Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification

The Welsh Baccalaureate qualification has become an integral part of our pupils’ curriculum. Our students will study the diploma at the level most appropriate to their learning. Many guest speakers are invited to Welsh Baccalaureate lessons, as well as pupils being able to participate in field trips both locally and nationally. The school has taken every opportunity to introduce this exciting qualification in a lively and relevant way, which allows every opportunity to educate our pupils to become inquisitive and independent learners. Our aim is that every learner leaves Cwm Rhymni with at least one of the levels of the Welsh Baccalaureate, the highest level being the equivalent to an A* Grade at A Level.

What is the Welsh Baccalaureate?

The central focus of the Welsh Baccalaureate is to provide a vehicle for learners to consolidate and develop essential and employability skills. The qualification will help learners to prepare for their future by developing skills, attributes and behaviours valued by higher education institutes and potential employers. Learners will develop skills in the context of purposeful tasks and appropriate knowledge and understanding. Through the Welsh Baccalaureate learners will raise their skills levels and confidence, enabling and empowering them to take their place as responsible and active citizens within a diverse society. Alongside and through the development of skills, the Welsh Baccalaureate provides learners with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of society, the community in which they live and an awareness of global issues, events and perspectives. 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.