Welsh is compulsory at key stage 4.
Welsh is a core subject which is taught to all pupils up to GCSE level. It is a statutory requirement that all pupils study the Welsh language up to 16 years old.
The Welsh Department is very active in promoting the importance of learning Welsh. With all the exciting developments in Wales today, people are becoming more and more aware of the importance of the language. It can be of an enormous advantage in a wide range of careers and jobs.
There are many reasons to learn Welsh…
● It will give you a better chance of getting a job in Wales.
● It will allow you to communicate in Welsh.
● It will help develop your understanding of the Welsh culture.
● It will help you to develop a stronger Welsh identity.
● It will ensure you can take advantage of Welsh media.
We attempt to nurture our pupils’ positive attitudes towards their Welshness through dynamic teaching and also by arranging a variety of extra-curricular activities to promote the language outside the classroom. Not only because we live in Wales and we should be able to have some grasp on our home language, but also because of the importance that is put on the ability to communicate in Welsh in the world of work
Studying the GCSE Welsh will encourage you to:
● Develop your confidence when communicating effectively in Welsh.
● Develop skills to make practical use of the language in order to communicate effectively, usefully and appropriately in the bilingual society.
A Level Welsh
During Year 12 you will study three modules and, at the end of the year, you will gain a Welsh Second Language AS certificate.
- Module 1: Film and Oracy
- Module 2: Written coursework
- Module 3: Using Language and Poetry (incl. personal writing)
During Year 13 you will study three further modules and, on successful completion, you will gain a Welsh SecondLanguage A-Level certificate.
- Module 4: Drama and Oracy
- Module 5: Welsh in the Society and Translanguaging
- Module 6: Using language and Short Story
The Welsh Second Language AS and A-Level enables you to:
- communicate fluently and confidently in Welsh
- write creatively and factually
- read and respond to others’ opinions
Succeeding in Welsh, makes your application for University far more attractive, Even if you decide to study a degree apart from Welsh, you will find that previous study of a language will be a valuable tool. It will show how flexible you
are and that you have the ability to communicate in a second language.
Welsh will also be valuable for the world of work and, as a result of studying Welsh, there will be numerous options ahead; e.g. all Public Sector jobs, The Local Government, Education, The Media – the list is endless!
For more information regarding this subject please see the prospectus here.