Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ)

At Milford Haven School the WBQ is a very successful department, achieving significantly over the Welsh average for GCSE for the past 2 years.

Our team is made up of 6 experienced WBQ teachers, each with a track record of success.

 ‘In key stage 4 and in the sixth form, the development of skills through the Welsh Baccalaureate is a strong feature’
                                                   Estyn (2018)

We take great pride in seeing our pupils develop academically and socially through the activities they undertake and are please to say that 82% of KS5 pupils in 2018 were offered a university place based on their WBQ scores.

Key Stage 4

In Years 9 to 11 pupils complete the National Skills Challenge Certificate (nSCC).   This is worth one GCSE and can be achieved at Level 2 (A* – C) and at level 1 (equivalent D-G). It is a diverse qualification with elements that suit pupils of all interests and abilities.

In 2018 Milford Haven School pupils achieved 84.8% A*- C compared to a Wales average of 82.8%

There Are Four Components To This Qualification

Enterprise and Employability Challenge

Global Citizenship Challenge

Community Challenge

The Individual Project

Supporting Qualifications

Skills Challenge Certificate + Supporting Qualifications = Welsh Baccalaureate

Completion of the nSCC can lead to pupils achieving the Welsh Baccalaureate National Diploma, the following Supporting Qualifications are required:

  • GCSE English Language grade A*-C
  • GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy grade A*-C
  • Three further GCSEs or equivalent grades A*- C

To achieve the Welsh Baccalaureate Foundation Diploma, grades D-G are required from the Supporting qualifications.

The requirements of both the Skills Challenge Certificate and Supporting Qualifications must be met in order to achieve the Welsh Baccalaureate. This is awarded as pass or fail.

Key Stage 5

The advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (aSCC) follows the same model with the inclusion of Higher Education focussed tasks.

Additionally the IP is extended to become a 5000 word dissertation related to the pupils university or employment aspirations.  

In 2018 MHS pupils achieved 100% A*-E compared to a national average of 97.7%

‘Performance in the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification at advanced level in 2017 is well above that of similar schools. Many sixth form pupils are positive about their learning and have ambitious aspirations for their future’

                                                          Estyn 2018