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Welsh AS and A Level at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman

Course description

The Department offers First and Second Language courses and plays a large part in the social life of the school - in the School Eisteddfod, the Urdd Eisteddfodau, dramas and other activities.

What is the aim of the course?

To develop your communication skills, your ability to enjoy and appreciate Literature and creative writing.

Course content

You will be reading and discussing Welsh Literature and urged to express and defend your opinion in oral and written tasks. You will have the opportunity to write creatively and develop your linguistic skills. You are asked to write essays (literary and creative) at certain times during the two years. You will receive full guidance and the support of every teacher responsible for the course.

Welsh – Second Language:

Unit 1 – Oral Examination

  • Discussing Film

Unit 2 – Internal Assessment – Coursework

  • A selection of text types

Unit 3 – Written Exam (2 hours)

  • Using the Language
  • Poetry

Unit 4 – Final Oral Exam

  • Discussing a Play

(including a synoptic assessment)

Unit 5 – Written Exam (2 hours)

  • The Short Story
  • Practical Writing Task


Unit 6 – Final Written Exam (2 hours)

  • Using the Language
  • Poetry

(including a synoptic assessment)

Entry requirements

GCSE Point Scores

In advising students as to the most suitable choice of post-16 courses/programmes of study, we use a GCSE 'Point Score' as a benchmark.

The Score is made up from the best six GCSE grades achieved by the student using the following scale:-

A* - 8 points

A - 7 points

B - 6 points

C - 5 points

D - 4 points

E - 3 points

F - 2 points

G - 1 point

This process has been used successfully over a number of years and proved to be an accurate predictor of likely success through the various possible routes of study.

Yellow Route:

  • To study 4 A Level subjects over 2 years – 42 points (minimum) including Maths & English (following consultation)
  • To Study 3 A Level subjects over 2 years points – 30 points (minimum) including Maths & English

Green Route:

  • To study a green route a point score of 30 points from at least 4 separate subjects

N.B. Although, as stated above, these ‘scores’ are good predictors of likely success upon entry into the Sixth Form, each student is treated as an individual and the post GCSE Interview is a very important process. Parents are welcome to be present at these interviews.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Dyffryn Aman directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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