Key Stage 4 Welsh Baccalaureate Co-ordinator: Mrs J Laity.
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:
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:
|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:
To achieve the Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate learners must achieve either the National or Foundation Skills Challenge Certificate together with the following Supporting Qualifications:
The following diagram illustrates the routes towards achievement of the Welsh Baccalaureate at Key Stage 4.
Further information can be found on the WJEC website: Welsh Bacc From 2015.
Key Stage 5 Welsh Baccalaureate Co-ordinator: Miss P Menhenitt.
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:
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
One of the following supporting qualifications options must be achieved during the
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate programme:
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:
All three challenges and the project are assessed internally and learners’ work is then moderated by WJEC.
|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.
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,
|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:
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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