relations course. Welsh medium modules available here: 

Also see the Careers Wales website for further information about the opportunities available in these subjects.

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Modern Languages

“Nearly two thirds of Modern Language graduates are in work within six months of graduating”

According to a study by the British Council, Spanish, French and German are among the five most important languages for the UK’s future.

Why study Modern Languages at university?

“It shows you are an open-minded individual, that you are inquisitive and able to communicate.”

Studying languages offers many career opportunities and opportunities to study, in Wales and internationally. If you want to learn more about the world and develop an expertise in a specific language, a degree in Modern Languages is ideal for you. Bilingualism – if not trilingualism – is common throughout Europe, and many students who are already bilingual love to study an additional language.

Languages are the key to the new, multilingual world in which we live. Be part of it!

Why study in Welsh?

By studying the subject through the medium of Welsh, you’ll be able to study a modern language through the language that comes naturally to you. You'll gain a deep understanding of the modern language by focusing on linguistic elements alongside a range of exciting modules about literature, society, politics and the economy of countries around the world.

Many graduates go on to look for work abroad, but a number of graduates also take advantage of the opportunities that exist in Wales, pursuing careers in the following areas:

  • technology
  • public sector (e.g. the European Commission, British Council)
  • media
  • event management
  • tourism
  • retail
  • manufacturing
  • law
  • translation
  • interpretation
  • education (secondary school teacher/further/higher education, teacher of English as a foreign language in schools)
  • retail purchasing
  • accounting
  • marketing and market research.

“The Welsh language is useful very often when testing new linguistic elements, and more so than English; it can help me especially when trying to guess the meaning of French and Spanish words.”

Read about the Modern Languages degrees that universities offer through the medium of Welsh:

Swansea University
Aberystwyth University (some Welsh medium modules in 2014/2015)
Bangor University
Cardiff University (some Welsh medium modules in 2014/2015)


You will also find information on all the courses on our . The finder will show what courses are eligible for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s .

Remember: Modern Languages is one of the subject areas eligible for .

Resources

Check out Botwm y Byd, an exciting project that provides Welsh medium learning resources in New Media, Modern Languages and Politics. This is a great way to find the texts you’ll study when you study a degree in Modern Languages.
CILT Cymru’s website includes a great deal opf information about the benefits of studying languages. Click the link below to learn about the career paths followed by Modern Languages graduates: http://www.cymraeg.ciltcymru.org.uk/cyfleoedd-gydag-ieithoedd/

The ‘Studying Languages’ website is very useful as you consider and prepare for studying languages at university http://www.studyinglanguages.ac.uk/.

Unique opportunities

In recent years, a number of students studying a proportion of their Modern Languages degree through the medium of Welsh have benefitted from attending a residential course with students and lecturers from other universities across Wales. This is a unique opportunity to share experiences and to get to know other people who also enjoy learning about the languages and cultures of foreign countries. As well as lectures on specific topics and sessions on career opportunities, the course is an opportunity to socialise and to compete in the Grammarolympics!

Read about the 2012 course here

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Creative Industries

The Creative Industries are a very exciting field that represents a wide range of areas and jobs. If you are interested in the media, social networking, digital developments, production and post-production or the performing arts, read on!

Did you know...?

“30,000 people work in the Creative Industries in Wales; it is one of the highest growth sectors in the country”

(Source: www.wales.com)

“68% of the creative workforce in Wales have a degree level qualification”

(Source: www.careerswales.com)

“By 2017, there will be 7,000 more creative jobs in Wales; half of these will be new jobs due to growth in the industry”

(Source: www.careerswales.com)

The Creative Industries include several subjects. These are the subjects that can be studied through the medium of Welsh at present:

Information about all the courses is also available on our course finder. The course finder shows which courses are eligible for Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol scholarships.

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Welsh

A wide range of exciting opportunities is awaiting you if you choose to study Welsh at university…

“What’s the point of studying a degree in Welsh if you don’t want to be a teacher – there are no other careers available for you”

A degree in Welsh can of course open up this career for you, and there is great demand for talented, energetic and enthusiastic teachers in our schools, but a degree in Welsh can open many other doors for you too.

