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Welsh baccalaureate 'made available to 7,500 more pupils'

17/01/2011 Joanna
The Welsh baccalaureate qualification is to be expanded, education minister Leighton Andrews has announced.

It is to be rolled out across a further 53 centres, making it available to an additional 7,500 learners.

According to the Welsh Assembly Government, the decision follows successful pilots and positive evaluations.

"The number of students opting for the Welsh baccalaureate is rising rapidly and last year's outstanding results meant that the qualification enhanced thousands of Welsh learners' portfolios of qualifications and confirmed the growing success of the qualification," Mr Andrews commented.

He noted that it is an exciting option for students as it adds a new dimension to the courses already available.

English education secretary Michael Gove recently announced the introduction of a baccalaureate qualification in England.

Students must achieve five A* to C-grade GCSEs in core academic subjects including English and science, with 15.6 per cent of pupils reaching this benchmark last year.
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