Level: AS and A LEVEL
Exam Board: WJEC
Location: Y Pant School
The course encourages pupils to:
- show interest, pleasure and enthusiasm as they study Welsh towards being able to communicate confidently, correctly and fluently both orally and in writing;
- write creatively and factually for a variety of purposes;
- read and analyse texts independently and confidently;
- listen and respond to the opinions of others and discuss, in Welsh, various viewpoints;
- clearly and in a well-structured way express independent opinions gleaned from a range of literary sources.
Requirements for entry to the Course
Normally a minimum of an A or B grade at GCSE Welsh Second Language.
Brief outline of the Course
AS – Three Units of Study
CA1 Film and Oracy 20%
Pupils will study the film Hedd Wyn about the First World War poet Ellis Evans who was killed prior to being awarded the chair in the National Eisteddfod. There will be an oral exam in which candidates are expected to discuss in groups of two or three and with the examiner their views on the film studied and topics which arise from the film.
CA2 Written Coursework 15%
Pupils will put together a portfolio of written work including at least four different styles of writing totalling between 2000 and 3000 words. The portfolio will be based on a specific area or on a a social, cultural, vocational, historical or a political aspect of life relating to Wales or Welshness.
CA3 Use of Language and Poetry 15%
Pupils will study language and a series of seven contemporary Welsh poems. There will be a two hour exam which will include three language based tasks testing the candidates’ knowledge of Welsh grammar and vocabulary, and three questions on one of the poems studied.
A Level – Three Units of Study
CA4 Drama and Oracy 15%
Pupils will study the play Siwan based on the historical events surrounding the hanging of the French Baron, William de Breos by Llywelyn the Great in the thirteenth century. There will be an oral exam in which candidates are expected to discuss in groups of two or three and with the examiner their views on the play and topics which arise from it
CA5 Short Story and Translanguaging 20%
Pupils will practise the art of formal letter writing and will study four Welsh short stories. There will be a one and three quarter hour exam which will include the candidates’ reading an English-language letter on a topic of contemporary interest and writing a letter in Welsh in response, and answering three question on one of the short stories studied.
CA6 Use of Language and Poetry Appreciation 15%
Pupils will study language and a series of Welsh poems. There will be a one and three quarter hour exam which will include three language based tasks testing the candidates’ knowledge of Welsh grammar and vocabulary, and three questions on an unseen poem.
Because the course fundamentally aims to propel pupils towards total fluency we believe that there is no other subject which has such broad appeal as an A Level qualification. A cursory glance at the Jobs Wales website reflects the desire all sectors have for Welsh language skills. These range from banking to retail and leisure to social services. It is well recognised that Primary Education in general is crying out for staff with Welsh as a qualification and it is no cliché that the media in Wales favour and pay more to those who can speak Welsh.
The Russell Group of Universities in their document ‘Informed Choices’ state clearly that an A Level qualification in a second language including Welsh as a Second Language is regarded by them as well by Oxbridge as one which provides evidence of academic excellence.
Staff to consult for further information
Mr. I. Mitchell