What is the Language Skills Certificate?
The Certificate has been developed to allow students studying in Wales to gain a certificate that serves as evidence of their language skills and their ability to work through the medium of Welsh. Many employers have stated their support for the Certificate, including ITV Wales and the Welsh Government.
To gain the Certificate, applicants are required to make an oral presentation and sit a written test which includes three tasks. The written test will be held at universities across Wales on 8 May 2019, with the oral presentations taking place between December 2018 and the end of March 2019 on days determined by the universities’ Language Skills tutors. Registration for 2018/19 will open until 24 October 2018.
The Certificate is open to any student studying at a university in Wales. Applying for the Certificate is a requirement for any student that receives one of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s scholarships.
The Certificate was first awarded in 2013, and to date has been successfully completed by over 800 students. 224 students were awarded the certificate in 2018, with 63 of them gaining a distinction.
The Certificate is awarded on three levels:
A summary of the Certificate's Standards can be found here.