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Why Study Welsh?

Welsh is the oldest living language in Europe and one the original languages of the indigenous Britons (the Celts) along with Gaelic, Cornish and Breton. Since the Welsh Language Act of 1993 Welsh has seen a significant revival and all signs in Wales are in both English and Welsh. GCSE Welsh not only teaches you how to read and write this poetic language, it also teaches about the rich tapestry that is Welsh history as well as giving an insight in to the Welsh cultures of past and present. Welsh has equal legal status with English within Wales which has created many job oppurtunities to those who can speak the language as many companies are obliged to produce Welsh language services, or offer publications through the medium of Welsh. Furthermore all teenagers in Wales are obliged to study GCSE Welsh whether it is at half course of full course level.

With it's history, the advantages it can offer within the work place and the nostalgia it offers, GCSE Welsh is arguably a worthwhile avenue of study.

Course Format

WJEC Course (Only Welsh GCSE provider):

  • 30% coursework - both written and oral coursework.
  • 10% group oral - you must either study a video, a statement or a group of pictures and discuss it/them with your partner.
  • 10% listening exam
  • 50% reading & writing paper;

- 25% reading. - 25% writing. - consists of an interview, two essay questions, four writing passages, one reading comprehension and one reading comprehension on others' views about current topics.

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