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 confident that A and AS level standards are maintained

Thursday 17/08/2017

Qualifications Wales confident that A and AS level standards are maintained

Qualifications Wales is content with the way this year’s AS, A and Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate exams have been conducted.

Qualifications Wales publishes its priorities for GCSEs, A levels and the Welsh Bac

Thursday 13/07/2017

Qualifications Wales publishes its priorities for GCSEs, A levels and the Welsh Bac

Qualifications Wales has published its strategic plan for regulating GCSEs, A levels and the Welsh Bac, setting out its priorities for the next three to five years.

Curriculum reform will lead to changes to qualifications

Tuesday 11/07/2017

Curriculum reform will lead to changes to qualifications

Reform of the school curriculum in Wales will lead to changes to qualifications – but it’s too early yet to say exactly how much they will need to change.