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Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Welsh – Second Language

Welsh – Second Language

Castle on hilltop flying Welsh flag.

WJEC A-level Welsh

Welsh – Second Language A-level encourages learners to study the Welsh language with interest, enjoyment and enthusiasm.

ID: 1023

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As part of this course you will learn to communicate correctly and fluently both orally and in writing within a wide range of situations and contexts. You will also learn to write creatively and factually for a range of purposes alongside analysing familiar and unfamiliar texts independently.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Welsh grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

You will develop skills in listening and responding to the opinions of others when expressing a point of view and learn how to confidently express an independent opinion, based on knowledge and understanding of literary and factual texts.

By the end of this course you should be able to respond in Welsh with clarity, in a relevant, confident and structured manner. In summary, this course will equip you with the skills to play an appropriate role in a bilingual society at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Units to be studied to include:

  • Film and oracy – studying the film Patagonia
  • Non-examination assessment – completing three coursework tasks
  • The use of language and poetry
  • Drama and oracy
  • The Welsh language in society and translanguaging
  • The use of language and the short story

Learners also complete the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Written examination
  • Oral examination
  • Completion of a final major project

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Academic researcher, Interpreter, Political risk analyst, Secondary school teacher, Broadcast journalist, Detective, Diplomatic service officer, Education consultant, English as a foreign language teacher, International aid/development worker, Logistics and distribution manager, Marketing executive, Patent examiner, Private tutor, Publishing rights manager, Sales executive, Tour manager, Translator.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 24/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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