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WJEC provides, and will continue to provide, GCE and GCSE Art & Design qualifications which meet the needs of teachers and the requirements of regulators in both England and Wales.

Specification details

This specification offers a practical course with maximum opportunities for a stimulating experience of creativity and art, craft and design making activities.

Particular features are seven areas of study. Refer to page 8 of the specification for individual classification codes.

  • Art, Craft & Design
  • Fine Art
  • Critical & Contextual Studies
  • Textile Design
  • Graphic Communication
  • 3D Design
  • Photography Lens and Light based media) 

For the Advanced Subsidiary each area of study will entail:

  • ART1 Candidate Portfolio 60%
  • ART2 Controlled Assignment 40%

For the Advanced each area of study will entail:

  • ART3 Personal Investigation 60%
  • ART4 Controlled Assignment 40% (including Stretch and Challenge)

ART1 Candidate Portfolio and ART3 Personal Investigation

A coherent body of work which must be selected and presented by the candidate for moderation.

ART2/ART4 Controlled Assignment

This will incorporate both visual and written stimuli (refer to the specimen assessment materials or past papers).  All work must be selected and presented by the candidate for moderation.  Candidates entered for an area of study other than Art, Craft & Design must complete ART1 and ART2 from the same area of study e.g. a candidate entered for textiles Design must submit both units in textiles etc. If the units are from different areas of study then the candidate must be entered for Art, Craft & Design.  In all areas of study, the ART1 Candidate Portfolio must show breadth of processes and educational experiences.

Remember, that if a candidate progresses to the Advanced course, they must continue with the same area of study that they entered for AS.  It is advisable that, in the Controlled Assignments candidates should not select processes or techniques that they have not covered during their studies.  All work is moderated by a centre professional visit.


WJEC and Cardiff's Ffotogallery have developed a new, bilingual online website to enrich and design education in Wales. The new website - Lightbox - has been developed to support GCSE and GCE Art and Design studies, and to improve understanding of comtemporary art practice.

Lightbox Website

Continuing Professional Development

The internal assessment standardising continuing professional development programme for the 2013 – 2014 academic year is now open for bookings. These events are free of charge, but please note that attendance is limited to one member of staff per centre for each subject. Additional members of staff may attend on payment of a £30 per head administration fee.

Principal Examiners' Report

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.

Uniform marks (UMS)

Information on how raw marks are converted to Uniform Marks.

Grade boundaries and UMS/Raw Mark Conversion tables.

For further information, please contact:

Mari Bradbury - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5138

Mike Saltmarsh - Subject Support Officer 
Telephone: 029 2026 5005

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