WJEC Personal Progress Qualifications are followed by learners on emerging pathways, to enable learners to have their achievements recognised within a qualification framework. Learners complete a range of tasks to gain credits for developing reading skills, developing writing skills and developing communication skills.

Step Up to English

Key Stage Four: learners are entered for AQA Step Up to English at Gold or Silver award. The course involves completing a minimum of three units; on literary topics and creative reading and writing. Spoken language tasks are also assessed. The range of units is extensive and includes themes such as; adventure, transport, exhibitions, detectives, sport, fashion and many more. The units are completed over the two year course.


Key Stage Four: some learners are entered for Eduqas GCSE English Language examinations. The course is fully linear with an examination taken in the summer of year 11.

Spoken language is reported on as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

The course enables learners to:

Read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
Read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
Write effectively and coherently using Standard English
Use grammar correctly, and punctuate and spell accurately

Functional Skills

Key Stage Five: Year 14 students are entered for AQA Functional Skills examinations. Functional Skills focuses on the practical skills that learners will need to use to be successful in life such as form filling, letter writing, reading instructions and being interviewed.

Additional English

Key Stage Five: Year 12 and 13 students are entered for the WJEC Additional English qualification. Additional English assesses the skills of knowledge and understanding of literary texts and the candidates’ ability to read and understand non-fiction and audio/visual texts. Candidates are also given the opportunity to create their own narratives.