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

Changes recommended after record early entry for GCSEs in Wales

Monday 16/10/2017

Changes recommended after record early entry for GCSEs in Wales

Qualifications Wales has published its research into the growing practice of schools entering pupils for their GCSE exams early, and has recommended changes to ensure that the interests of pupils are put first.

New curriculum timeline welcomed by Qualifications Wales

Tuesday 26/09/2017

New curriculum timeline welcomed by Qualifications Wales

Qualifications Wales has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to publish a new timeline for the introduction of the new curriculum.

Teacher workshops (ICT Sector Review) - North and South Wales

Monday 11/09/2017

Teacher workshops (ICT Sector Review) - North and South Wales

We are holding two activity-based workshops for teachers and lecturers of ICT, one in north Wales and one in south Wales.