The Minister said:
“Students across Wales, like those in Cynffig who I am visiting today, deserve our congratulations as they take this significant step on their learning journey.
“Our students’ performance in GCSEs shows the overall pass rate remains at 98.7 per cent, with passes at A*-C at 65.4 per cent which is encouraging.”
GCSE results for students in Wales published today show that:
- the overall pass rate remains at 98.7%.
- the proportion of passes at grades A* to C was 65.4%;
- the proportion of A* and A grades was 19.2%;
- the proportion of A* grades was 6.5%;
The Welsh Baccalaureate, Intermediate and Foundation Diplomas have been available across the 14-19 phase since 2006 and are now widely available in both Key Stage 4 and in post-16 learning. Today’s results show that;
At Intermediate level:
- Almost 10,000 (9,940) learners completed the Welsh Baccalaureate programme;
- 8,119 achieved the Core certificate; and
- 7,210 achieved both the Core certificate and the Options requirement and have been awarded the full Welsh Baccalaureate Intermediate Diploma.
And at Foundation level;
- Over 3,500 (3,521) learners completed the Welsh Baccalaureate programme;
- 2,515 achieved the Core certificate; and
- 2,236 achieved both the Core certificate and the Options requirement and have been awarded the full Welsh Baccalaureate Foundation Diploma.
The Minister added:
“More students than ever have earned a Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification in addition to their other achievements, it continues to establish itself as a key feature of 14-19 learning in Wales and is a valued qualification.”