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Accredited Specifications and Specimen Assessment Materials for Wales (for first teaching from 2015) are now available.

  • Continuing Professional Development - We are holding a series of CPD courses from the autumn term to support teachers delivering GCSE English Language. Book your place by clicking the course link below:

WJEC GCSE English Language - Approaches to Teaching (Wales Centres Only)

WJEC GCSE English for One Year Courses - Preparing to Teach (Further Education Centres in Wales)

Controlled Assessment

Controlled Assessment samples - checklist for centres in Wales

Controlled Assessment samples - checklist for centres in England


Our dedicated Educational Resources team are working in close consultation with teachers and sector leads to produce a range of exciting, diverse and engaging material to support our new GCSE English Language qualification.

Take a look at the existing resources we have for English.

i.e. Magazine

Welcome to the thirteenth issue of i.e. WJEC's online English magazine. Please let us know what you think!

All issues of i.e. are available on the i.e. webpage.

Key Features of WJEC Provision

  • Direct email contact with subject officers and administrative support
  • Regular updates via e-mail bulletins webpages
  • Straightforward, efficient administration
  • CPD offered across England and Wales
  • Teaching and learning resources available from secure website
  • Past papers and marking schemes available from secure website
  • Item level data available from secure website

Featured documents:

Subject bulletins

Important dates

Linear assessment

In common with other awarding organisations, WJEC was asked to revise GCSE specifications for centres in England to make the assessment linear.
Frequently Asked Questions - linear assessment
JCQ Notice to centres: Changes to GCSE specifications in England

Strengthened GCSE English Literature for assessment from 2015

We are pleased to inform you that WJEC's strengthened GCSE English Literature specification for first award in 2015 has been accredited. A leaflet detailing the changes and giving the answers to a number of questions teachers may ask is available. In addition, the amended specification, sample assessment materials and Teachers' Guides may be found on the GCSE English Related Documents webpage.

Controlled Assessment

Controlled Assessment Exemplar Material (with marks and commentary provided by the Principal Moderator) is now available.

For further information, please contact:

Nancy Hutt - Subject Officer, GCSE English / English Language (Out of Wales only)
Telephone: 029 2026 5023
E-mail: gcseenglish@wjec.co.uk

Guy Melhuish - Subject Officer, GCSE English Language (Wales only)
Telephone: 029 2026 5179
E-mail: gcseenglish@wjec.co.uk

Julia Harrison - Subject Officer, GCSE English Literature
Telephone: 029 2026 5374
E-mail: gcseenglish@wjec.co.uk

Matt Oatley - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5054
E-mail: gcseenglish@wjec.co.uk

Lewis Beecham - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5051
E-mail: gcseenglish@wjec.co.uk

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