Welsh Baccalaureate is a compulsory qualification across key stage 4 in Wales.
The central focus of the Welsh Baccalaureate is to provide a vehicle for 14-16 year olds to consolidate and develop essential and employability skills. The Welsh Baccalaureate qualification is based on a Skills Challenge Certificate alongside Supporting Qualifications.
The qualification comprises of 4 components, all of which are assessed on a pass, merit or distinction basis, through portfolio work. Details of each component will be given to you when you undertake each assignment. You will be taught through a variety of activities aimed to help you develop a range of transferable skills. The skills you will develop are:
● Digital Literacy
● Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
● Planning and Organisation
● Creativity and Innovation
● Personal Effectiveness
These will be assessed through the completion of four challenges. Each challenge will contribute to the Skills
● Individual Project – 50%
● Enterprise and Employability Challenge – 20%
● Global Citizenship Challenge – 15%
● Community Challenge – 15%
Welsh Baccalaureate in Sixth Form
The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate is a compulsory subject that has to be studied by all learners in colleges and sixth forms across Wales.The central focus of the Welsh Baccalaureate at Advanced level is to develop essential life and employability skills. Building on their achievements at level 2, the qualification will help learners develop more complex, transferable skills, attributes and behaviours. It will provide experiences which will enable learners to be better prepared for their future destination, whether that be university, further training or employment. The Welsh Baccalaureate will encourage the learner to value skills development as a key aspect of education and life-long learning. Offering a learning experience relevant to the needs and demands of the workplace will develop learners’ confidence, drive and initiative, preparing them to enter, succeed and progress in the world of work.
Through the Welsh Baccalaureate learners will raise their skills levels and confidence, enabling and empowering them to take their place as responsible and active citizens within a diverse society. Alongside and through the development of skills, the Welsh Baccalaureate provides learners with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of society, the community in which they live and an awareness of global issues, events and perspectives.
For more information please see the prospectus here.