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- Proposals concerning the publication of Sustainable Development Indicators statistical outputs
- Consultation on the regulations to introduce a new Firefighters’ Pension Scheme in Wales from April 2015
- Onshore oil exploration activities: integrated pollution prevention and control
- Statutory Guidance to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales in relation to the salaries of Local Authority Chief Executives
- Consultation on the findings of the report on the Impact and Effect of the Non-Domestic Rating (Definition of Domestic Property) (Wales) Order 2010.
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2013-14 »
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What is the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification?
One of the significant features of the Welsh Baccalaureate is that it requires students to do both traditional qualifications and to develop other vital skills that prepare for both Higher Education and the world of work.
It is a widely recognised qualification. For example, UCAS has allocated 120 tariff points to the Advanced level Welsh Baccalaureate Core, the equivalent to a grade A at A Level. The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is available at three levels:
- Foundation level – which is broadly the level of GCSE grade D-G, or a level 1 NVQ, for example;
- Intermediate level – which is broadly the level of GCSE grade A*-C, or a level 2 NVQ, for example; and
- Advanced level – which is broadly the level of GCE A level, or a level 3 NVQ, for example.
The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification consists of two parts; the Options, and the Core.
Options are the subjects the learners choose from academic or vocational qualifications, such as their GCSEs, AS/A levels, BTECs, or NVQs.
‘Options’ are selected from established, approved courses/ programmes. For example GCSEs or AS/A Levels, Principal Learning and Project, and an additional qualification at an appropriate level, BTEC or NVQs.
The Options consist of recognised qualifications such as A Levels, GCSEs and NVQs. All students must achieve a minimum level of these qualifications to pass the Options part of the Welsh Baccalaureate.
At Advanced Level, the minimum requirement is two GCE ‘A’ Levels grade A to E or NVQ level 3 or equivalent.
At Intermediate Level it is four A* - C at GCSE or NVQ Level 2 or equivalent and at Foundation Level candidates must achieve four D-G at GCSE or NVQ Level 1 or equivalent.
The Welsh Baccalaureate Core Programme provides greater breadth and balance in learners’ programmes and develops Essential Skills / Key Skills. It is designed to improve learners’ existing skills and build their interests. The components of the Core Programme are:
- Individual Investigation – the opportunity to carry out an individual research project into an area of interest;
- Key Skills / Essential Skills Wales – as well as from their Options, students develop these transferable skills through the other four components outlined below;
- Wales, Europe and the World – a chance to learn more about Wales and its relationship with Europe and the World. A language module at a level suitable for the student is included in this;
- Work-Related Education – includes working with an employer and taking part in a team enterprise activity to help the student understand how businesses work;
- Personal and Social Education – helps the student explore issues in the modern world: family, health, relationships, citizenship and sustainable development. It includes an activity in the local community.
Visit the Welsh Baccalaureate website for more information.