Welsh Language - AS

L3 Level 3
Full Time
3 September 2024 — 14 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

This AS Level is to be sat within a full-time A Level programme for students wishing to follow on from the GCSE Welsh Second Language qualification. 

What you will study

There are 3 Units to cover during the AS year.

Unit 1: Oral Examination

Section A will cover the topic of Discussing a Film

Section B will cover Personal Response

Unit 2: Non-examination Assessment

Involves writing 3 extended pieces, totalling 1500-2000 words on topics including:

  • A specific area of Wales
  • A social Issue
  • A cultural issue
  • A vocational issue
  • An historical subject
  • A political issue

The 3 pieces should be presented in 3 of the following formats:

  • A report/article
  • A portrait
  • A story
  • A conversation/interview
  • A letter
  • A blog
  • A diary

Unit 3: The Use of Language and Poetry

Section A: A composite question which includes different types of linguistic exercises

Section B: 3 questions based on the prescribed texts.

  • Iwan Rhys: Caerdydd
  • Grahame Davies: Lerpwl
  • Gwion Hallam: Dim ond serch
  • Myrddin ap Dafydd: Twyll
  • Tudur Dylan Jones: Newyddion

Teaching and assessment methods:

Unit 1: Oral Examination - 15% of the A Level

Unit 2: Non-examination Assessment - Coursework 10% of the A Level

Unit 3: The Use of Language and Poetry – Written Paper 15% of the A Level

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Entry requirements

Individual Subject Entry Requirements C in GCSE Welsh

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

3 September 2024

End date

14 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

4.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



WJEC Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Welsh Second Language


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Career prospects & further study

Progression onto the A2 year of Welsh as a Second Language. 

Beyond the A2 qualification, this is a suitable subject for any student wishing to study Wales or the Welsh Language at University, as well as a number of humanities and social science subjects including History, Geography, Politics and Media. This qualification will also support those seeking a place on a Welsh medium University Course.

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE