AS/A Level Welsh Language Course
Exam board: WJEC
AS Level: 2200QS – A Level: 1200QS
The Welsh language is one of the treasures of Wales. It is part of what defines us as people and as a nation” (Welsh Government). Do you want to be one of a million Welsh speakers by 2050? Do you want the thrill of being able to communicate in more than one language? Do you want enhanced employment opportunities? Do you like a challenge? Then, studying Welsh is definitely the right option for you! During the course you will encounter Welsh films and Welsh literature; you will undertake individual research; you will learn about the history of the language and acquire the language resources to enable you to communicate in a wide range of situations and contexts. You will develop a range of transferrable skills such as problem solving, intellectual flexibility, teamwork and creativity – all of which will make you highly employable and a desirable student for any university course.
The programme is assessed through the following skills: reading, writing, and speaking. Lessons are delivered through the medium of Welsh, in the main, which ensures that students reach the highest level of accuracy and fluency.
To study A Level Welsh Language you need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4-9 / C or above including English Language and Mathematics.
The study of The WJEC AS and A Level Welsh Second Language will build on the knowledge,
understanding and skills identified for higher tier GCSE qualifications in Welsh Second
Language. However, students may have gained the knowledge, understanding and
skills without achieving the qualifications.
Knowledge and Understanding
In the AS and A Level specification, candidates are required to show knowledge and
- the structures, grammar and patterns of both spoken and written Welsh within a
- the register and appropriateness of language and style in a range of factual texts
about the modern world
- the content, format and style of media literature and a range of poetry and prose
- Wales’s traditional culture.
In both oral and written language, the AS and A Level specifications also require
- demonstrate accuracy when using syntax and grammar in various formats and
contexts and for a range of audiences and purposes
- use a correct linguistic register in a broad range of contexts for creative purposes, to discuss literature and translanguage, and for a range of practical uses with
consideration for purpose and audience
- discuss, consider and respond to other views and opinions to reach balanced
- make appropriate use of dictionaries but also demonstrate the ability to express a meaning without referring to a dictionary
- provide a critical analysis and a personal response to familiar works and texts, using
- select relevant extracts from texts in discussions, to explain and exemplify personal opinions
- discuss and respond to contemporary multimedia culture such as theatre,
broadcasting, film and journalism
- discuss attitudes and values found in texts.
This study will provide a solid grounding for further study while simultaneously developing appropriate language skills for the workplace.
A2 candidates should:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of prose in terms of structure
- demonstrate a more precise knowledge and understanding of correct language and
- compare works or texts in order to understand and comment on their common
features and differences, demonstrating the ability to make a critical analysis of
literature, and express a personal response and use appropriate terminology
- demonstrate enhanced knowledge and understanding of the field
- discuss and respond to the Welsh language in local society and on a national level
- demonstrate skills which have been honed and developed.
This is a unitised specification which allows for an element of staged assessment.
Assessment opportunities will be available in the summer assessment period each year,
until the end of the life of the specification.
This specification is divided into a total of 6 units – 3 AS units and 3 A2 units. The weighting
noted below are expressed in terms of the full A level examination.
Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits the exams.
To find out more about exam access arrangements click here