Commissioning of the Development & Award of the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales Level 3 Qualification

Publication reference: 2021/S 000-007743
Publication date: 13 April 2021

F23: Social and other specific services – concessions

Prior information notice

Section one: Contracting authority/entity

one.1) Name and addresses

Qualifications Wales

Q2 Building, Pencarn Lane, Imperial Park


NP10 8AR



+44 1633373205


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKL2 - East Wales

Internet address(es)
Main address

Buyer's address

one.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the above-mentioned address

one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority

one.5) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Commissioning of the Development & Award of the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales Level 3 Qualification

Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code
  • 80000000 - Education and training services
two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

The purpose of this PIN is to initiate engagement with the market for the potential commissioning of a concession contract for the development and award of an Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales Level 3 qualification available in Welsh and English.This qualification would be primarily designed for learners aged 16 to 19 in Wales.This PIN is not being used as a call for competition.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £5,949,474

two.1.6) Information about lots

This concession is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
  • 80200000 - Secondary education services
two.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS codes
  • UKL - Wales
Main site or place of performance

Schools and colleges across Wales.

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

On 23 February 2021 we published a notice of our Intention to Restrict the qualification we wish to develop to one form and to secure its development and delivery via a commissioning route ( The deadline for representations has now passed. We would like to speak to awarding bodies that may be interested in developing a qualification in this area.

The information that we gather will be used to inform the development of the contract specification which would be used if we decide to proceed with the procurement process.

We will be arranging Teams meetings with potential bidders to take place between 28 April and 14 May. The meetings will take the form of a structured discussion with us. This will involve us asking participants a series of questions which we will provide in advance. Responses will be informal and not be considered in or form part of any subsequent procurement process.

Questions that participants put to us during the dialogue will be collated so that when we are in a position to respond, we will issue one set of information to all interested parties at the same time.

two.2.6) Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: £5,949,474

two.2.13) Information about European Union Funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

two.2.14) Additional information

Parties interested in participating in pre-tender engagement with us should email to book a Teams meeting, Please insert ‘Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales pre-tender engagement’ in the subject area of the email, state your interest and the names, job titles and email addresses of those who will take part from your organisation.

Section three. Legal, economic, financial and technical information

three.1) Conditions for participation

three.1.4) Objective rules and criteria for participation
List and brief description of rules and criteria

Interested parties should email to request participation in the pre-tender engagement.Please contact us at your earliest convenience to secure your slot.

When you contact us to arrange a meeting, we will send you the questions, a briefing note, the draft contract specification, the draft qualification approval criteria and the terms and conditions that will apply to the concession contract, for you to review and prepare your responses prior to your meeting with us.

three.2) Conditions related to the concession

three.2.2) Concession performance conditions

Only awarding bodies recognised by Qualifications Wales will be able to deliver this contract therefore interested parties must either already be recognised awarding bodies or achieve

recognition by Qualifications Wales within a period starting from the notification of intention to award a contract. The period for achieving recognition will be confirmed in the contract notice should we proceed to tender

Section four. Procedure

four.2) Administrative information

four.2.2) Time limit for submission of applications or receipt of tenders

30 April 2021

Local time


four.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


Section six. Complementary information

six.3) Additional information

Participants in the pre-tender engagement will not be committed to taking part in any subsequent tender exercise.

Should we proceed to the formal procurement process, we will publish another notice (anticipated to be June 2021) and we will run the process using the electronic tender system etenderwales (

Eligible organisations that do not participate in the pre-tender engagement will still be able to participate in any subsequent tender exercise

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Sell2Wales Web Site at

(WA Ref:109410)

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

High Court

Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand




+44 2079477501


United Kingdom