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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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Curriculum

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
understanding of:

  • the structures, grammar and patterns of both spoken and written Welsh within a
    meaningful context
  • 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.

Skills
In both oral and written language, the AS and A Level specifications also require
candidates to:

  • 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
    conclusions
  •  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
    appropriate terminology
  • 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
    and theme
  • demonstrate a more precise knowledge and understanding of correct language and
    grammatical rules
  • 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.

AS Level

A2 Level

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.

AS Level

A2 Level

Access Arrangements

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

Study Options

You can choose from the following study options:

  • Online classes only
  • Blended learning – Classes at the campus and online
  • Distance learning course

FAQs

We offer a range of study options, we are flexible, offer tutor support, and 
interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

We are registered with Estyn, our aims to give each student a complete education in which they achieve their academic potential and grow as an individual.

As well as studying with us, you can sit your exams with us too.


Straight away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol, you can begin your course at any time. Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started by the next working day.

You’ll sit the same A level exams at the same time as all the other students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification.

You’re a level course will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide.


Yes! You can, if you are looking to improve your grade in your GCSEs, whilst studying A levels with us!


You can study A level courses through a range of study options; our blended learning which consists of online live classes and pre-recorded and in person teaching in class. The other option is only online live classes or Distance learning course.


Students normally study 4 AS subject in Year 12 and continue with the 3 subjects of their course in Year 2 to complete the A level.


If you are studying a distance learning course, we can assess you through the year through a range of assessments.
How will I be supported?

  • We offer subject support tutorials every month
  • 1:1 support from your subject tutor, online or by email
  • 24/7 access to the your online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

Distance Learning is a self-study course that you work through at your own pace using our Online course materials; a wide range of online resources, access to our Google classroom and tutor support when you need it.

Of course, you can study this course part time, making sure you have mentioned in your enrolment.


A level’s are usually a two year course, studying this in one year, would be an intensive course. You may be able to complete the course in one year as an intensive course; you need to show a strong understanding of the subject.

You have the option to join Year 13 and repeat the year and complete your course in one year.


We offer A levels – part time in the evenings to adult learners.

You have 2 options – Online live classes in the evening, Online Distance learning course.

You will have full tutor support in both options.


We offer support to all our students! We help you with your university options, personal statement writing, we provide a reference and your predicted grades. 
We also help you prepare for you interviews.


We offer interest-free payment plans, you can pay monthly, termly or annually.


Yes of course! You can come in to our office and speak to our course advisors.
You can also book a Video call with us, email admin@swanseacollege.com to arrange.


Choose the subject you would like to study, add to courses, complete our application form and you can choose to pay online. 
If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our Student Advisors on 01792 535 000.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please let us know before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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