The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification

The Welsh Baccalaureate (WBQ) adds a valuable new dimension to subjects and courses available to students between the ages of 14 to 19. It encourages independence and adds ‘real life’ experience to the curriculum.

How the Welsh Baccalaureate benefits you

The WBQ combines experiences and projects that help students to develop as an individual, and equip our young adults for their next steps – for work, university and for life.

The WBQ qualification proves students have developed the Essential /Key Skills considered important by employers and universities. It also shows they have furthered their personal and social education, undertaken individual research, gained work experience and participated in a community project.

The components of the Core WBQ Programme are developed in timetabled WBQ lessons for all Y12 and 13 students:

• Essential Skills Wales/Wider Essential Skills – 6 additional qualifications. ESW: Communication, ICT, Application of Number. Wider ESW: Working with Others, Problem Solving and Improving Own Learning and Performance.

All students follow a skills pathway which will enable them to achieve Grade A. We also offer provide opportunities for students to complete 4 skills qualifications at Level 3 which would help them attain A*.

• Wales, Europe and the World – a chance to learn more about the relationship Wales has with Europe and the world and the role of organisations like the EU and the UN; to learn about Politics, the Welsh Government and Parliament and to investigate the way economic and technological change shapes our lives.

 • Languages Module – this involves learning to “Sign” in a Glee-esque activity!

• Work-Related Education – includes working with an employer and taking part in a team enterprise activity to help you understand how business works.

• Personal and Social Education – helps explore issues in the modern world: family, health, relationships, citizenship and sustainable development.  PSE includes a wide variety of activities and guest speakers.

• Individual Investigation (minimum 3,000 words) – an opportunity for students to carry out personal research and write an extended project. This task requires and develops skills in collecting information, analysing and presenting data in a meaningful way and reflects the standards expected by universities and employers. The Individual Investigation will be graded: Pass, Merit or Distinction.  Many universities ask students about their Investigations at interview as the topic studied has to be submitted on UCAS application forms.

How does it fit in with other subject choices?

To achieve a Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma a typical student may combine two or more A Levels and the Advanced Core Programme. The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is included in offers from universities across the UK, and is formal recognition that the experiences and skills gained are valuable when studying at degree level and beyond.

Will it mean more exams? No!

There is no Welsh Baccalaureate ‘examination’ in contrast to Options subjects.  Students compile evidence of competency in Essential Skills and submit portfolios for assessment at set assessment deadlines throughout Year 12 and 13 taught, guided and supported by a team of WBQ Tutors. Students are also required to submit an Individual Investigation and WBQ Diary for assessment.

Further information Speak to our Curriculum Leader for WBQ: Mrs Mackenzie alternatively you can find out more by logging onto the Welsh Baccalaureate website   www.wbq.org.uk


Grading of the Advanced WBQ


WBQ Core Component








Individual   Investigation




6 ESW/ WKS at

level 2 or 3

4 or more

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3 at level 3 with at least 1 ESW

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3 at   level 3


at least   1 ESW

4 or more


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3 at   level 3 with at least 1 ESW


Grade for WBQ