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WJEC is an examination board that provides qualifications and exam assessment to schools and colleges in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and independent regions.

WJEC provides internationally-recognised GCSE, AS, A level and vocational qualifications to students. WJEC qualifications delivered in Wales are regulated by Qualifications Wales, and those delivered in England, under its Eduqas brand, are regulated by Ofqual.

General qualifications update

In response to consultations and decisions made by Ofqual and the DfE, WJEC will be amending WJEC Eduqas qualifications in computer science, music and physical education. 

  • GCSE (9-1) computer science – in response to Ofqual's decision regarding the assessment of programming in GCSE computer science, WJEC will be amending its specification to ensure programming is assessed by examination from summer 2022 onwards. It has issued a short survey for existing centres to seek views about (i) number of components, and (ii) onscreen or paper-based assessment.
  • GCSE and GCE music – in response to Ofqual's decision, WJEC will be amending its approach to penalising candidates who do not perform for the required duration, and removing the automatic 'zero marks' approach that they were required to implement in 2018. This impacts on GCSE, AS and A level qualifications in music from summer 2019 onwards.
  • GCSE and GCE physical education – WJEC has completed a significant piece of work with the DfE following its consultation (here) on activities to add to the range available within PE qualifications. This will impact on our GCSE, GCSE short course, AS and A level qualifications in physical education.

WJEC qualifications

  • You can access information about its GCSEs qualifications here
  • You can access information about its A level qualifications here
  • You can access information about its technical and vocational awards here.

If you have any issues or queries, you can contact the WJEC here.

Eduqas qualifications

You can access information about Eduqas GCE and GCSE qualifications here.

If you need to contact WJEC about any issues or queries, email info@eduqas.co.uk.

CPD and resources

  • The 2018/19 CPD programme of face-to-face and online events continues, and full details of the courses are available on the Eduqas website here and the WJEC website here.
  • New resources have been added to the WJEC Eduqas website. You can access all the Eduqas resources here and the WJEC resources here.

Key updates from latest meeting

NAHT meets with WJEC regularly, both on an individual basis and with other school leaders' and teaching associations. Read the key update from the latest meetings:

Assessment delivery: 

  • WJEC is looking to re-purpose guidance on key exam processes for students and parents. it is also running training for chairs of examiners and examiner training and monitoring. 
  • WJEC will be sending out information to centres on the process for using alternative sites during examinations. 
  • An out-of-hours contact for emergency situations (before 7am and after 7pm) will be available on the secure website homepage. 
  • WJEC is piloting free-of-charge access to scripts this year for GCSE language - centres will be notified on how this will work.

CPD developments:

Delivery of the 2018-19 CPD programme (face-to-face and online events) continues and full details of courses are available on the WJEC website at eduqas.co.uk/training.


Last updated20 May 2019