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Welsh as a Subject

Studying Welsh as a Subject 

Are you interested in studying Welsh – as an A Level subject or at university? Coleg Cymraeg offers advice, produces resources and organises events about Welsh as a subject.  

Welsh A Level 

Why choose Welsh as an A Level subject? Here are some reasons:

  • Strong bilingual skills 

  • An opportunity to be creative by exploring modern poetry, books, plays and films

  • Learn about the history and culture of Wales and the Welsh language 

  • Opens doors in terms of your career 

  • Develop your speaking, writing and analysis skills

  • Good balance between coursework and exams

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Why study Welsh A Level?

Here's what our former students have to say about studying A Level Welsh:

Miriam Isaac
Actress, presenter and singer

“I enjoyed the course so much, from the legends and the stories to the poetry. I was surprised by how creative it all was.”

Amber Thomas
Former Second Language Welsh A Level student at Coleg Sir Gâr

“By studying Welsh, you can enjoy a new culture including literature, poetry and music through the medium of Welsh.”

Trystan ap Owen
Actor and presenter

“Welsh A Level can help you on your career path, no matter which path you will follow in the end!"

All about Welsh A Level - new videos:

Want to learn more about studing Welsh A Level?

Garmon ab Ion meets two who are busy making a name for themselves in the world of radio broadcasting; Radio Cymru's Mirain Iwerydd Radio Cymru and Radio 1's Sian Eleri, and two familiar faces of Welsh sport; the international rugby player Rhys Patchell and Sioned Dafydd, S4C sports reporter, all benefited from studying Welsh A Level.

Watch the videos to learn more about using Welsh in life and work and how studying Welsh A Level - and a degree in Welsh in the context of Mirain and Sioned - interwines with learning about our history and identity.

What resources are available to help with the Welsh A Level course?

Studying Welsh at University

You can study Welsh at four universities in Wales:

There are so many different single and combined degree schemes available – first language and second language – which include a variety of different modules to suit everyone.  

What's it like studying Welsh at university?

Students from Bangor, Aberystwyth, Swansea and Cardiff share their experiences in the following webinar:

Here's what some students and former students have to say about studying Welsh at university:

Kayley Sydenham
Welsh, Bangor University

“It’s not just literature or grammar; there’s a lot more to Welsh than that.” 

Emily Evans
BA Welsh, Swansea University

“One of my favourite things about studying Welsh at university is how close the Welsh community is, which helps you to make friends for life who share the same interests and enthusiasm as you.”  

Aled Pritchard
BA Welsh and Journalism, Bangor University

“The best thing about studying Welsh in my opinion was being able to learn about Wales. Not only the history of Wales, but the history of the language as well. The course was exciting, interesting and there was quite a lot of freedom regarding the subjects or themes that you could choose from.”

What resources are available to help with studying Welsh at university?

Information for teachers 

Are you a Welsh teacher?  

You can download all resources related to the Welsh Government and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's latest campaign - Choose Lefel A Cymraeg - here.

The resources includes visual content, videos, posters, social media assets and a teachers toolkit.

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