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

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. 

Innovation 2014

This prestigious event is a showcase exhibition and competition for the most innovative project work at A level and GCSE in Design & Technology.

Student Guide

WJEC linear GCSE Design and Technology 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 Design and Technology has been approved by the regulators.

The subject content remains exactly the same. The only difference is that in linear specifications all examinations must be taken at the end of the course. You may view the revised specifications here.

Main points:

  • All centres in England will be required to use linear GCSE specifications from first award in 2014 (first teaching of two-year courses in September 2012).
  • In Wales, centres will be able to choose to follow either of the two options available for courses starting from September 2012:
    • linear specifications (first award summer 2014), where candidates sit all their exams at the end of the course
    • existing unitised specifications where assessment may be taken in separate units at stages during the course as is currently the case
  • WJEC is offering both linear and unitised specifications.
  • The content of the two options is the same; the only difference is that in linear assessment all examinations must be taken at the end of the course.

Controlled Assessment

The controlled assessment briefs for 2013/2014 are now available.

Continuing Professional Development

The online exam review materials for Summer 2013 are now available on the WJEC Online Exam Review website.

New Specification Resources

Free interactive resources that follow the new GCSE Specifications in Design and Technology.

Food Technology
Graphic Products
Resistant Materials Technology
Systems & Control
Textiles Technology
Product Design

Unitised Specifications - GCSE

Video explaining entry and re-sit rules for GCSE unitised specifications:
Unitised Specifications - GCSE video 

Uniform Marks (UMS)

Information on how raw marks are converted to uniform marks may be found in the following document - Uniform Marks. 

Useful Documents

Course content 

A GCSE course in Design and Technology offers an opportunity for candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests.

As a fundamental part of their course, candidates should design and make products.

Design and Technology develops candidates’ interdisciplinary skills, all six of the key skills, and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Howells - Subject Officer 
Telephone: 029 2026 5017
E-mail: steve.howells@wjec.co.uk

Rhodri Jenkins - Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5118
E-mail: rhodri.jenkins@wjec.co.uk

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