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What Is Welsh Baccalaureate?

September 2015 sees the introduction of the new Welsh Baccalaureate qualification for learners in both Year 10 and Year 12. The revised and more rigorous Welsh Baccalaureate is based on a Skills Challenge Certificate, which will be graded, and Supporting Qualifications. The primary aim is to enable learners to develop and demonstrate an understanding of and proficiency in essential and employability skills.

These seven skills are:

Communication

Numeracy

Digital Literacy

Planning and Organisation

Creativity and Innovation

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Personal Effectiveness.

The emphasis is on applied and purposeful learning and to provide opportunities for assessment in a range of real life context through three Challenge Briefs and an Individual Project.

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BACCALUREATE

Mrs H Padmore

(Head)

 

Mr J Whatley

(Team Leader)

 

Mrs G Taylor

Miss R Grant

Mrs H Owens

Mrs S Daly

Mrs A Pettit

 

At Key Stage 4:

At Key Stage 4 learners will follow the National Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. The central focus of the Welsh Baccalaureate at Key Stage 4 is to provide a vehicle for 14-16 year olds to consolidate and develop essential and employability skills.

The qualification will help learners to prepare for their future by developing skills, attributes and behaviours valued by post-16 educators and potential employers.

Through the Welsh Baccalaureate learners will raise their skills levels and confidence, enabling and empowering them to take their place as responsible and active citizens within a diverse society. Alongside and through the development of skills, the Welsh Baccalaureate provides learners with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of society, the community in which they live and an awareness of global issues, events and perspectives.

The Welsh Baccalaureate is based on a Skills Challenge Certificate alongside Supporting Qualifications. The requirements of both the Skills Challenge Certificate and Supporting Qualifications must be met in order to achieve the overarching Welsh Baccalaureate.

The Skills Challenge Certificate consists of four components which are followed by all learners:

 · Individual Project - The purpose of the Individual Project is to develop learners’ skills, through carrying out a research

activity in an area of personal interest or one that reflects future educational or career aspirations.

· Enterprise and Employability Challenge - The purpose of the Enterprise and Employability Challenge is to develop

learners’ skills, whilst providing opportunities for learners to develop enterprising skills and attributes and enhance

employability.

· Global Citizenship Challenge - The purpose of the Global Citizenship Challenge is to develop learners’ skills, whilst

providing opportunities to understand and respond appropriately to global issues.

· Community Challenge - The purpose of the Community Challenge is to develop learners’ skills, whilst encouraging

learners to identify, develop and participate in opportunities that will benefit the local community.

The combined outcomes of the four components will determine whether the Skills Challenge Certificate is awarded at

National or Foundation level.

The Supporting Qualifications include two mandatory GCSEs of English Language or Welsh Language together with Mathematics-Numeracy. A further three GCSEs are also required, of which two may be of equivalent qualifications.

To meet the National Welsh Baccalaureate requirements all five of the Supporting Qualifications must be achieved at grades A*-C. Similarly, for the Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate the Supporting Qualifications must be achieved at grades A*-G.

At Key Stage 5:

The Welsh Baccalaureate is widely accepted by higher education institutions. The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma attracts 120 UCAS (university entry) points, the same as an A grade in an A Level subject.

 

To gain a Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma candidates must achieve the core certificate and optional qualifications:-

 

Core Certificate at level 3

 

  • Three ESW/key skills at level 3, together with the other three ESW/key skills at level 2. At least one of the ESW                                                             qualifications, Communication, Application of Number or ICT must be included.

  • Completion of compulsory Candidate Diary.

  • Individual Investigation at level 3.

 

Options:

 

To pass the Advanced Diploma candidates must achieve one of the following:

 

A maximum of three qualifications at Level 3 which total 720 GLH or 108 credits or 100% of the Level 3 threshold or Principal Learning (Level 3) and Extended Project qualification Level 3.

Assessment:

The central focus of the Welsh Baccalaureate at Advanced level is to provide a vehicle for level 3 learners to consolidate and progress the development of essential and employability skills. Building on their achievements at level 2, the qualification will help learners develop more complex skills, attributes and behaviours. It will provide experiences which will enable learners to be better prepared for their future destination, whether university, further training or employment.

The emphasis in the Welsh Baccalaureate is on applied learning i.e. acquiring and applying a range of transferable skills. Learners will develop skills through engagement in purposeful tasks; applying knowledge and understanding in contexts appropriate for level 3 learners. The Welsh Baccalaureate will encourage the learner to value skills development as a key aspect of education and life-long learning. Offering a learning experience relevant to the needs and demands of the workplace will develop learners’ confidence, drive and initiative, preparing them to enter, succeed and progress in the world of work.

Through the Welsh Baccalaureate learners will raise their skills levels and confidence, enabling and empowering them to take their place as responsible and active citizens within a diverse society. Alongside and through the development of skills, the Welsh Baccalaureate provides learners with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of society, the community in which they live and an awareness of global issues, events and perspectives.

The Welsh Baccalaureate is based on a Skills Challenge Certificate alongside Supporting Qualifications. The requirements of both the Skills Challenge Certificate and Supporting Qualifications must be met in order to achieve the overarching Welsh Baccalaureate.

The Skills Challenge Certificate consists of four components which are followed by all learners:

· Individual Project - The purpose of the Individual Project is to develop learners’ skills, through carrying out a research activity with an emphasis on future educational or career aspirations.

· Enterprise and Employability Challenge - The purpose of the Enterprise and Employability Challenge is to develop learners’ skills, whilst providing opportunities for learners to develop enterprising skills and attributes and enhance employability.

· Global Citizenship Challenge - The purpose of the Global Citizenship Challenge is to develop learners’ skills, whilst providing opportunities to understand and respond appropriately to global issues

· Community Challenge - The purpose of the Community Challenge is to develop learners’ skills, whilst encouraging learners to identify, develop and participate in opportunities that will benefit a community.

The Supporting Qualifications include two mandatory GCSEs of English Language or Welsh Language together with Mathematics-Numeracy at grades A*-C. Learners require two A levels grade A*- E, or equivalent level 3 qualifications totalling at least 600 GLH.

 

Pupils in Years 11 and Years 13 in September 2015 will be completing the legacy Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification.

The structure of the Welsh Baccalaureate Core is the same at each level.

 

Candidate Diary

 

Candidates are required to keep a compulsory Candidate Diary of their activities and experiences covering the following core components:

 

·         Wales, Europe and the World, including the Language Module

·         Personal and Social Education, including Community Participation

·         Work-related Education, including Working with an Employer and the Enterprise Activity

 

Individual Investigation

 

The Individual Investigation provides an opportunity for candidates to investigate a topic or an issue of their own choice. It must at the Intermediate and Advanced Levels, involve consideration of a local/Wales perspective and at least one other country/region.

The candidate takes a high level of personal responsibility for the investigation which may be presented in a variety of ways. Through their completion of the Investigation candidates are encouraged to develop skills including autonomous learning, enquiry, creative thinking, information processing, reflection, and presentation.

 

ESW/Key Skills

 

Candidates must gain Essential Skills Wales (ESW) qualifications i.e. Communication, Application of Number and ICT and Key Skills qualifications i.e. Improving Own Learning and Performance, Working with Others and Problem Solving.

 

Year 13 will be undertaking a graded qualification. The grade that the learners achieve will depend on the combination of skills and the mark awarded for the Individual Investigation. 

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