A Level Welsh
QUALIFICATION AS / A2
EXAMINATION BOARD WJEC
COURSE DESCRIPTION Welsh is the oldest european language and as such is an extremely vital language within our developing communities.
The A level Welsh course embraces the spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues of the Welsh language, thus enabling our students to use Welsh outside of the classroom and in the their day-to day lives.
So many people want to live their lives in Welsh and by choosing to follow second language Welsh at the college together we can increase the percentage of Welsh speakers in the area from 22.7% and aim to secure the future of our language.
The course is taught using a variety of teaching methods and resources. Students are required to read, understand, comment and analyse Welsh poetry, short stories, plays and film. Students will be required to give presentations and lead class discussions in the target language. They will also practice essay questions from past papers; use the internet for research and for completing language exercises.
AS/A2 UNITS Three compulsory units are studied for AS level including:
Unit 1 – oral: about the film ‘Hedd Wyn’ and multimedia in Wales
Unit 2 – writing: create a portfolio of work containing four pieces of written coursework totalling 3,000 words about a specific topic.
Unit 3 – Students will also cover the use of language and poetry from the study of seven poems and Welsh Grammar.
Also at AS: Students get an opportunity to take a trip to Glan Llyn, where they will gain valuable knowledge of the poetry from the writers themselves and be able to enjoy the outdoor facilities whilst conversing through the medium of Welsh with similar language learners.
During the A2 year, the three compulsory units are:
Unit 1 - the play ‘Siwan’
Unit 2 - a study of ‘multimedia in Wales’ as well as a few short stories and formal letter writing giving opinions on contemporary themes.
Unit 3 - further use of language and poetry involves the study of grammar and four poetry themes.
ASSESSMENT at AS 20% oral exam; 15% internal assessment; 15% written exam.
At A2 15% oral exam; 20% short story and translanguaging exam; 15% written exam.
Entry 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C including Welsh (short course/ full course), English literature, English language and / or a modern foreign language.
PROGRESSION Students who have successfully studied Welsh or an additional language at A level are looked upon favourably by universities and employers.
Welsh speakers have a wider variety of job opportunities within different sectors, anything from acting and directing/ business / travel and tourism / education/ NHS and the emergency services.
Welsh is an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations. These skills are essential within any work place