Qualifications

In Wales, there are different types and levels of qualifications that may be taken by learners in schools, colleges, the workplace, community settings or elsewhere.

Qualifications Wales must ensure that qualifications awarded by recognised awarding bodies meet the needs of learners in Wales and that there is public confidence in them. This work includes ensuring that qualifications meet any criteria that we set, that they are valid, reliable and fit for purpose and that they are comparable to qualifications elsewhere.

Latest Qualifications publications

Friday 12 February, 2016
Author: Qualifications Wales

Letter from Philip Blaker to headteachers, 12.02.16 (249.3 KB)

A letter sent to headteachers explaining the decision to defer the introduction of the revised GCSE Religious Studies and GCSE History qualifications from September 2016 to September 2017.
Sunday 31 August, 2014

GCE AS and A Level Principles (180.9 KB)

It will be reviewed by Qualifications Wales in due course. For further information please contact us.
Friday 28 November, 2014
Author: Welsh Government

Welsh Baccalaureate Design Principles (275.3 KB)

This document provides the framework for the development of the specification for the Welsh Baccalaureate at Foundation, National and Advanced levels for first teaching from September 2015. It will be reviewed by Qualifications Wales in due course. For further information please contact us.
Friday 5 August, 2016
Author: Welsh Government

GCSE Qualification Principles (508.9 KB)

This document sets out the overarching principles for all GCSEs developed for teaching in Wales from September 2015 onwards. It will be reviewed by Qualifications Wales in due course. For further information please contact us.

Latest Qualifications news

Results: GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy and GCSE Mathematics

Thursday 19/01/2017

Results: GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy and GCSE Mathematics

Today’s GCSE results relate to qualifications that were reformed for first teaching in September 2015: GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy and GCSE Mathematics.

November 2016 Legacy results

Thursday 12/01/2017

November 2016 Legacy results

Qualifications Wales is the independent regulator of qualifications in Wales. One of our key activities is to oversee the award of GCSE, AS and A level qualifications and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Qualifications Wales launch new Vocational Qualifications Strategy

Wednesday 04/01/2017

Qualifications Wales launch new Vocational Qualifications Strategy

A major new strategy setting out a range of approaches to regulating vocational qualifications in Wales is launched today (Wednesday, 4 January 2017).