Welsh GCSE

A Subject for Life

Research shows that employees with bilingual skills are more likely to earn a salary 8-10% higher than those without. All public sectors in Wales are now legally bound to provide services both in Welsh and English. Many jobs advertise Welsh as desirable or essential. This makes speaking Welsh a very attractive asset to a prospective employer. Having Welsh speaking staff is good for creating a company’s public image. The GCSE in Welsh Second Language encourages learners to study Welsh with interest, enjoyment and enthusiasm, whilst enabling them to use Welsh outside of the classroom and in their day-to-day lives.

The course is taught using a variety of teaching methods and resources that will encourage learners to;
• communicate correctly and fluently both orally and in writing within a wide range of situations and contexts
• develop their confidence when communicating effectively in Welsh
• develop essential skills while undertaking practical tasks which fulfil the needs of candidates, employers and further education
• play an appropriate role in a bilingual society at the beginning of the twenty-first century

In addition, the qualification will encourage candidates to make a connection between various aspects of the subject and provide a suitable foundation which will enable candidates to pursue further studies of the language in future.

Entry Requirements

Although there is no specific requirement for prior learning, these specifications build upon the Study Programmes for Welsh Second Language in Key Stage 1-3. These specifications are mainly geared towards candidates who have attained most of the Level 3 National Curriculum achievement targets for Key Stage 3. You can combine Welsh with any subjects.

Course Content

The specification we follow is the WJEC Syllabus.

The context for learning the language is organised under three broad themes:

  • Employment
  • Wales and the world
  • Youth


GCSE Welsh Second Language:
Unit 1: Speaking examination. Oracy response to visual material. 25% of qualification
Unit 2: Speaking examination. Communicating with others. 25% of qualification
Unit 3: Reading & writing examination. (1 hour and 30 minutes). 25% of qualification
Unit 4: Reading & writing examination. (1 hour and 30 minutes). 25% of qualification

Where does it lead?

Laws in Wales mean that public services must treat Welsh and English on an equal basis. This has resulted in a rise in demand for people who can communicate well in both languages. Pupils with a Welsh GCSE are looked upon favourably by sixth form centres and colleges. Being able to use Welsh could really make your CV stand out when applying for a job. This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of Welsh Second Language at A-level by developing the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

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