GCSE Welsh Baccalaureate
Exam board: WJEC
Exam code: 9009Q0
The central focus of the Welsh Baccalaureate at Key Stage 4 is to provide a vehicle for 14 -16 year olds to consolidate and develop essential transferable employability skills. The programme will require the completion of a Skills Challenge Certificate along with supporting qualifications such as GCSEs at Key Stage 4. The requirements of both the Skills Challenge Certificate and Supporting Qualifications must be met in order to achieve the overarching Welsh Baccalaureate.
The Skills Challenge Certificate consists of four components which are followed by all learners:
- Enterprise and Employability Challenge (20%)
- Global Citizenship Challenge (15%)
- Community Challenge (15%)
- Individual Project (50%)
Each component of the Skills Challenge will incorporate a selection of skills which learners need for learning, work and life. These skills are outlined below:
- Digital Literacy
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Planning and Organisation
- Creativity and Innovation
- Personal Effectiveness
The Supporting Qualifications include a mandatory GCSE of English Language together with Mathematics and Numeracy. A minimum of a further three GCSEs are also required, of which two may be of equivalent qualifications.
The award will offer two levels of achievement either at the higher National level or the lower Foundation level.
To achieve the National Welsh Baccalaureate learners must achieve the National Skills Challenge Certificate together with the following Supporting Qualifications:
- GCSE English Language at grade A* – C
- GCSE Numeracy at grade A* – C
- A minimum of three further GCSEs grade A*- C, of which two may be equivalent qualifications.
To achieve the Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate learners must achieve either the National or Foundation Skills Challenge Certificate together with the following Supporting Qualifications:
- GCSE English Language at grade A* – G
- GCSE Numeracy at grade A* – G
- A minimum of three further GCSEs grade A*- G, of which two may be equivalent qualifications.
The following diagram illustrates the routes towards achievement of the Welsh Baccalaureate at Key Stage 4.
GCSE Welsh Baccalaureate Routes to achievement diagram