Welsh 2nd Language AS / A Level



What will you study

There are 3 main Units to the Course:
CA1 – Film and Oracy, CA2 – Coursework and CA3 – Grammar and Poetry

In this Unit you will study a series of Welsh films and discuss, compare and contrast characters, themes and events from the films, with the main focus being on the film Hedd Wyn. As well as studying film you will also be expected to visit the theatre to watch Welsh productions and familiarise yourself with Welsh media and culture by watching S4C, listening to Radio Cymru and reading Welsh newspapers and magazines.  

CA2 – Coursework   (Project)
In this Unit you will be expected to create a project of between 2,000 – 3,000 words. The project focuses on your research and writing skills. The project can be on any subject of your choice providing it has a link to Wales or a Welsh theme. The project must include at least 4 different writing genres and be original work.
Lessons will be given on how to produce different types of writing and help and support will be available at all times.
Students will begin preparing for their project in September and must have it completed by March where it will be internally assessed and then sent to the WJEC to be verified.

CA3 – Grammar and Poetry (2hr Written Exam)
In this Unit you will study Grammar and Poetry. In the Grammar section you will study and learn about the general rules of grammar including Mutations, Idioms, Tenses, Verb endings and general sentence structure. In the poetry section you will be following the series ‘Cerddi’r Ugeinfed Ganrif’ (20th Century Poetry), concentrating on a selection of 20th Century Poets and their work. In this section you will be expected to analyze each poem for it’s content/style/structure/imagery and language.


Who is the course for?

For high achievers who have an interest in the history, traditions and culture of Wales and the Welsh language and for those wishing to build upon their Welsh skills gained at GCSE level.
Welsh AS will also be of great benefit to those students wishing to pursue a career in the Public Sector in Wales.

Entry requirements

GCSE  -  C grade +.

How you will be assessed

CA1 – 30 min Oral examination in pairs/groups
CA2 – written coursework (to completed by March 2012)
CA3 – 2 hour written examination.

Progression routes

Careers in the following:
Welsh Assembly Government
Police Force
Fire Service
Public Sector..