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 (81.2 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

Qualifications Wales launch an A* information campaign as GCSEs in Wales reformed

Thursday 27/04/2017

Qualifications Wales launch an A* information campaign as GCSEs in Wales reformed

GCSEs in Wales are changing - and Qualifications Wales is launching an information campaign to make sure the reforms are fully understood.

New qualifications in Wales have been given the stamp of approval

Wednesday 12/04/2017

New qualifications in Wales have been given the stamp of approval

The final wave of reformed GCSEs and A levels for first teaching from September 2017 have been approved by Qualifications Wales.

Time running out to enter this year’s coveted VQ Awards

Tuesday 11/04/2017

Time running out to enter this year’s coveted VQ Awards

The clock is ticking in the hunt to find star learners, employers and trainers in every part of Wales, as the April 21 closing date for this year’s Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards approaches.