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WJEC GCSE Humanities incorporates discrete units of geography, history and religious studies in a single course that introduces key elements of each of these separate disciplines to the student. One controlled assessment task offers opportunities for students to research a contemporary issue or theme.
The Principal Examiners' report, providing feedback on the summer 2013 series of examinations, is now available. Centres are advised to read the report carefully as it provides helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next series of examinations.
The deadline for the submission of completed controlled assessment samples for moderation is Friday 28th March 2014. As in 2013, centres will be required to submit their controlled assessment marks online via the WJEC Secure Website from 10th March. Once all marks have been entered and submitted, the online system will confirm the details of those candidates whose work will need to be sent in the sample. As in 2013, the moderator address details will only be available via the online system, and can be seen once marks have been submitted and the sample has been confirmed.
As in 2013, the relevant covering mark sheet and guidance notes (HUM2) can be downloaded and completed from the Internal Assessment / coursework forms page link. Please see the Controlled Assessment guidance and timeline document for a step-by-step guide to the process. N.B. There is no longer a need to complete a HUM1 form.
WJEC provides, and will continue to provide, GCSE Humanities qualifications which meet the needs of teachers and the requirements of regulators in both England and Wales.
Dates for internal assessment standardising CPD for the next academic year will be published shortly. Examination review will be provided online; further details will be issued in due course.
June 2012 Update - WJEC linear GCSE Humanities approved
In common with other awarding organisations, WJEC was recently asked to revise GCSE specifications to make the assessment linear. We are pleased to announce that WJEC linear GCSE specification in Humanities has been approved by the regulators. WJEC is offering both linear and unitised specifications.
- Centres in England will be required to use the linear GCSE specification from first award in 2014 (first teaching of two-year courses in September 2012).
- Centres in Wales can choose either linear or unitised specification from September 2012.
- The subject content remains the same; the only difference is that the linear assessment is taken at the end of the course only. You may view the specifications here (linear - unitised)
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- June 2011 - Raw Mark / UMS Conversion Table
- Controlled Assessment Mark Sheets and Guidance Notes for 2011
Unitised Specifications - GCSE
Video explaining entry and re-sit rules for GCSE unitised specifications:
Unitised Specifications - GCSE video
Continuing Professional Development
The 2010 CPD (INSET) material is available for teachers to access on the CPD section of the Secure Website. If you do not yet have access to the Secure Website, click here for further details.
Resources / Key documents
- All Documents
- Application form to become an examiner
- WJEC has produced guides to assist teachers with the introduction of the new GCSE Humanities course. There are two guides. One is focused on the examined units, the other is focused on controlled assessment. Final versions of the teacher guides are available here.
- GCSE Controlled Assessment Set Tasks 2014
- Centre devised exemplar of the controlled assessment.
- Advice on Entry codes - Humanities
- Past papers and marking schemes are available free of charge to teaching staff on our Secure Website.
- Further resources are available through our online Shop.
GCSE Unit Directory 2010-2012
The new GCSE Unit Directory . This provides you with information including the entry rules, tiering options as well as the UMS grade points for each Unit and the subject as a whole.
Information on how raw marks are converted to uniform marks may be found in the following document - Uniform Marks.
For further information, please contact
Andrew Owen - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5114
Robert Williams - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5313