The story so far

Our main focus is on how qualifications for 16-year-olds in Wales will need to change.

To help us decide what the qualifications for 16-year-olds in Wales should look like in future, we need to know what you think should happen. We want to hear views from a wide range of stakeholders to help us make the right decisions. 

The timeline below explains when and how you can help to have your say about future qualifications and the presentation gives an overview of the phase one consultation decisions. 


We have already completed one consultation to help us decide on the approach we should take to this work.
You can read more about this phase of work here.

Our next task will be to agree which qualifications should be available for 16-year-olds in Wales. We will be consulting on our proposals at the end of this year (2020). We will confirm which qualifications are required in 2021.
You can read more about this phase of work here.

Once we have decided which qualifications will be needed, we will need to agree the details of their design. What content they should cover and how they should be assessed. Again, we will want to hear a wider range of views to help us do this. We will start consulting on the detailed design of specific qualifications in late 2021.

We want to make sure that any new or updated qualifications are available in plenty of time before learners begin to study towards them. There needs to be enough time for centres and teaching staff to prepare for the new qualifications, and for support, training and resources to be available for the new qualifications.