The Welsh Baccalaureate (WBQ) is delivered at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels in schools, colleges and training centres across Wales. The Welsh Baccalaureate Core at each level is studied alongside a range of appropriate academic and/or vocational optional qualifications. Candidates who meet the requirements of the Core and Options are awarded the full Diploma at the appropriate level. In addition, the Post 16 Level 1 Diploma and Post 16 Level 2 Diploma develop knowledge, understanding and skills with a particular focus on employability. These are currently only available as a pilot in some colleges or work based learning providers.
The Welsh Government has accepted the recommendations of the Review of Qualifications for 14-19 year olds in Wales report published in November 2012. This proposes building on and strengthening the Welsh Baccalaureate to provide an overarching framework for qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds. WJEC is currently working with and supporting the Welsh Government with the new developments. A steering group and a number of working groups are planning the new look Welsh Bacclaureate which will be introduced from September 2015. WJEC will provide support and training for centres well in advance of the start date.
If your centre wishes to deliver the WBQ or to expand delivery of the qualification e.g. into KS4 you will need to apply to do so. Please contact the WBQ Development Officer at WJEC to express an interest.
USEFUL ORGANISATIONS: This section contains links to many organisatons with an interest in the Welsh Bac, with details of the opportunities, actvities and resources they provide.
NEWSLETTERS: September 2013 - Update, Grading and the UCAS tariff, WBQ students meet PM, Welsh Assembly WEW event and resources, Cardiff Story Museum WBQ offer, Gwirfol Streetgames Grants and Roadshow, Save the Children - new idea for Community Participation, Vibe - challenging age discrimination, Planet magazine, Wales Co-operative Society - new resource for WBQ, Pobl Ifanc., Community Participation at Pentrehafod.
RESULTS: The 2013 award saw Welsh Bac results reach an all time high, as record numbers of candidates were awarded the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification.
CPD: Materials used at the recent Annual regional Welsh Baccalaureate conferences can be found in the relevant sections of this website. Feedback was provided on the Summer Award 2013. Materials on the graded Individual Investigation can be found in the guidance section. Information on the forthcoming CPD events relating to the Intermediate and Foundation levels at Llandudno (7th November), Swansea (12th November) and Cardiff (29th November) can be found here.
GRADING: Grading is being introduced for the WBQ Core at the Advanced level. The new grading system will be relevant for candidates beginning their Advanced level WBQ courses in September 2013. The first grading will therefore be in 2015. Information for students/parents can be found in this short frequently asked questions section.
A CPD event was held for teachers in February explaining the new grading arrangements. This handout provided information about the new grading and its possible implications for timetabling and delivery of the WBQ.
Key information about grading, including learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the revised Individual Investigation can be found in the WBQ Advanced Level specification (2013). Further guidance for students and teachers on the newly graded Individual Investigation is also available.
WHSI COMPETITION & INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION: This year, Welsh Baccalaureate candidates will have an opportunity to compete for an international prize. WJEC have just formed a partnership with the Welsh Schools' Heritage Initiative to enable Welsh students' Individual Investigations to be considered as part of the Initiative’s annual competition in 2014. The winners will then be eligible for the Eustory prize. This is funded by the Körber Foundation, Hamburg and involves young people from many countries in Europe meeting at a annual week-long summer school in Germany. Entry form 2014.