Key Stage 4 Year 10

Welsh Second Language is a qualification that will develop candidates' interest in Welsh and enthusiasm for the language. The aim is to develop their confidence when communicating effectively in Welsh and develop essential skills while undertaking practical tasks which fulfil the needs of candidates, employers and further education and develop the skills of candidates to make practical use of the language in order to communicate effectively, usefully and appropriately in the bilingual society of the twenty first century.

Welsh is compulsory for all students at GCSE whether they choose to follow the subject as a ‘Full Course’ or ‘Short Course’ option. ‘Full Course’ students study five hours of Welsh over a fortnight whilst ‘Short Course’ students study two hours. All pupils will sit the Unit 1 reading and writing examination in May/June and the Unit 2 Controlled Assessment tasks also take place during Year 10 both of which are worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade.

Topics include: Sport, Stars of Wales, Wales, Pop music, Fashion and shopping and Cinema and the world of films.


Key Stage 4 Year 11

In Year 11, pupils following the ‘Full Course’ continue with their studies and will sit both the Unit 3 oral examination and the Unit 4 reading and writing examination, again, both of which are worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade.

Topics include: Leisure time, Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking, Keeping fit and healthy and Technology.




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