Reshaping the wider 14-16 qualifications offer in Wales

We want to know which qualifications should be available alongside new GCSEs to meet the needs of all learners aged 14 to 16 and support the new Curriculum for Wales.

What is the wider offer?

The wider offer refers to all non-GCSE qualifications studied by learners aged 14 to 16. We’re looking at qualifications from entry level and up and looking at a range of subjects such as such as the World of Work, Financial Capability, Careers Development, Equality and Diversity, Food Safety, Essential Skills, Sport and First Aid.  

We want to have a national conversation about how future qualifications could be different. This is why we’re asking everyone with a vested interest – learners, employers, parents/carers, educational professionals and the public – to have their say on the ssessment and use of digital technology in these qualifications.

What has been done so far?

As well as speaking to different stakeholder groups, we have reviewed the current qualifications offer and how this aligns to the new Curriculum for Wales as well as assess the progression routes it supports to post-16 pathways. We have also evaluated the international equivalents and compared qualifications in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, known as a ‘desk-based review’.


A timeline for our work in shaping the wider offer is provided below.