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
The regular A Level courses commence in September and an intake in January, these courses are designed to be taught in a classroom environment / online and follow a structured curriculum with a fixed schedule of classes, assessments and exams.
Distance Learning online courses can be started at any time throughout the year, and students can work at their own pace and in their own time
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.