The 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.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ) comprises of the Skills Challenge Certificate (this is delivered in WBQ lessons), GCSEs and supporting 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.


National/Foundation KS4 – Skills Challenge Certificate

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

Skills Challenge Certificate components

Weighting

Assessed Skills

Internal Assessment

External Moderation

Individual Project

50%

  • Planning and Organisation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Digital Literacy
  • Numeracy

Enterprise and Employability Challenge

20%

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Digital Literacy

Global Citizenship Challenge

15%

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation

Community Challenge

15%

  • Planning and Organisation
  • Personal Effectiveness

In Penglais, learners complete the Enterprise, Global and Community Challenges in Year 10, before going on to the Individual Project in Year 11.

 

Awarding of the Skills Challenge Certificate and WBQ

The National/Foundation KS4 Skills Challenge Certificate is equivalent to one GCSE. The qualification can be awarded a Foundation or National grade.

The National Skills Challenge Certificate is graded A* - C. For a National award, the learner must achieve all of the components, the Individual Project and the three Challenges, with a minimum of 80% at level 2 and the further 20% at level 1.

The Foundation Skills Challenge Certificate is graded Foundation Pass or Foundation Pass*. For a Foundation award, the learner must achieve all of the components, the Individual Project and the three Challenges, with a minimum of all at level 1.

Grades issued for the KS4 Welsh Baccalaureate qualification are P2 (National level pass), P1 (Foundation level pass) and F (fail).