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Key Stage 4 Compulsory Short Course

What will I study in this course?

In Welsh (short course) GCSE the following areas of study will be covered:

  • Personal and Social Life
  • The area and the Wider community
  • Charities and Part time work
  • Wales and Welsh Culture

The Welsh (short) course comprises of 1 exam unit Foundation tier ONLY (worth 50% of the final grade) and 3 controlled assessments (worth 50% of the final grade). Studying GCSE Welsh will give you the opportunity to develop your language skills which will enrich your experience of living in a bilingual country.

Key Stage 4 Full Course

“In Wales, being able to communicate in Welsh and English is a significant advantage for students looking for work. Over 582,000 people in Wales speak Welsh and research shows that employees with bilingual skills are more likely to earn a salary 8-10% higher than workers without bilingual skills. Having the ability to use Welsh in the workplace can give you an edge over your competitors.” (UCAS)

What will I study in this course?

In Welsh GCSE the following areas of study will be covered: Personal and Social Life; the Area and the Wider community; the World of Work; the Media and Technology; Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking; Wales and Welsh Culture.

The Welsh Full course comprises of 3 exam units (worth 75% of the final grade) and 3 controlled assessments (worth 25% of the final grade).

Studying GCSE Welsh will give you the opportunity to develop your language skills which will enrich your experience of living in a bilingual country. It will also help you to develop your skills of communication, problem solving, presentation, organisation, independence and working with others, all of which are highly valued in the work place. You will also have the opportunity to go on residential courses to Glanllyn.

Many large organisations in Wales have a Welsh Language policy /Welsh language skills development plans in place for their staff. ”Only 4% of our staff in 2010 have no Welsh skills as compared to 10% in 2006.” (North Wales Police) Having an additional language will give you the edge in the ever increasing competitive world of work, reason enough to choose Welsh as an option!