Why study Welsh at university?

  • It’s a diverse, vibrant and dynamic subject – dolen i dudalen (1) ‘Tri pheth doeddet ti (efallai) ddim yn gwybod am astudio’r Gymraeg’
  • You can choose from a range of degree courses in a number of universities, for first and second language students – dolen i dudalen (2) ‘Beth yn union mae gradd yn y Gymraeg yn ei gynnig?’
  • You’ll have the opportunity to develop unique skills that will prepare you for the world of work – dolen i dudalen (3) ‘Y Gymraeg a’r byd gwaith’ 
  • You’ll have amazing experiences in terms of literature, culture, language and social life – dolen i dudalen (4) ‘Manteision astudio’r Gymraeg’

 

 

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Art and Design

Art and Design enables students to develop a wide range of artistic skills. You’ll have the opportunity to develop practical skills in 2D and 3D work, digital processes, still and moving images, design and planning, as well as creating work in fine art, craft and design. Alongside skills in art, you’ll develop skills that you can apply to the workplace, e.g. ability in decision-making, communication, innovation and enterprise.
The subject underlines the importance of combining practical and creative skills. It is based on theoretical ideas that will enable you to reach your creative potential.
Across all Visual Arts subjects, you'll also have the opportunity to look at Wales’s creative visual cultures within an international context. As a basis for the practical creative process, you will develop historical and theoretical knowledge, international ideas, an understanding of contemporary art and design, as well as an appreciation of the importance of visual culture.
By following a degree course in Art and Design, there are several career paths open to you, working as one of the following:

  • professional artist
  • community artist
  • artistic manufacturer
  • designer
  • creative practitioner
  • freelancer
  • curator
  • art and design administrator
  • primary or secondary teacher, subject to gaining a PGCE.

Or if you wish to continue with your studies, you could follow an MA programme.

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Religious Studies

Understanding the world’s religions is an integral part of understanding our culture and wider society.
In studying for a BA in Religious Studies, you will come to understand religions such as Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism, in their cultural, social and historical contexts.
Throughout the course, you will gain an understanding of the dynamic relationship between religion, society and culture, by examining religion’s role in the most important questions of our time. Religious commitment, history and identity will be examined in detail, in the context of contemporary events of global importance.

The practices and beliefs of the world’s major religions can be studied, as well as other traditions such as native religions and new religious movements. Different approaches to the study of religion will be introduced, with particular attention to the place of religion in the modern world. There will be an opportunity to visit local and national places of worship, to go on overseas trips to centres of religious significance, and to foster a practical knowledge and a personal understanding of the world’s cultures and religions.

A degree in religious studies can lead to a career in several areas, including:

  • social services
  • education
  • international charitable and support organisations
  • tourism
  • media
  • politics
  • civil service
  • publishing
  • journalism
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Education and Early Childhood Studies

Would you like to work with young children and their families? Maybe you already work in a school or a nursery, and want to expand your qualifications?
Because of the need to give young people the best possible opportunities, there is a great demand for skilled and confident workers in this area. By studying the subject through the medium of Welsh, you’ll be a great asset for any prospective employer as a result of your ability to offer a Welsh language service to children and families, at a time when there is a clear and growing demand for it.
During the course, you’ll look at early childhood in the context of child development in Wales and across the world, both theoretically and historically, and in current practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to study cultural concepts of childhood, early literacy, outdoor learning, as well as gender. You will also visit a number of locations with links to the field in Wales and beyond.
A degree in Education and Early Childhood Studies will prepare you for the world of work, as you will develop a thorough knowledge of a number of key areas, including sustainability, justice, social inclusion and leadership.
Graduates work in various areas, including:

  • the specialist voluntary sector (e.g. Mudiad Meithrin, Kids’ Clubs, Women’s Aid)
  • teaching
  • working with the community and families (Flying Start, family centres)
  • social work
  • working in a specialised library (e.g. a toy library)
  • senior management in educational research or daycare provision.
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