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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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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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