It's A-level choices time. At most school Sixth Forms in Wales, students are required to take the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification alongside their A-levels.
The Welsh Bac is equivalent in size and value to an A-level, but is a separate Level 3 qualification. Many find it a valuable thing as they enter the world of work and higher education, but others consider it to be a waste of time.
Now here's the thing: a lot of pressure is being put on our child to take the Welsh Bac alongside 4 STEM A-levels. We strongly believe this will compromise their chance of the best possible A-level outcomes.
In a school Sixth Form which has compulsory Welsh Bac, do any of you have experience of somehow avoiding taking the qualification, or did you just have to take it in the end?
Were there any cunning steps you had to take to get out of it, or did you simply have to ask nicely?
Thanks for your answers. The issue here seems to be one of comparability with candidates from England in applications to high tariff STEM courses in RG universities.
I have checked the entry requirements for STEM courses in many of these unis, and although they seem to pay lip service to the WBQ in a general sense, it doesn't get included in the offers. In fact it just seems to be a complete waste of time for a student wishing to take A-levels in say Maths, FM, Physics and Chemistry. If they know they're likely to get high grades, why make them trifle with a politically driven exercise in social levelling?
If the WBQ is so good, why do none of the independent schools in Wales even offer it as an option for their students? Why do students who go to Sixth Form colleges and FE not get compelled to do it? It only seems to be compulsory in school Sixth Forms, and even then many schools will make provision for those who would not benefit from a Welsh Bac.
That's not the case here, though, and the FE college is 90 minutes away on the college bus. Unless the school is willing to yield, DC will take the Welsh Bac half heartedly through gritted teeth.
IM NOT DONE WITH THE ZOHAN
fucc off ya big lout
no but srsly there is a problem with the welsh BACCC
(Original post by 999tigger)
As i say ive seen situations where its been a lifesaver. If you dont wish your child to do it, then withdraw and teach your own child/ do them online or go to college.
Anyway I will leave you to it.
I agree 100% with you. Yes, some students do find it a life saver; I probably have a child myself in that category. My issue is the one size fits all compulsion implicit in it.
I thought our so-called comprehensive schools were meant to provide fully for all across the spectrum of ability and aptitude. MAT children do not get adequate provision in many schools as it is. Surely, taking away the chance to study 4 A-levels (still open to their English peers) is a sad indictment of the singular lack of ambition in the Welsh school system? The WBQ is a crude tool which seeks to up the Level 3/Key Stage 5 outcomes in our schools, as well as bundling hidden curriculum content into a tangible qualification.
Teaching STEM subjects (or any subjects, for that matter) at A-level is not something most parents would be able to do, and as I stated in my earlier reply, the FE college is a 90 minute bus ride away.
You're suggesting this is Hobson's choice; like it or lump it; take it or leave it. Thanks a lot for your enlightened, broad-based pedagogy.
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