Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate: GCSE

Key Stage 4 Welsh Baccalaureate Co-ordinator: Mrs J Laity.
Teachers: SG, AMa, MCa, LMo, RDJ, BC, GPe, SMa, RSe, ABa, PGw, JAJ, JW, CB, FS, HJ, JCr, RBa, RB, MF, GJ.

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 transferable employability skills. The programme will require the completion of a Skills Challenge Certificate along with supporting qualifications such as GCSEs at Key Stage 4. 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
  • Enterprise and Employability Challenge
  • Global Citizenship Challenge
  • Community Challenge

Each component of the Skills Challenge will incorporate a selection of skills which learners need for learning, work and life. These skills are outlined below:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Personal Effectiveness
Skills Challenge Certificate components Weighting Assessed Skills Internal Assessment External Moderation
Individual Project 50% Planning and Organisation, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Digital Literacy Yes Yes
Enterprise and Employability Challenge 20% Creativity and Innovation, Personal Effectiveness and Digital Literacy Yes Yes
Global Citizenship Challenge 15% Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Creativity and Innovation Yes Yes
Community Challenge 15% Planning and Organisation and Personal Effectiveness Yes Yes

The Supporting Qualifications include a mandatory GCSE of English Language together with Mathematics and Numeracy. A minimum of a further three GCSEs are also required, of which two may be of equivalent qualifications.

The award will offer two levels of achievement either at the higher National level or the lower Foundation level.

To achieve the National Welsh Baccalaureate learners must achieve the National Skills Challenge Certificate together with the following Supporting Qualifications:

  • GCSE English Language at grade A* – C
  • GCSE Numeracy at grade A* – C
  • A minimum of three further GCSEs grade A*- C, of which two may be equivalent qualifications.

To achieve the Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate learners must achieve either the National or Foundation Skills Challenge Certificate together with the following Supporting Qualifications:

  • GCSE English Language at grade A* – G
  • GCSE Numeracy at grade A* – G
  • A minimum of three further GCSEs grade A*- G, of which two may be equivalent qualifications.

The following diagram illustrates the routes towards achievement of the Welsh Baccalaureate at Key Stage 4.

Welsh Baccalaureate GCSE Routes to achievement diagram

Welsh Baccalaureate GCSE Routes to achievement diagram

Further information can be found on the WJEC website: Welsh Bacc From 2015.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Sixth Form

Key Stage 5 Welsh Baccalaureate Co-ordinator: Miss P Menhenitt.
Teachers: KH, FS, OS, PGw, SMGo, BC, RDJ, TDa, JCr, RL, KW, PDa, Gmo, PG, JL.

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate is intended to allow students to build upon the essential and employability skills they have developed in Key Stage 4. Like the National Diploma it is based on three Skills Challenge Certificates and an Individual Project, alongside supporting qualifications. The requirements of these must be met in order to achieve the overarching Welsh Baccalaureate. The Skills Challenge Certificate consists of three components which are followed by all learners:

  • Enterprise and Employability Challenge (20%)
  • Global Citizenship Challenge (15%)
  • Community Challenge (15%)

In addition all learners must complete an Individual Project (50%) of 3000-5000 words in which they research a topic related to their future career of course of study. In this aspect of the qualification learners develop research and analysis skills which help to prepare them effectively for higher education.

To achieve the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate learners must achieve the Skills Challenge Certificate at Advanced level together with supporting qualifications which must be achieved either during the course or
previously:

  • GCSE English Language or GCSE Welsh Language at grade A* – C
  • (alternatively legacy GCSE English Language and GCSE Welsh Language at grade A* – C are accepted until 2017)
  • GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy at grade A* – C (alternatively legacy GCSE Mathematics at grade A* – C is accepted until 2017)

One of the following supporting qualifications options must be achieved during the
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate programme:

  • Two A levels at grade A*- E;
  • One A level at grade A* – E and a Pass in one level 3 vocational qualification of at least 300 GLH;
  • Pass grade in one or two level 3 vocational qualifications which total at least 600 GLH

The Welsh Baccalaureate aims to enable learners to develop and demonstrate an understanding of and proficiency in essential and employability skills. These are the skills that employers and next-stage educators value and which learners need for learning, work and life. The seven essential and employability skills are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Personal Effectiveness

All three challenges and the project are assessed internally and learners’ work is then moderated by WJEC.

Component Overview Skills Weighting
Enterprise and Employability Challenge Destination Passport:
In this aspect of the challenge students complete a skills audit and work in enterprise teams to research and devise a product which they present in a Dragons’ Den scenario.
Destination Plan:
Students plan their future by contacting employers, researching jobs and careers, creating a CV and writing letters of application/ a personal statement and learning important financial management skills.
Creativity and Innovation, Personal Effectiveness, Numeracy and Digital Literacy 20%
Global Citizenship Students explore a number of global issues such as population, health, food ethics and transport through which they develop skills such as critical thinking, analysis, debating and literacy. Critical Thinking, Literacy, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Creativity and Innovation 15%
Community Challenge Students conduct an individual skills audit and plan a community activity which involves a minimum of 30 hours’ volunteering.  Following this students write a personal reflection and evaluate their contribution. Planning and Organisation,
Personal Effectiveness
15%
Individual Project In this research-based piece of work (3000-5000 words) students set aims and objectives and write a rationale for their research methods. Secondary and primary research is conducted following which analysis of data, and synthesising information are the key skills developed. Students present their findings using digital literacy and numeracy. Literacy, Numeracy, Digital Literacy, Planning and Organisation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 50%

The Welsh Baccalaureate will:

  • enable learners to consolidate and formalise learning of skills
  • provide a theoretical underpinning of knowledge and techniques related to skills
  • encourage reflection, analysis and articulation of the learner’s own proficiency in the skills
  • engage learners in exploring, developing, practising and applying the skills
  • increase confidence and effectiveness in the use and application of the skills in a range of meaningful and ‘real-life’ contexts and purposes

Learners have two lessons of Welsh Baccalaureate in both Years 12 and 13 and some work is also completed in the PSE lesson.  There is a full programme of Welsh Baccalaureate activities after the AS examination in June/ July and all students are expected to return to school in mid-June to complete their project and controlled assessment.  Full attendance is required.

Further information can be obtained from the WJEC website.

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