The aim of the department is to engage and enthuse students whatever their ability, so that they enjoy learning and studying a language that is so very valuable in today’s jobs market.
Our mission is to offer a wide and varied curriculum which meets the needs of all our students.
At Key Stage 3 students study three hours of Welsh a fortnight and cover relevant and interesting topics such as school, hobbies, healthy eating and the community.
Students in year 9 who have an obvious flair or a particular interest in Welsh are also offered the opportunity of attending extra ‘Masterclasses’ with the Leader of Learning in order to ensure they are well prepared for GCSE at Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4 enjoys the traditional GCSE qualification and a new, vocational course which focuses on the world of work and use of Welsh in the workplace for those students who will be using their Welsh in a more practical way.
Outside of the classroom the Welsh department offer many extra-curricular activities such as an annual weekend trip to the Urdd Centre at Llangrannog.
Key Stage 4 students are also encouraged to begin making links with local universities such as Glamorgan, Cardiff and Swansea with workshops and open days, which gives them a real taste of what it’s like to study the language at Higher Education level. All trips encourage students to use and practise their Welsh language skills as well as supporting and celebrating Welsh Culture.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students study a range of engaging and relevant topics such as family and descriptions, sports, school, films, holidays, town and local area. Students cover a wide range of skills in lessons. These include team work, listening, reasoning, time management, problem solving, taking risks, questioning, decision making, communication and collaboration. Students are assessed over 3 main skills which are listening and responding (60%) and reading and writing (40%.) Strands of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework are incorporated into Key Stage 3 lessons.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage for students study either the Full Course or Short Course GCSE or a more vocational recognised NVQ Unit.
Topics studied at GCSE include holidays, sport, cinema, music, the media, social affair, healthy living and Welsh culture.
Click here to access resources:Exams and Revision Year 7&8 (3)
Units 1 and 4: 1 hour written exam (25% each unit)
Unit 2: Individual presentation and a group conversation, assessed internally. (25%)
Unit 3: Oral examination (25%)
Short course students study Unit 1 and 2 over 2 years and achieve half a GCSE whereas full course students study all 4 units over 2 years and achieve a full GCSE.
Students are assessed through portfolio based work which is completed in Welsh lessons throughout the course. The unit focuses on the world of work and use of Welsh in the workplace.
Link To Past Papers