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Studying medicine bilingually
Studying medicine bilingually

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Have you considered studying medicine through the medium of Welsh?

Did you know you can study medicine bilingually at Cardiff University? Here’s why you might want to think about it…

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We need more doctors who can speak to patients in both Welsh and English.

The Welsh Government is committed to delivering high-quality health service that are centred on patients’ needs and outcomes. The ‘More than just words’ strategic framework identifies that many people in Wales can only communicate and participate effectively in their care and support as equal partners effectively through the medium of Welsh. NHS Wales therefore has a responsibility to meet people’s linguistic needs and only by doing this can it provide a service that is safe and effective.

In addition, the Welsh Government’s ‘One million Welsh speakers by 2050’ consultation paper sets out an ambition to create a Wales that responds in a planned way to the growing demand for Welsh-medium education. The plan is to increase the number of people learning and able to use the language with their families, in their communities and in the workplace.

The aim is to create the conditions whereby everyone in Wales will have access to the Welsh language, and that every speaker, regardless of their level of ability, should be able to choose to use their Welsh language skills and receive encouragement and support to further develop their skills if they so wish, in an inclusive and positive environment.

Students studying bilingually also report that they are more confident when contributing to groups in Welsh. Students report higher student satisfaction levels according to the independent Teaching Excellence Framework [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] data.

Our aim is to produce graduates who are confident with working in both Welsh and English. Take a look at the video below to find out about a student’s experience of learning medicine through the medium of Welsh.

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