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GCSEs and A-Levels are here to stay in Wales

By PaulTurner555  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

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THE Welsh Government has decided to keep the current system of GCSEs and A-Levels. 

There will also be a revised, more rigorous Welsh Baccalaureate.

It means England and Wales will have completely separate qualifications. 

Deputy Minister for Skills  Jeff Cuthbert confirmed the move as he outlined the Welsh Government's response to the Review of Qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds.

The recommendations to create new GCSEs in English Language and Welsh First Language, as well as two new GCSEs covering numeracy and mathematical techniques, have also been accepted.

These will be introduced in September 2015 and will reflect and support the improvements expected from the new Literacy and Numeracy Framework. 

He added: "We are broadly accepting all of the Review's recommendations and are setting a clear strategic direction and vision for qualifications in Wales. 

"We will retain GCSEs and A levels. 

"Where necessary we will strengthen and amend these, but ultimately we have confidence in these well established qualifications, which are recognised around the world." 

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