Welsh-medium qualifications and assessment
Qualifications Wales is committed to promoting and facilitating the use of the Welsh language. Over recent years, there has been significant growth in Welsh-medium provision.
Our strategy, Choice for All, clearly states that our aim is to increase the availability of Welsh-medium qualifications and to support awarding bodies in doing so.
Our Regulatory Welsh-medium qualifications policy outlines our requirements for recognised awarding bodies. In particular:
- We require Approved qualifications to be available for assessment both through the medium of Welsh and English.
- All awarding bodies must ensure that they make available all their Designated qualifications for assessment in Welsh from September 2027 (or any date specified by us), where these are offered to learners being taught on programmes of learning that are eligible for public funding pre-16.
- It is a requirement that awarding bodies take all reasonable steps to increase the availability of all their other qualifications.
Support and Advisory Groups
We have an Awarding Body Welsh Language Support Group in which we discuss issues relating to Welsh medium and bilingual qualifications and assessment with awarding bodies. If you are interested in joining, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Awarding bodies sometimes find it difficult to recruit assessment personnel who can 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.
Welsh Language Support Grants
We offer grants to awarding bodies to help maintain and increase the availability of Welsh-medium and bilingual provision. Awarding bodies can apply to us for financial support to help with the cost of meeting the demand for qualifications assessed through the medium of Welsh. We also provide a grant to WJEC to support the translation of live assessment papers for GCSEs and A levels.