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Croeso I Adran y Gymraeg


Welsh is a growing, dynamic language, which is increasingly required by employers. Under the Welsh Language Act, local authorities have to provide services through the medium of Welsh. This increased demand for bilingualism has opened up exciting careers in many fields, including commerce, tourism, journalism and the media.

We have a proud history of excellent pupil progress and students consistency demonstrate a positive enthusiasm for the subject. In 2014 and 2015 98% of our students achieved A*-C at GCSE Welsh.

Our departmental aims are: -

  • To make pupils aware of the extensive use of the Welsh language outside the classroom.
  • To stimulate and foster an interest in the enjoyment of Welsh.
  • To develop confidence in the use of Welsh in the three skill areas – reading, writing and oracy.
  • To provide pupils with a rich (bilingual) experience in preparation for modern society.


Key Stage 3

Welsh is taught in years 7, 8 and 9, following National Curriculum guidelines. Pupils are encouraged to communicate in Welsh. Pupils have the opportunity to attend the Urdd residential centre at Llangrannog. Urdd Gobaith Cymru’s aim is to provide the opportunity, through the medium of Welsh, for the young people in Wales to become fully rounded individuals, developing personal and social skills that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the community.

Bryntirion’s school Eisteddfod is a unique and inclusive experience giving all pupils the opportunity to participate in the many on and off stage competitions offered.

The Cymanfa Ganu is a unique opportunity to work with our feeder primary schools and is a highly successful event attended by both parents and pupils.

Drop down menu to topics in year, 7, 8 & 9

Year 7:

Term 1 - myself, pets & transition activities

Term 2 - school & daily routines

Term 3 - interests and hobbies

Year 8:

Term 1 – Leisure time & sport

Term 2 – The home & area

Term 3 – Food 7 healthy eating

Year 9:

Term 1 – holidays & music

Term 2 – Television, cinema & the media

Term 3 – shopping, fashion & image


Pupils are assessed regularly throughout the year. Formal assessments are held at the end of each half term.

Key Stage 4 Compulsory P.E Programme

The aim of the GCSE course is to enable pupils to communicate effectively through the medium of Welsh. At key stage 4 pupils have the opportunity to study full course or short course Welsh.

The department is proud of the pupil achievement at KS4 and at GCSE, 98% of pupils achieving A*- C in 2015 with 70% of short course pupils achieving the same grade. This is achieved by giving the pupils first-hand experience of the language by visiting the Urdd residential centres at Glan-Llyn and to participate in many varied activities which the Urdd provides.

Pupils have the ability to embrace Welsh culture, develop confidence in the three skill areas – reading, writing and oracy. At full course Welsh there are two examinations (25% each) and three controlled assessments worth (50%)

At short course Welsh, there is one written examination (50%) and three controlled assessments (50%)

Key Stage 5

There is no doubt that the ability to speak Welsh is an increasingly sought after asset. As a department, we will provide both an educational and an enjoyable experience and have a 100% pass rate at AS and A2.

Pupils follow a recognised academic subject and have many opportunities for personal development. AS pupils are encouraged to play a leading role in the school Eisteddfod and the A level is enriched by opportunities to attend residential courses to Llangrannog & Glan-Llyn. Pupils will also develop their understanding of culture, the arts and media in Wales by attending various theatre productions.

The Welsh specification encourages candidates to develop a broad range of skills and understanding which can lead to further learning or employment. At AS level, there is an oral examination, one coursework unit and one written examination.

At A level, there is an oral exam and 2 written examination papers.