Welcome to the Welsh Baccalaureate Department

ICT

Welcome to the newly reformed Welsh Baccalaureate, an exciting new overarching qualification offered at Bryntirion meeting Welsh Government national priorities. The revised and more rigorous Welsh Baccalaureate is based on a Skills Challenge Certificate, which will be a graded GCSE/GCE equivalent qualification and Supporting Qualifications (see illustration below).

Skills Challenge Certificate

The primary aim is to enable learners to develop and demonstrate an understanding of and proficiency in essential and employability skills; Literacy, Numeracy, Digital Literacy, Planning and Organisation, Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Personal Effectiveness. The emphasis is on applied and purposeful learning; providing opportunities for assessment in a range of real life context through three Challenges and an Individual Project.

Key Stage 4

The WB Core Curriculum will include a teaching and learning programme to develop the essential and employability skills required to allow all learners to be able to access the four skills challenges within the Skills Challenge Certificate. This will be achieved through the context of the ranges of the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and PSE framework employing a carousel delivery model. The specification for the WB stipulates the guided learning hours as 120. The table below summarises how we will meet this:

Challenge  (Coordinator)

Guided Learning Hours

Mapped

Learning Hours

Minimum Assessment Hours

Challenge Period

External Assessment

Individual Project

(LA)

40

PSE1 (10hrs)

IP (30hrs)

 

Autumn term Yr 11

Jan Yr11

Enterprise & Employability

(JW)

(Group)

30

Yr9 (10hrs)

WB1 (18hrs)

WBf (10hrs)

20

WB1 rotation & WB fortnight

Jan Yr11

Global Citizenship

(MP)

25

WB2 (18hrs)

GC (16hrs)

10

Spring term Yr 11

Jun Yr11

Community

(LA)

25

RS1 (10hrs)

WBf (20hrs)

10

RS1 rotation & WB fortnight

Jan Yr11

 

An induction programme will be held in the summer term of year 9. During this period at least 8 hours will be devoted to teaching and learning of the skills required for the employability and enterprise challenge. In year 10 there will be 4 rotations; each 9 weeks long. During year 11 there will be 3 rotations of varying length. 

Key Stage 5

The WB Core Curriculum will include a teaching and learning programme to develop the essential and employability skills required to allow all learners to be able to access the four skills challenges within the Skills Challenge Certificate. The specification for the WB stipulates the guided learning hours as 360, with 270 contact hours. Students will be timetabled for 6 hours a fortnight throughout KS 5 in WB lessons with 1 hour per week tutorial/mentor time. The table below summarises how we will meet this:

Challenge  (Coordinator)

Guided Learning Hours

Mapped

Learning Hours

Minimum Assessment Hours

Challenge Period

External Assessment

Individual Project

(LA)

120

40

80

Autumn & Spring term Year 13

Jan/Jun Year 13

Enterprise & Employability

(JW)

120

70

50

Enterprise – Spring Year 12

Employability Summer Year 12 & Autumn Year 13

Jan/Jun Year 13

Global Citizenship

(MP)

70

50

20

Summer Year 12 & Autumn term Year 13

 

Jan Year 13

Community

(LA) group

50

10

35

Spring & Summer term Year 12

Jan Year 13

 

An induction programme will be held at the start of year 12. This will include time spent developing the essential and employability skills needed for the Community and the Enterprise & Employability Challenges. This will culminate with the students in year 12 hosting a Christmas Fayre, raising awareness and money to support the school’s chosen charities.