From 2015 new specifications have been applied to the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification.

DSC_4775Sitting at the heart of the Welsh qualifications system, the new and improved Welsh Baccalaureate seeks to inspire learners and challenge them to fulfill their potential.

It has been designed to help 14 to 19-year-olds to develop the skills required for higher education, employment and life.

It is a flexible, inclusive qualification that underpins learners’ choices of GCSE, AS, and A level and vocational qualifications.

Key Stage 4

The revised and more rigorous Welsh Baccalaureate, introduced for 2015, is based on a Skills Challenge Certificate (which is graded) and supporting qualifications which include Maths and English.

The primary aim is to enable learners to develop and demonstrate an understanding of and gain proficiency in, essential and employability skills, communication, numeracy, digital literacy, planning and organisation, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving and personal effectiveness.

The emphasis is on applied and purposeful learning and to provide opportunities for assessment in a range of real life contexts through three challenges and an Individual Project. The challenges include:

  • Global Citizenship, for learners to understand and respond appropriately to a global issue.
  • Enterprise and Employability for learners to develop enterprising skills and attributes and enhance employability.
  • Community project, for learners to identify, develop and participate in opportunities that will benefit the community.
  • The individual project is an independent, research-based assignment on a subject selected individually by the student. Learners must demonstrate the knowledge and skills to produce a written investigation or an artefact/product which will be supported by written research.

Post 16

At Post 16, students study the Advanced level Welsh Baccalaureate.

It is based on the same model as the Foundation and National level whereby students pursue a Skills Challenge Certificate which involves an individual Project, an Enterprise and Employability Challenge for learners to develop enterprising skills and attributes and enhance employability.

It also include a Global Citizenship Challenge for learners to understand and respond appropriately to a global issue and a Community Challenge for learners to identify, develop and participate in opportunities that will benefit the community.

Students must also gain supporting qualifications to include A levels/AS qualifications; vocational qualifications (see www.wjec.co.uk for specific requirements for each level).

For More Information:

http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/welsh-baccalaureate/welsh-bacc-from-2015/ks4-national-foundation/