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College prepares for Welsh Bac
Coleg Llandrillo students will take part in the pilot scheme
A college is gearing up for a new national qualification after being chosen to head a pilot scheme in north west Wales.

Students at Coleg Llandrillo in Rhos-on-Sea will start studying for the international-style Welsh Baccalaureate this summer.

The aim of the qualification, which is set to replace A-levels among 16 to 18-year-olds, is to create a broad, diverse and distinctive study curriculum for students with a wider mix of subjects.

The college is one of 19 schools and colleges appointed by the Welsh Assembly to introduce the scheme across Wales in September 2003.

Students will have the opportunity to broaden and expand their studies so as to better equip them for university or the world of work
Principal, Huw Evans

Principal Huw Evans said he was delighted to help pioneer the programme and build relevant employability skills for students.

"The Welsh Baccalaureate is an exciting programme of study," he said.

"It enables students pursuing A-levels, BTEC Nationals and AVCE to add to their qualifications.

"Students will have the opportunity to broaden and expand their studies so as to better equip them for university or the world of work," he added.

As well as core exams, the Welsh Bac also places emphasis on non-academic areas, such as key skills and work experience, to create well-rounded students for potential employers.

'Proudly Welsh'

Education Minister Jane Davidson said the award was "distinctive, modern and proudly Welsh".

"It will help students show key skills and centres on learning-by-doing," she said.

"It will be the first ever distinctive programme for 16 to19-year-olds in Wales," she added.

The Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) has been holding talks with the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) about the accreditation of points to the Welsh Bac qualification.

A presentation will be held at Llandrillo College at 1830 GMT on Thursday, and will also include a talk on the International Baccalaureate which the college has been running for 10 years.


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