Welsh Baccalaureate

Last modified 08/01/2013 16:29

What is the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification?

The Welsh Baccalaureate is an exciting qualification that adds a valuable new dimension to the subjects and courses already available to 14 – 19 year old students.

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 Assembly Government introduced the Welsh Baccalaureate to transform learning for young people in Wales. It gives broader experiences than traditional learning programmes, to suit the diverse needs of young people. It can be studied in English or Welsh, or a combination of the two languages.

What does it set out to achieve?

By adding personal development skills to vocational qualifications or academic study, the Welsh Baccalaureate helps young people achieve more. It makes them better equipped for the world of work, better informed and more active citizens.

It allows for more flexibility in their studies, whatever mix of courses they are following. Students become better prepared for further and higher education, as well as employment.

A Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is also proof that a student has developed the Key Skills* considered important by employers and universities. It also shows they have furthered their personal and social education, undertaken an individual investigation, gained work experience and actively participated in a community project.


* Key Skills

Key Skills are the six skills that are important in the world of work, in higher education and in all other aspects of life. These are Communication, ICT, Application of Number, Working With Others, Problem Solving, Improving Own Learning and Performance.