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

WJEC offers Home Economics courses at GCSE and Entry Level. The suite of qualifications has proved popular with centres for a number of reasons. These include:

  • the clarity of the specifications and assessment material,
  • the quality of INSET Professional Development provision,
  • the reliability of examining and moderation,
  • the approachability of WJEC staff.

NEW: WJEC linear GCSE Home Economics 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 the WJEC linear GCSE specifications in Home Economics have 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 course. You may view the revised specifications here:  Home Economics (Child Development); Home Economics (Food and Nutrition); Home Economics (Textiles).

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 examinations 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

NEW: GCSE Home Economics - Raw/UMS grade boundaries.


Uniform Marks (UMS)

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

For further information, please contact:

Karen Evans- Subject Officer 
Telephone: 029 2026 5092 E-mail:

Gemma Edwards - Subject Support Officer 
Telephone: 029 2026 5115

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