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QAA publishes Subject Benchmark Statement for Welsh

Date: December 5 - 2019

Coinciding with the first Welsh Language Rights Day, QAA has published its new Subject Benchmark Statement for Welsh.

The new Statement defines the academic standards that can be expected of a graduate in Welsh - what they might know, do and understand at the end of their studies - and describes the nature of the subject.

Welsh is a broad and varied academic subject, encompassing the language and its literature from its historical beginnings to the present day, methods of using and promoting the language in a modern context, as well as ensuring that it continues to prosper in the future.

The contribution made by the subject is central in realising the aspiration of creating a bilingual Wales. Recent data here is encouraging: according to the Annual Population Survey, nearly 30% of people in Wales (891,000 people) aged three and over were able to speak Welsh. The figure has been gradually increasing each year since March 2010 (25.2%, 731,000), after they had been gradually declining from 2001 to 2007.

QAA’s latest Subject Benchmark Statement is the fourth edition, following original publication in 2002 and revisions in 2007 and 2015. There have been no revisions to the subject specific content of the Statement, but it has been revised to account for changes to the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (2018), as well as other minor changes within the sector.

The Statement is published on our website in English and Welsh, and available via the Subject Benchmark Search.

QAA also recently published updated guidance for higher education providers on effective practice in examining and assessing in Welsh. The document is published in both English and Welsh on the Our Work in Wales page of the QAA website.