Introduction to the revised Welsh Baccalaureate
The Welsh Baccalaureate at the Advanced level has been substantially revised for learners beginning their courses in September 2015. The first full award will be in August 2017; the Advanced Welsh Bacc is a qualification that:
- is the same size as an A Level,
- will be graded in the same way as an A Level
- will be a Band 4 UCAS qualification
- will be allocated the same tariff points as an A level.
It forms part of the new Qualification Framework for Wales as outlined in 2014 by Huw Lewis, Welsh Government Minister for Education and Skills (see ‘Measuring what matters: changes to Key Stage 4 school performance measures related to qualifications’ 03/07/2014 and ‘Qualified for Life: delivering a national qualifications system for Wales in 2015’ 11/07/2014).
The Welsh Bacc is offered and assessed by WJEC exam board in both English and Welsh language www.welshbaccalaureate.org.uk/Welsh-Baccalaureate-Home-Page
The Welsh Bacc is offered in four models:
- KS4 National/Foundation
- Post-16 Foundation
- Post-16 National
The context for the new Welsh Bacc can be found on the relevant section of the Welsh Government’s website www.QualificationsWales.org The qualification outlines and specifications can be found at www.welshbaccalaureate.org.uk and on the WJEC website www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/welsh-baccalaureate/welsh-bacc-from-2015/
This Teaching and Learning Toolkit has been developed for the ADVANCED level Welsh Baccalaureate Global Citizenship Challenge. It has been produced for use in schools and colleges throughout Wales, by the Centre for Widening Participation and Social Inclusion at Aberystwyth University, with the help and input of Aberystwyth University, Department of International Politics and the Schools’ and Colleges Liaison Office, ERW (Education through Regional Working), and Dr Hywel Davies.
Qualifications Wales have set out a matrix of seven essential and employability skill areas which will be developed, applied and assessed through three Challenges and a Project.
|"The new revised and more rigorous Welsh Baccalaureate is based on a Skills Challenge Certificate and Supporting Qualifications. The primary aim is to promote essential skills for employment and to provide opportunities through three Challenges and an Individual Project." (WJEC, 2015)|
The skills areas to be developed and applied over the two years of Advanced level Welsh Bacc are:
• Digital Literacy
• Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
• Planning and Organisation
• Creativity and Innovation
• Personal Effectiveness
The challenges through which the seven skills will be assessed are:
• The Individual Project Challenge
• Global Citizenship Challenge
• Enterprise and Employability Challenge
• Community Challenge
Successful completion of these will comprise the skills challenge certificate.
Skills Challenge Certificate
Time Allocation: 360 guided learning hours, including 270 hours of teacher contact time
To be completed in either English or Welsh language.
Full details of the components of assessment of the skills can be found in the WJEC Specification for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate (from 2015). The Certificate is a “stand-alone” qualification but is designed to be supported by Level 3 qualifications.
Weighting and the skills assessed in each challenge can be found in the table below:
Enterprise & Employability Challenge
|Global Citizenship Challenge||15%||
The complete Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is made up of the Skills Challenge Certificate, two A* - C grade GCSEs ( English or Welsh, and Maths Numeracy), and supporting qualifications which (for the Advanced Level) are at least two A Levels or the equivalent vocational qualifications or a combination.