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Applied Science Pathways

Centres should note that June 2017 will be the final opportunity for candidates to sit and therefore cash-in their results.

The qualifications are based upon the Qualification & Credit Framework (QCF) which is a way for candidates to study credit-based units which suit their individual needs and maximising use of their talents in a subject area. The QCF sets out to create and accredit qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It aims to be accessible to a wide range of candidates within the vocational qualifications system.

Units and qualifications based upon QCF are:

• transferable
• flexible
• quality assured
• easy to understand
• geared towards progression.

There are two Applied Science qualifications each at level 1 and level 2:

WJEC Pathways Applied Science.

WJEC Pathways Science for Work.

Applied Science Units

Units that can be used for the Applied Science and Science for Work qualifications can be found here.


(October 2016)

Join Our Team: Become an Examiner or Moderator

We are currently recruiting examiners and moderators for GCSE, AS/A level and/or Level 1/Level 2 qualifications for next summer's examination series. If you have at least two years teaching experience and would like to apply, please create an account to complete the online application process.

For more information on becoming an examiner, including vacancies and benefits, please visit our appointees page.

(April 2014)

Please note that Model Assignments are available to download from the Secure Website. Please go to: Resources PDF Download/ Controlled Assessment Materials.

(December 2013)

If you need to understand the difference between the Pathways QCF and IVQ Level 1/2 Award qualifications please read these documents:
FAQ Applied Science
FAQ Science for Work.

(November 2013)

Please find a checklist for Moderation. This checklist provides a list of all the materials you will need before submitting your work to be moderated.

(October 2013)

Discount Codes
Centres are advised to check on the potential impact that new discount codes may have on the way performance measures for the schools are measured in 2014. In some cases, this may affect the combination of science qualifications centres offer to candidates. Discount codes are centrally set by DfE. Further information on discount codes is now available.

Important Information for Centres in Wales.

Please note that Applied Science (level 2) and Science for Work (level 2) both count towards level 2 performance indicators in Wales but not towards Core Subject Indicator (CSI). More information is available on the DAQW website.

(September 2013)

An updated version of the 'Applied Science candidate grade tracker' is available. This is an optional tool you can use to track your candidate grades as part of your class records.

(August 2013)

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.

(December 2011)

The following qualifications are now accredited:

WJEC Pathways Level 1 Certificate Applied Science (QCF) QAN 600/3739/8

WJEC Pathways Level 1 Certificate In Science for Work (QCF) QAN 600/4421/4

WJEC Pathways Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science (QCF) QAN 600/4187/0

WJEC Pathways Level 2 Certificate In Science for Work (QCF) QAN 600/4188/2 

For further information, please contact:

Llinos Wood - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5384
E-mail: llinos.wood@wjec.co.uk

Sarah Price - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5103
E-mail: Sarah.Price@wjec.co.uk

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