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Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

Why Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate?  

This qualification will help learners develop the more complex skills, attributes and behaviours that have been clearly identified as essential for the future whether this is in university, further training or employment. The top universities in the UK now recognise in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate the skills they wish to see in their undergraduates and regard the achievement of the Skills Challenge Certificate as of positive benefit to Welsh students aspiring to competitive degree courses across the UK.

The skills identified in the Skills Challenge Certificate are those that have been repeatedly sought by employers and articulated through organisations such as the Confederation of British Industries (the CBI). They are the critical transferable skills that employers wish to see developed in their employees across all sectors of industry and commerce. The OECD has identified these same skills as the world leading skills needed for the successful development of each country.

Summary of content

The Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate is based on a Skills Challenge Certificate alongside Supporting Qualifications. The requirements of both the Skills Challenge Certificate and Supporting Qualifications must be met in order to achieve the overarching Welsh Baccalaureate.

The Skills Challenge Certificate consists of four components which are followed by all learners:

  • Individual Project
  • Enterprise and Employability Challenge
  • Global Citizenship Challenge
  • Community Challenge

The Supporting Qualifications include the two mandatory GCSEs of English Language or Welsh Language together with Mathematics-Numeracy or Mathematics. Both GCSEs must be at grades A*-C.

Learners also require two A levels grade A*- E, or passes in equivalent level 3 qualifications.

The Skills Challenge Certificate components

The Skills Challenge Certificate is graded from A*-E as an A level and carries the same value of UCAS points similar to an A level.  Universities are now including the Skills Challenge Certificate as an A level equivalent in the offers for places they are making to students.

The seven essential and employability skills are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Personal Effectiveness

The following table details the specific skills and identifies the type of assessment for each component.

Skills Challenge Certificate components

Weighting Assessed Skills

Internal Assessment

External Moderation

Individual Project

50%
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Yes Yes

Enterprise and Employability Challenge

20%
  • Numeracy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Personal Effectiveness
Yes Yes

Global Citizenship Challenge

15%
  • Literacy
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation
Yes Yes

Community Challenge

15%
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Personal Effectiveness
Yes Yes

When completing the three Challenges, at least one must be completed individually and at least one must be completed in a team (consisting of 3-6 members).

For further details please follow the link to the detailed specification on the WJEC web site.

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