Qualifications Wales is launching a series of public consultations seeking views on the reform of qualifications for 16-year-old learners.

We will use the findings from each consultation to inform and support the development and reform of qualifications for 16-year-old learners.

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Consultation 2019/20: Qualifications for the next generation

Our online Consultation was launched on 18 November 2019 and closed on 7 February 2020. 

It was the first in a series of consultations planned over the next two years to shape the future range of qualifications that will meet the needs of learners and support the new curriculum for Wales. 

This first consultation set out our vision for future qualifications. It outlined the key guiding principles that we propose should shape the future qualifications offer. 

A report summarising the responses from the Consultation will be published later in 2020, in addition to our recommendations and advice from the Minister.  

You can find details of the first consultation here.

Further Public Consultations

We will run further consultations in 2020/21, which will seek feedback on proposals for: 

  • which subject areas qualifications for 16-year-olds should be available in 
  • how qualifications should be designed in future 
  • how qualifications could support a single continuum for Welsh language teaching and learning. 

In 2021, we will develop and consult on proposals for the detailed design of any new or reformed qualifications, including draft approval criteria. 

Our aim is for new or updated qualifications to be available in plenty of time for first teaching from September 2025. 

This diagram shows the future consultation stages.

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