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

Wales’ golden girl of skills endorses VQ Awards

Wednesday 15/02/2017

Wales’ golden girl of skills endorses VQ Awards

A golden girl of skills in Wales is encouraging learners, employers and trainers to enter this year’s Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards.

How GCSEs are changing in Wales

Tuesday 07/02/2017

How GCSEs are changing in Wales

GCSEs in Wales have been subject to a rolling programme of reforms in recent years, with different subjects available for first teaching during September 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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.