GCSEs and A levels

In Wales, there are different types and levels of qualifications that may be taken by learners in schools, colleges, the workplace, community settings or elsewhere.

Qualifications Wales must ensure that qualifications awarded by recognised awarding bodies meet the needs of learners in Wales and that there is public confidence in them. This work includes ensuring that qualifications meet any criteria that we set, that they are valid, reliable and fit for purpose and that they are comparable to qualifications elsewhere.

Our general qualifications strategic plan sets out our priorities for regulating GCSEs, A levels and the Welsh Bac for the next three to five years.

Over the next three to five years we will focus on:

  • Securing standards;
  • Evaluating change;
  • Improving public understanding;
  • Increasing the availability of qualifications through the medium of Welsh; and
  • Adopting an incremental approach to future changes.

The plan also identified the key challenges we will face in achieving the aims we have set in each of these focus areas.