GCSE Core Cymraeg - Teaching from 2025

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For more information on the Professional Learning courses for the new Made-for-Wales GCSEs, please visit the Professional Learning page here.

Teaching: Sep 2025
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The construct of GCSE Core Cymraeg is based on the Welsh Government subject specific considerations and statements of what matters for Languages, Literacy and Communication:

  • understanding the world around us
  • enjoyment of Cymraeg and seeing value for Cymraeg outside the classroom
  • using language associated with interests
  • developing the use of Cymraeg for socialising and the workplace
  • a wide variety of opportunities for learners to hear, see and read material which is rich and diverse in Cymraeg
  • develop linguistic skills in order to use Cymraeg in a confident manner.

The GCSE Core Cymraeg qualification will support the Curriculum for Wales by:

  • Supporting the statements of what matters by giving learners the opportunity to:
    • develop their understanding, empathy and ability to respond and mediate effectively
    • interact, explore ideas, express viewpoints knowledge and understanding and build relationships
    • experience and respond to a variety of diverse literature that gives them insight into the culture, people and history of Wales as well as the wider world
    • spark their imagination and creativity.
  • Supporting the principles of progression by giving learners the opportunity to:
  • build on their linguistic skills
    • grow holistically in their understanding and purposeful use of languages, literacy and communication
    • develop their linguistic repertoire through understanding how Cymraeg works
    • adapt and manipulate language to communicate effectively to a range of different audiences
    • develop receptive, interpretive and expressive language skills
    • transfer existing knowledge and skills into new contexts including the social and cultural aspects of language.
  • Supporting the key considerations for language development by giving learners the opportunity to:
  • develop phonological awareness and phonemic awareness
  • build on learners’ previous knowledge of language(s) to support Welsh learning
  • hear, view and read rich and varied Welsh
  • provide suitable and sufficient opportunities for learners to use their Welsh purposefully in an authentic context.
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Key Dates
Publication of Draft Specification
Publication of Approved Specification
Publication of Sample Assessment Materials