The revised and more rigorous Welsh Baccalaureate is based on the attainment of a graded Skills Challenge Certificate, plus Supporting Qualifications in English, maths and science at key stage 4 (National level). Skills Challenge leading to the Welsh Baccalareate Award is also a statutory element of the key stage 5 curriculum at Advanced level.
The primary aim of the Skills Challenge is to enable learners to develop and demonstrate an understanding of and proficiency in essential skills such as : communication, numeracy, digital literacy, planning and organisation, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and personal effectiveness. This new course at both key stages 4 and 5 is designed to develop the vital learning and life skills sought after by today’s employers and places of higher education
The learning emphasis is based on purposeful learning situations which provide opportunities for pupils to engage in a range of real life skills and experiences through the completion of three Challenge Briefs and an Individual Project worth 50% of the course in both key stages.