Welsh Baccalaureate National/Foundation Skills Challenge Certificate
Teaching: Sep 2015
This specification provides learners with an opportunity to achieve two qualifications. Depending on the level of the learner, they can achieve the National or Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate; and the National or Foundation Skills Challenge Certificate.
How do learners achieve a National/Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification?
To be awarded the National or Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate, or Welsh Bacc. for short, a learner needs to complete all elements of the wheel below.
How do learners achieve a National/Foundation Skills Challenge Certificate Qualification?
The Skills Challenge Certificate is a standalone qualification. It can still be achieved and awarded even without the other qualifications that make up the Welsh Bacc. The top element of the Welsh Bacc. wheel is the Skills Challenge Certificate which has been designed to provide a vehicle for 14-16 year old learners to consolidate and develop essential and employability skills. The qualification will help learners to prepare for their future by developing skills, attributes and behaviours valued by post-16 educators and potential employers.
The Skills Challenge Certificate at National/Foundation level is graded as follows:
National Skills Challenge Certificate – A* to C grade
Foundation Skills Challenge Certificate – Pass * or Pass
Overview of the National/Foundation Skills Challenge Certificate
The Skills Challenge Certificate consists of 4 components:
- Individual Project (50%)
- Enterprise and Employability Challenge (20%)
- Global Citizen Challenge (15%)
- Community Challenge (15%)
Across these 4 components, 7 essential and employability skills are assessed:
|Literacy||To demonstrate reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to communicate ideas effectively with others.|
|Numeracy||To collect, interpret and present numerical data or information from a range of sources using digital techniques.|
|Digital Literacy||To understand and use digital technologies effectively for different purposes.|
|Planning & Organising||To manage oneself, others, resources and circumstances to achieve a specific goal.|
|Critical Thinking & Problem Solving||To gather key information to identify different viewpoints and make decisions to solve problems.|
|Creativity & Innovation||To adapt personal skills and qualities so that set targets are achieved.|
|Personal Effectiveness||To adapt personal skills and qualities so that set targets are achieved.|
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Our Assessment Resources are sets of questions based on specific themes, topics or skills within the qualification. They are optional resources (their use is not mandatory) which have been created to assist teachers in assessing learners in summer 2021. We recommend that you use the Mapping Grid provided initially to help you find appropriate Assessment Resources. Our Mapping Grid has been designed for you to view, at a glance, the content and assessment objectives covered in each Assessment Resource, and then download the relevant Assessment Resource.<p>No Summer 2021 Assessment Resources found</p>
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Materials from previous courses can be found on the Secure website and/or under the Materials tab.
Materials from previous courses can be found on the Secure website.
Have a question about Welsh Baccalaureate National/Foundation Skills Challenge Certificate?
National/Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate Officer
Our subject team is happy to help you with all your queries related to the teaching and learning of our specifications. Our Subject Officers are all former teachers and are here to support you with delivering our qualifications. Get in touch with us via e-mail or telephone.
Welsh Baccalaureate Senior officer (Operational Queries)
029 2026 5014