What is the Welsh Baccalaureate?
The Welsh Baccalaureate is a qualification for 14 to 19 year-old students in Wales. It combines personal development skills with existing qualifications like A levels, NVQs and GCSEs to make one wider award that is valued by employers and universities.
The Welsh Bacc (as it’s known!) consists of two qualifications.
1. The Skills Challenge Certificate
There are four components:
1. The Enterprise and Employability Challenge
2. The Global Citizenship Challenge
3. The Community Challenge
4. The individual Project
Students’ work for each component of the Skills Challenge Certificate is marked by teachers in schools and colleges, and after internal standardisation, a sample of work is moderated by WJEC. The Skills Challenge Certificate at Key Stage 4 is a standalone GCSE qualification. It can still be achieved and awarded even without the other qualifications that make up the Welsh Bacc. The Skills Challenge Certificate is graded as follows:
- Foundation level 1 –Pass* and Pass
- National level 2 –A* to C
2. The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification
To be awarded the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Level 2, learners must achieve the Skills Challenge Certificate at Level 2 and A*-C in Mathematics or Mathematics-Numeracy, English
Language and three other GCSEs A*-C. To be awarded the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Level 1, learners must achieve the Skills Challenge Certificate at Level 1 or 2 and D-G in Mathematics or Mathematics-Numeracy, English Language and three other GCSEs D-G.
The Welsh Baccalaureate aims to enable learners to develop and demonstrate an understanding of and proficiency in essential and employability skills. These are the skills that employers and next stage educators value and which learners need for learning, work and life.
The seven essential and employability skills are:
- Digital Literacy
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Planning and Organisation
- Creativity and Innovation
- Personal Effectiveness