Record numbers of pupils have received the intermediate diploma in the Welsh Baccalaureate.
11,784 pupils passed, more than 1,000 more than last year, as the pass rate also increased from 79 per cent to 85.7 per cent.
At foundation level, 1,757 pupils passed, a fall from last year, but the pass rate rose to 83.3 per cent.
The Welsh Bac. will play an increasing important role from September 2015, becoming the overarching framework for 14 to 19-year-olds' qualifications in Wales, under Welsh Government changes.
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