Principal Learning and Project Qualifications

The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is an established and well regarded qualification whose structure readily accomodates Principal Learning and Project qualifications.

What are Principal Learning Qualifications?

Principal Learning Qualifications are qualifications that have been developed in partnership with employers and universities. They will give learners an insight into what is involved in an occupational area without committing the learner to a career in that area.There will be opportunities to experience different styles of learning in different environments such as school, college and the workplace, with an emphasis on practical activities.The Principal Learning qualifications may be used together with, or instead of, other approved qualifications as part of the Options requirements within the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. They are available at levels 1 [Foundation], 2 [Intermediate] and 3 [Advanced] of the National Qualifications Framework. Learners taking Principal Learning qualifications must also take the Project qualification at the same level.

For the qualification specifications and other information, please visit the relevant Awarding Organisation's website.

What are the Project/Extended Project Qualifications?

The Project/Extended Project Qualifications are freestanding qualifications that will let the learner choose their own topic and develop skills in managing and presenting their learning. They are available at level 1 [Foundation], level 2 [Higher] and level 3 [Extended] and can be taken as part of, or separate from the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. If the Project/Extended Project is taken within the Welsh Baccalaureate, the learner will be provided with opportunities to draw upon and integrate their learning from all components of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. Also, the Project and Extended Project qualifications may be an alternative to the Individual Investigation requirement of the Welsh Baccalaureate, provided they also meet the requirements of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification.

Why take the Principal Learning and Project/Extended Project option?

The Principal Learning and Project/Extended Project option within the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification provides both the in-depth subject knowledge and practical skills that businesses and Higher Education Institutions want. It helps to ensure that the learner has the right skills to succeed in a fast-moving global economy.