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

  • Examiner recruitment was successful this year and all WJEC examiners must have at least one year's teaching experience.  
  • E-submission was introduced for film, media and drama non-exam assessment and is being considered for GCSE English Language spoken sample from 2020. WJEC is keen to gain more feedback from teachers on specific assessment items each year, and is exploring ways of doing this. Wednesday 26 June has been set aside as a contingency day in next summer's timetable, and all candidates must be available up to and including that day in case circumstances require timetabled assessment to be re-scheduled. GCSE sciences: WJEC Eduqas provision will be withdrawn after the 2020 assessment (with a resit possibility in 2021). Vocational qualifications are regulated in England and Wales; they are dual-branded (WJEC and Eduqas) to avoid confusion. WJEC priority is to focus on quality of provision rather than a wide range.  Most now attract performance points, but those that do not have been retained as they are still valued by centres. 

 

Resources and support

  • The England regional team supports existing, new and prospective WJEC Eduqas teachers. 
  • Webinar provision in CPD has been extended this year, to complement not replace face-to-face meetings.  The regional team is also supporting network meetings for English, geography and psychology initially.
  • New resource production since March has focused on skills rather than content, an approach that differs from other boards and has been welcomed by teachers. 
  • Research in Wales has revealed that the use of text books is decreasing, in particular 'class sets' of particular publications. Teachers say they would prefer e-books.

Last updated29 March 2019