Under the Qualifications Wales Act (2015), we have been remitted to promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language. Over recent years, there has been significant growth in the provision of Welsh-medium qualifications.
Although awarding bodies are not legally obliged to offer Welsh-medium qualifications, we work with awarding bodies and sector organisations to attempt to meet demand for additional qualifications through the medium of Welsh. Our overall approach to the provision of Welsh-medium and bilingual qualifications by awarding bodies is presented in the Regulatory Welsh-medium and Bilingual Qualifications policy (link below).
GCSE, AS and A level qualifications
WJEC offers the majority of what is available. Almost all WJEC’s GCSE, AS and A level qualifications are available in both languages, with the exception of a very small number of qualifications where there hasn’t been demand for Welsh-medium assessment. Two of the England-based awarding bodies offer a small number of qualifications not available from WJEC through the medium of Welsh.
We have been working with stakeholders, and will continue to do so, to ensure that specifications for the new GCSE, AS and A level qualifications being introduced from September 2015 are available at the same time in both English and Welsh. WJEC is the only awarding organisation offering the new and revised GCSEs, AS and A levels that are being developed to meet the requirements of the Welsh Government.
In order to most effectively meet the needs of learners, we need information from learners, providers and employers to obtain a clear picture of current and future demand. If you are interested in taking vocational qualifications through the medium of Welsh, it is important that you discuss your needs with the relevant awarding body as soon as demand arises.
Awarding bodies sometimes find it difficult to recruit assessment personnel that are able to work through the medium of Welsh. If you’re interested in becoming a Welsh-medium assessor or external moderator/verifier, please contact the relevant awarding body or Qualifications Wales to discuss this.