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Higher Education (Welsh Language)

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which courses at each of the institutions of higher and further education in Wales are available to students to study (a) partly and (b) entirely through the medium of the Welsh language.

The board for Welsh medium teaching of the University of Wales has reported that in 1986–87 students of the university were pursuing courses partly or entirely through the medium of Welsh as follows:

InstitutionSecretarialBusiness/CommerceNursery Nursing (NNEB)AgricultureHome Economics/Community careHealth studiesHairdressingCommunicationTechnician
Aberystwyth College of FE1**
Ammanford Technical College*
Gwynedd Technical College**
Llandrillo Technical College**
Llysfasi College of Agriculture*
Coleg Meirinydd******
Coleg Pencraig*

University College of Wales, Aberystwyth

Degree courses in Education, Drama, History, Welsh History, Philosophy, French, Geography, Religious Studies, Music and Politics, Post-graduate teacher training.

University College of North Wales, Bangor

Degree courses in Education, Drama, History, Welsh History, Biblical Studies, Theology, Music and Sociology. Post-graduate teacher training.

St. Davids University College, Lampeter

Degree courses in Archaeology, History, Theology and Religious Studies.

University College Cardiff

A degree course in Home economics.

The University of Wales is also able to provide tuition partly or wholly through the medium of Welsh, in a range of other subjects. They are centred mainly at the University college of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University college of North Wales, Bangor, with some provision at University college, Cardiff, St. Davids University college Lampeter, and University college, Swansea.

In the public sector courses of advanced further education are available wholly or partly through the medium of Welsh as follows:

Trinity College Carmarthen

Degree courses in the Rural Environment and 19th and 20th century Studies, a Bachelor of Education course, and Post-graduate teacher training in Religious Education.

Bangor Normal College

Degree courses in Communications, Administration and Environmental Studies, a Bachelor of Education course and Post-graduate teacher training course for primary school teachers.

Gwent College of Higher Education

Teacher training course in Craft, Design and Technology.

South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education

Degree course in Speech Therapy and Post-graduate teacher training courses in Art and Phyical Education.

Welsh College of Librarianship

A Degree course and Post-graduate course in Librarianship.

In 1986 public sector colleges reported that courses of non-advanced further education were available partly or entirely in the Welsh language as follows:




Nursery Nursing (NNEB)


Home Economics/Community care

Health studies




Montgomery College


North East Wales Inst. of HE


West Glamorgan Inst. of HE


1 Including a post-graduate course.

Information on the funds allocated at institutions specifically for the promotion of teaching through the medium of Welsh is not held centrally.