The course in KS3 develops pupils’ oral, reading and writing skills. The National Curriculum leads the skills that are developed and pupils follow the themes: School, Cardiff and Vale, Animals, Conflict, Leisure & Homelessness. Emphasis is placed on linguistic and grammatical accuracy by following grammar courses, and pupils' understanding of grammar is assessed by means of grammar tests every half term.

Pupils are trained to write in a variety of literary and non-literary forms such as story, diary, monologue, email, script, letter, report, speech, review, article, portrait, and essay.

Pupils' personal response to different literary and non-literary reading texts are developed by nurturing their approach to // their management of/ handling of the Literacy Framework reading skills. Year 7 and 8 year pupils read quietly at the beginning of their lessons.

Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their advanced oral skills through a range of tasks - both individually and in groups - taking into account the situation and audience.

All pupils in years 10 and 11 are taught Welsh and the ability to express themselves through the language is key to their success in all subjects in their time at school. Almost all pupils will follow the GCSE course in Welsh first language, with the majority also studying for the GCSE Welsh Literature qualification.

We aim to develop interest and enthusiasm for the Welsh language, ensure pupils attain the information, understanding and skills that are needed to take their place in a bilingual society, develop effective use of language to ensure pupils are able to use the language to express themselves and communicate effectively, develop the skill of communicating orally to help pupils build their confidence in using the language, develop the skill of writing, fostering awareness of the different contexts in which language is used and the ability to select the appropriate language for each context and to promote reading for pleasure and enjoyment and get them to realize that by reading information is gathered, a personal philosophy is built, and they reach an understanding of society and the development of new vocabulary.

Welsh GCSE: Language
Unit 1 – Oral Exam - April - 30%
Unit 2 – Written Examination - Summer - 35% 
Unit 3 – Written Examination - Summer - 35%

Welsh GCSE: Literature
Unit 1 – Poetry Exam - 25%
Unit 2 – Novel - 25% 
Unit 3 – Oral Assessment - 25% 
Unit 4 – Written Tasks - 25%

Welsh Entry Pathways
The entry pathways course meets the needs of pupils that do not reach the standard of any GCSE grade. It is also suitable for pupils that have the potential to reach the lowest GCSE grades.
The course teaches students to develop their communication skills so that they are able to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to listen with understanding.

Outline of AS and A2 courses:
The film ‘Hedd Wyn’ and the drama ‘Siwan’ are studied in detail. Numerous grammatical exercises will be completed; 20th century poetry will be studied. Two pieces of coursework have to be submitted- creative writing and an opinion based essay.

The novel ‘Dan Gadarn Goncrit’, prose from the Middle Ages (Branwen ferch Llŷr) and poetry from the 6th century to the 14th century will be studied. There will be an opportunity to appreciate different pieces of prose and poetry to enhance information for the synoptic assessment. The students will be taught to write factual pieces for the purpose of specific audiences.

Assessment Structure:
AS Units 
Unit 1 – Oral Exam (Film and Drama) April - 15%
Unit 2 – Course work by April - 10%
Unit 3 – Summer Exam (Grammar and Poetry) - 15%

AS Units 
Unit 4 – Oral Exam (Novel and Sypnotic) April - 20%
Unit 5 – Summer Exam (6th to 14th Century Poetry, Middle Ages prose) - 20%
Unit 6 – Summer Exam (Literary Appreciation, Use of Language) - 20%