The Welsh Department forms a part of the Languages, Literacy and Communication Area of Learning and Experience which addresses fundamental aspects of human communication.

Welsh is one of the oldest languages in the world - right on your doorstep! Learn how to communicate with others from your home nation. Study valued and interesting topics whilst deepening your understanding of the local and regional history and culture. Wales may only be a small country, but it packs a punch on the world stage; In sport, tourism and global businesses.

As a department our vision is to ensure that our learners become confident communicators who take pride in being able to use their language both in the classroom and beyond. We aim to show the importance and value of becoming bilingual and to see that being able to offer Welsh as an additional language is a significant asset to have in today’s society.

Introduction to Department

Welsh is one of the oldest Celtic languages and is alive and kicking at Ysgol Bryn Elian. We are a vibrant Department, who make learning Welsh a fun and enjoyable experience.

Pupils at Ysgol Bryn Elian learn Welsh as a Second Language, we stress to our pupils on a daily basis how important being bilingual is in today’s world.

We aim to teach Welsh though a variety of teaching methods and deliver the four skills required in the subject – reading, writing, speaking and listening, though various teaching style.

The Welsh Department is also responsible for the School Eisteddfod with all Year 7-9 pupils competing in a fun packed day.

Staffing and Responsibilities

Mrs A Blake

Head of Department, Teacher of Welsh

Mrs H. Penk

Second in Charge, Teacher of Welsh

Mrs G. Jones

Teacher of Welsh

Miss E. Williams

Teacher of Welsh, Learning Manager

Miss L. Owen

Teacher of Welsh, Professional Enquiry Ambassador

Years 7-9

Welsh at Years 7, 8 and 9 builds a solid foundation of language skills, and develops pupils’ understanding of a wide variety of sentence structures and vocabulary. We aim to ensure that all learners develop the ability and confidence to communicate effectively orally; respond to a wide range of reading materials and produce clear and accurate writing for a variety of purposes and audiences.

During years 7, 8 and 9 a wealth of wide ranging topics are taught, using various teaching methods and resources. The department makes use of many online Welsh language resources such as HWB, as well as magazines like IAW.

Pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 participate in the school’s annual Eisteddfod and have the opportunity to compete in singing, dancing, and writing competitions through the medium of Welsh.

The department is also very active with the Urdd; there are annual trips to Glan-llyn, and numerous opportunities for teams to compete in the Urdd’s sporting competitions.


Studying the Welsh Second Language GCSE course will provide experiences for pupils that will allow them to reach their full potential in Welsh. The pupils will become aware of the use made of the Welsh language in contemporary Wales by fostering a positive attitude towards the language and the culture. Pupils’ skills will be developed in order to allow them to communicate effectively and purposefully in their everyday lives, and to compete on a level playing field in the world of work in the bilingual society of the 21st century.

This GCSE specification in Welsh second language will enable candidates to:

  • Understand and use the language for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • Develop language learning skills and strategies in order to enable candidates to communicate and interact confidently and spontaneously in relevant situations and specified context.
  • Develop language learning skills and strategies to enable candidates to develop their grasp of Welsh further.
  • Develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in an integrated manner, emphasising listening and speaking skills.
  • Use Welsh in further studies, in the workplace and in their communities.
  • Develop curiosity about the Welsh language.

Course Content

The qualification is made up of four units: Unit 1 and Unit 2 are non-examination speaking and listening assessments; Unit 3 and Unit 4 are reading and writing examinations. The course is suitable for teaching over two years within 120 guided learning hours.

The context for learning the language is organised under three broad themes:


Wales and the World


Years 12-13

The A/AS level course is an exciting and varied course with a good balance between coursework, assessments and an opportunity to learn about who we are as Welsh people. Studying A level Welsh develops skills needed in the workplace and keeps the door open to so many exciting and varied jobs and careers both in the public and private sector.

There are three units at AS level and three further units at A level covering a variety of reading, writing and oral assessments with a range of foci.

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