WJEC (exam board)

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WJEC, formally the Welsh Joint Education Committee, (known as CBAC (Cyd-bwyllgor Addysg Cymru) in Welsh) is an examination board providing examinations, professional development and educational resources to schools and colleges in Wales, England and Northern Ireland under its own name and the Eduqas brand.

WJEC
WJEC CBAC logo.svg
Formation1948[1]
PurposeExamination board
HeadquartersCardiff, Wales
Region served
Wales, England and Northern Ireland
Websitewww.wjec.co.uk Edit this at Wikidata

HistoryEdit

WJEC was established as a consortium of Welsh Local Education Authorities in 1948, replacing the Central Welsh Board.[1] It is now a registered charity, and a company limited by guarantee, led by a group trustees drawn from the local authorities in Wales and independents from both England and Wales. The organisation is based in Cardiff with a subsidiary company, WJEC CBAC Services Limited, providing specialist printing and publication services. WJEC is run on a day-to-day basis by a senior management team with experience in both the education and commercial sectors.

QualificationsEdit

 
The headquarters of WJEC in Cardiff

WJEC’s qualifications include traditional academic and work-related subjects at Entry Level, GCSE, AS/A Level, other level 3 qualifications such as Level 3 Diploma/Certificate in Criminology[2] or Level 3 Diploma/Certificate in Medical Science[3] as well as Functional Skills and Key Skills. As competition between examination boards on qualifications syllabuses and educational standards for GCSE and A Levels is often discussed in the media, WJEC was interrogated by the British House of Commons on this matter and published a written declaration where it responded to the questions asked by the UK Parliament.[4] A recent report by the BBC shows that there is an increasing trend for exam papers to be remarked because of growing allegations of inefficiency in grading under WJEC.[5][failed verification]

WJEC has introduced a computerized assessment system for some subjects to improve the examination experience and increase efficiency of marking.[6]

WJEC provides Qualifications Wales-regulated qualifications to all state schools and colleges in Wales. Independent schools in Wales may choose between qualifications regulated by Welsh Government or those regulated by the Government of the United Kingdom. WJEC also collaborates with the University of Cambridge to offer educational qualifications.[7]

New GCSEs, AS/A levels and vocational qualifications have been developed to incorporate the changes as outlined by the Welsh Government in their own series of reforms.

WJEC also provides the Welsh Baccalaureate.[8] This offers a programme of study incorporating working with employers, community activities, individual investigations and key skills, as well as students’ GCSEs, GNVQs or A level studies.

WJEC offers more than 13,000 past papers, mark schemes and marked exemplars free of charge via their website, along with digital resources in English and Welsh. WJEC also provides an Online Exam Review (OER) in order to provide instant exam results analysis.[9]

EduqasEdit

WJEC offers qualifications regulated by England's Ofqual through the brand Eduqas. The brand was developed as a response to diverging qualifications between England and Wales. Existing specifications being taught in schools and colleges in England continued to be branded WJEC until they were reformed (first teaching from 2015, 2016 or 2017) and relabelled Eduqas. Eduqas qualifications are also available in Northern Ireland, providing they meet CCEA Accreditation's regulations. Some Eduqas qualifications are also available in Wales where no Qualifications Wales-regulated equivalent exists.

The WJEC brand is used only for qualifications regulated by Qualifications Wales. Some WJEC qualifications are also available in Northern Ireland and a very small number of vocational qualifications are available in England.

Professional developmentEdit

 
Main entrance

WJEC runs a programme of professional development with their subject specialists and Chief or Principal Examiners throughout England and Wales.

National Youth Arts WalesEdit

WJEC previously managed the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Dance Wales and National Youth Theatre of Wales, under the joint brand of National Youth Arts Wales in partnership with Tŷ Cerdd.[10]

In 2016, Welsh Government recommended that the ensembles become managed under one unified body. WJEC ceased to manage the ensembles as of 2017.[11]

Welsh for adultsEdit

WJEC provides resources for adults learning Welsh, allowing candidates to show their speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities at different levels. They also provide Welsh examinations designed for adult learners. [12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "About Us". WJEC.
  2. ^ "Criminology Level 3 (from 2015)". WJEC. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  3. ^ "Medical Science Level 3 (from 2016)". WJEC. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  4. ^ "Education Committee: Written evidence submitted by WJEC". Parliament of the United Kingdom.
  5. ^ "Exam board to re-mark GCSE papers". BBC News Online. 19 March 2014.
  6. ^ "e-Assessment". WJEC.
  7. ^ "Cambridge School Classics Project (NA)". Cambridge School Classics Project.
  8. ^ "Welsh Baccalaureate". WJEC.
  9. ^ "Online Exam Review". WJEC.
  10. ^ "Independent report into safeguarding the future of Wales' National Youth Arts Ensembles published, 27/01/16 [W]". Children in Wales. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  11. ^ "Welsh Government backs changes to youth arts infrastructure". ArtsProfessional. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  12. ^ "Welsh for Adults". www.wjec.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-10-04.

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