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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 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.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification – Producing Better Recruits

The Welsh Baccalaureate develops applied skills and gives students valuable experience in business and industry situations. Welsh Baccalaureate students get experience of the real world. They get involved in teamwork, go on placements and have to use their own initiative – just as a prospective employee should.

A Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is proof that a student has developed important skills. ESWKey Skills* are the skills needed in the world of work: they are Communication, ICT, Application of Number, Working With Others, Problem Solving and Improving Own Learning and Performance.

To achieve the qualification, the student must complete a Core Programme of personal development studies which includes the skills mentioned above, along with:

• Work experience – spending time in a work situation

• Team enterprise – where they experience what it means to run a ‘business’

• Community work – spending time helping the community

• An individual investigation – a research project of their choice

• Wales, Europe and the World – putting Wales in context

• Personal skills – such as planning and time-management

This is in addition to their choices from established academic or vocational qualifications. As such, the Welsh Baccalaureate adds to the value of established qualifications, but does not replace them.

If you employ young people, you are going to see distinct benefits from the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. The qualification combines personal development with academic and/or vocational qualifications to make one wider award that develops work-based competencies and inspires confidence. It encourages critical thinking and delivers key skills such as teamwork, problem solving, ICT, communication, numeracy, and use of English/Welsh in business situations.

Welsh Baccalaureate students get experience of the real world, and learn how to apply skills in practical situations. They go on placements, and have to use their own initiative, just as an employee should.

So please look out for the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification on CVs, and respond positively if schools or colleges in your area contact you to ask for work experience placements. Together we can produce better recruits.

“The Welsh Baccalaureate at last seems to offer the right mix that employers have been waiting for – ‘ready made employees’ with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude to make an immediate difference on entering the workplace.”

Roger Evans, Plant Director, INA Bearings, Schaeffler UK

Year 10

Learning programme

Activity days

Term 1

Wales Europe and the World -Democracy,Politics, PSE

ECO day, Healthy Eating, Police, School Nurse, Visit to the National Assembly.

Term 2

Wales Europe and the World – Social Issues,PSE..

Language Module Week. Community Activity day. 

Term 3

Wales Europe and the World. PSE. Individual Investigation

Work Experience Week.Individual Investigation. Community Activity Day.  

Year 11



Term 1

Wales Europe and the world – Economic matters and technological. PSE.

(to be arranged)

Term 2

Wales Europe and the World  – Culture. Language Module. PSE.


Term 3