The Welsh Baccalaureate

Course Overview

The ‘new’ Welsh Baccalaureate qualification has been designed in response to the Review of Qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds in Wales (Welsh Government, 2012) and focuses on the development of essential and employability skills needed for learning, work and life which are valued by employers and higher education.

The Welsh Baccalaureate is available at three levels:

  • Level 1 Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Level 2 National Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Level 3 Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate

Updated October 2016

Course Delivery

The qualification will stretch learners and provide them with meaningful practical activities that will prepare them for their future. It is made up of four key elements:

  • Individual Project 50%
  • Enterprise and Employability Challenge 20%
  • Global Citizenship Challenge 15%
  • Community Challenge 15%

The aim of the Welsh Baccalaureate is 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 that learners need for progression and effective performance in learning, work and life.

The essential and employability skills are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Personal Effectiveness

The new Welsh Baccalaureate qualification will broaden horizons and is both innovative and exciting for learners. These enriching experiences will contribute to a broad and well–rounded education

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A Level and GCSE
Arts, Crafts and Photography
Business, Accountancy and Law
Computing and Technology
Electronic Engineering
Health and Childcare
Maths, Science and Social Sciences
Music, Media and Performance
Public Services
Sport and Fitness


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