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 Baccalaureate gives broader experiences than traditional learning programmes.
The core of the Welsh Baccalaureate counts for 120 UCAS tariff points, equivalent to an A Grade at GCE A level.
It can be studied in English or Welsh, or a combination of the two languages.
The Welsh Baccalaureate aims to achieve a broader, more balanced curriculum for 14-19 year olds, helping students to develop knowledge and skills that higher education institutions and employers want them to have when they leave school.
The emphasis is on learning through doing, and the same value is placed on vocational as academic qualifications.
The Welsh Government have accepted the recommendations of the Review of Qualifications for 14-19 year olds in Wales report published last November. This proposes building on and strengthening the Welsh Baccalaureate to provide an overarching framework for qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds. The Welsh Baccalaureate should reflect and support a curriculum that provides a broad and balanced general education at 14 to 16, and coherent programmes of learning at 16 to 19. WJEC is currently working with and supporting the Welsh Government with the new developments. A steering group and a number of working groups are planning the new look Welsh Bacclaureate which will be introduced from September 2015. WJEC will provide support and training for centres well in advance of the start date for the new developments.
One of review's recommendations will be implemented from September 2013. This is the decision to grade the WBQ Core at the Advanced level. The new grading system will be relevant for candidates beginning their Advanced level WBQ courses in September 2013 and the first grading will therefore be in 2015. More information about grading.
For more information, please contact:
Caroline Morgan - Development Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5319
Ross Thomas - Development Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5320
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