WJEC, previously the Welsh Joint Education Committee, was established in 1948 as a consortium of local education authorities in Wales. It is now a registered charity, and a company limited by guarantee, owned by the 22 local authorities in Wales. A subsidiary company, WJEC CBAC Services Limited, provides specialist printing and publication services.
WJEC provides examinations, assessment, professional development, educational resources, support for adults who wish to learn Welsh and access to youth arts activities. It also provides examinations throughout England as well as Wales.
WJEC’s qualifications include a range of traditional academic and work-related subjects at Entry Level, GCSE and AS/A Level, as well as Functional and Key/Essential Skills.
WJEC provides the Welsh Baccalaureate to schools in Wales at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels. It offers an innovative programme of study incorporating working with employers, community activities, individual investigations and key skills, as well as students’ GCSEs, GNVQs or A level studies.
Our suite of examinations specifically designed for adults who wish to learn Welsh is complemented by a range of resources which are available from our Shop.
Our educational resources
Textbooks, literature texts and other reading books for classroom use and for Welsh speakers and learners can be bought online or in person through the WJEC Shop.
Some materials support the Cwricwlwm Cymreig, a uniquely Welsh perspective on the National Curriculum, and are suitable for use in English and Welsh-medium schools in Wales.
WJEC manages the National Grid for Learning Cymru, which provides free online teaching resources in English and Welsh through its interactive website www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk
Professional development with WJEC
WJEC runs a programme of high quality professional development with our subject specialists and Chief or Principal Examiners. Day-long in-service training is provided at hotels and conference centres throughout England and Wales.
WJEC also provides Professional Development courses for teachers of Welsh at primary and secondary level, and for those teaching subjects through the medium of Welsh. This service is available under the National Welsh Inset Programmes.
National Youth Arts Wales
As part of an agreement between WJEC and local authorities in Wales, WJEC manages the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Wales and National Youth Theatre of Wales.
These are part of National Youth Arts Wales, supported by WJEC in partnership with the Welsh Amateur Music Federation.