Welsh Baccalaureate KS5 (COMPULSARY)

Subject:  Welsh Baccalaureate (COMPULSORY)

Exam Board: WJEC

Location: Bryn Celynnog


What does the course involve?


The central focus of the Welsh Baccalaureate at Key Stage 5 is to provide a vehicle for 16-18 year olds to prepare for their future by developing skills, attributes and behaviours valued by universities and potential employers. The emphasis in the Welsh Baccalaureate is on applied learning i.e. acquiring and applying a range of transferable skills.


Pupils complete an Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate which is equivalent to one A Level, is graded in the same way and is worth the same number of UCAS tariff points.  When the Skills Challenge Certificate is combined with supporting qualifications, the over-arching Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is achieved.


The Advanced Skills Certificate consists of four challenges. Each challenge is internally assessed and externally moderated. The challenges have the following weightings:

Individual Project 50%
Enterprise and Employability 20%
Global Citizenship 15%
Community 15%


What are the benefits of achieving the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification?


The Welsh Baccalaureate provides students with unique opportunities and experiences which will differentiate their university applications from those without such in-depth evidence of real life skills application.


The level and nature of work required is viewed by employers and universities alike as a significant achievement and a clear indication of potential for success in Higher Education and beyond.


Since the introduction of the new qualification in 2015, we have seen a number of pupils for whom the achievement of this qualification has been a deciding factor in gaining a place at their chosen university.