Welsh Baccalaureate Department
The Welsh Baccalaureate department at Abersychan School is a successful department with a keen ethos for team work and high achievement. The level of commitment demonstrated by staff within the department ensures that the majority of learners are fully engaged with the qualification and working confidently towards their target grade. The department currently consists of 6 Welsh Baccalaureate teachers who also teach within other areas of the curriculum across the school.
The Welsh Baccalaureate is a flexible and inclusive qualification that underpins learners’ choices of GCSE, AS, A Level and vocational qualifications. It is rigorously assessed and is based on a Skills Challenge Certificate and Supporting Qualifications.
It is graded, ensuring that hard work and high performance are rewarded and recognised by higher education and employers. The primary aim of the qualification is to promote essential skills for employment and to provide opportunities for their development through three Challenges and an Individual Project.
The Supporting Qualifications include two mandatory GCSEs of English Language or Welsh Language together with Mathematics-Numeracy or Mathematics. A further three GCSEs are also required, of which two may be of equivalent qualifications.
To meet the National Welsh Baccalaureate requirements all five of the Supporting Qualifications must be achieved at grades A*-C. Similarly, for the Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate the Supporting Qualifications must be achieved at grades A*-G.
If you would like any further information about this qualification, please contact
Ms Laura Entwistle, Curriculum Leader for Welsh Baccalaureate at
If you would like to watch a short video presentation about the qualification, please visit:
For further information, including the specification, please visit: