GCSE Revision

How to help

Want to help but don’t speak Welsh at all?  Don’t despair, there is plenty you can do!

Which GCSE?

Find out which Welsh GCSE your child is taking.

1. Is she taking Full Course GCSE or Short Course GCSE?
2. Is she taking Welsh second language GCSE or Welsh Second Language Applied GCSE?
Confused? Don’t be surprised if your child is too!


GCSE Units

The GCSEs are divided into 4 units:

  • if your child is taking Short Course GCSE she is only taking Units 1 and 2;
  • if your child is taking Full Course GCSE she is taking Units 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Schools can choose when to enter learners for the different units but many schools enter Full Course learners for Units 1 and 2 in Year 10 and Units 3 and 4 in Year 11.

The exam board for all Welsh second language exams is the WJEC.

Get them organised!

Being organised when you’re studying for lots of different subjects is essential. Here are a few ideas to help:

1. Make a list of all the subjects you have exams in and for each subject list what you need to do.

E.g. Welsh:

(i) Unit 3 Group Oral

  • Go over phrases I want to use
  • Revise vocabulary per topic
  • Practise talking about speech bubbles from past papers
  • Meet up with group and practise.

(ii) Unit 4 Paper

  • Revise topics
  • Revise ‘Perfect Paragraph’ content
  • Test myself using vocab cards
  • Time myself doing past papers.


2. Make a calendar from the beginning of the Easter holidays until the last exam. Write in the time of every exam paper for every subject. Then write in any fixed events like family gatherings or if you have a part-time job. Now write in the times of your work sessions for each day. You can do more sessions in the holidays and on weekends than on school days.

Now work backwards from each exam and write in when you will do work for that subject. Don’t be over ambitious, if you hate working after 8 o’clock at night don’t overload yourself at that time. If you’re more awake in the mornings give yourself the tougher work to do then.

There may be parts of your revision which need special attention so timetable those in too. For example, you will need to meet up with your Welsh Oral group to practise regularly.


3.  Share the calendar with the whole family.  Put a copy up in the kitchen so that everyone knows what you’re working on, what time you’ve got to start and what time you’ll be finished.  That way the whole family can help and get involved!  You never know, you may find yourself explaining Welsh soft mutations over tea one night!

Testing, testing!

You can be a huge help to your child by testing them regularly on Welsh vocabulary. Help your child to make sets of cards for key vocabulary with the Welsh on one side and the English meaning on the other. Arrange a time to test him on one set of cards.

Here are some ideas for sets of cards:

  • idioms
  • connectives
  • adjectives
  • verbs
  • question words
  • present tense
  • past tense
  • opinions
  • perfect paragraph content

Resources for GCSE Revision


For Welsh second language GCSE:


Collins GCSE Essentials – WJEC GCSE Welsh (2nd Language): Revision Guide
ISBN: 978-1-84419-688-3.
Price: £5.99

This Revision Guide is useful to GCSE students throughout their course. The book is divided into two halves, Units 1 & 2 and Units 3 & 4. The GCSE course is explained at the start and is followed by a section of useful Welsh words and phrases.

Each topic from the GCSE syllabus is covered in a double page, each ending with a Quick Test for revision. Answers to all tests are provided at the back of the book.

Revision skills are covered for each unit and exemplar papers are provided for Units 1 and 4 (the Reading and Writing papers).

For Welsh second language Applied GCSE:


‘Ar Waith’ by Non ap Emlyn and Glenys Hughes. Publisher: CAA.
ISBN: 9781845214753 (1845214757).
Price: £7.50

Ar Waith is a course book for the Applied Welsh second language GCSE. Each topic of the course is covered and there are numerous exercises which students can practise. At the back of the book is a section on Important Language which is very useful for revision.

Past Papers

Past Papers are essential for good GCSE preparation and revision. Your child will be able to see the type of questions which come up regularly and have a go at answering them. It is a good idea in the last couple of months before an exam to try to answer past paper questions in the correct time allowed as time management is an important skill in exam technique.

Past papers will be available through your child’s Welsh teacher or you can get them yourself from the WJEC.


The most useful dictionary at GCSE is The Welsh Leaner’s Dictionary (Y Lolfa £6.95) but you might also find the BBC Wales Online dictionary handy. If you would like a dictionary as an app try ap Geiriaduron which you can download for free.