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.
More information about the latest developments can be found on the Qualification Wales website.
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.
GRADING 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. General information: students/parents. Information for teachers: timetabling and delivery, new graded specification requirements, introductory presentation, guidance for students. More here.
JOIN THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON 'THE WALES WE WANT': The campaign is supported by the Welsh Government and gives Welsh Bac learners an opportunity to contribute to the future shape of Wales. 'Tell us your vision for the future; what sort of Wales do you want to leave to the next generation - to your children and grandchildren?' To find out more visit the website.
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.
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: Welsh Bac news, opportunties and resources.
CPD: Materials used at the 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.