Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

Welsh Baccalaureate

Mr A Thomas (Director of Studies)

Key Stage 5

Welsh Baccalaureate

Course Details

Qualification Level: Level 3 (A Level)
Awarding Body: WJEC
QAN Ref. No.: Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate: 601/4917/6

QAN Ref. No.: Welsh Baccalaureate (A Level): 601/4921/8

Course Content

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 seven essential and employability skills are:

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

Assessment Procedure

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

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

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.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for the Welsh Baccalaureate.


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.

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