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Innovations Awards

Working in conjunction with the Welsh Government, the WJEC Innovations Awards encourage young people in Wales to be technologically innovative and appreciate the importance of design and technology.

Award Categories

GCSE Winner

AS Level Winner

A Level Winner

Creativity Category

Intellectual Property Category

CAD/CAM Category

From the 6 winners an overall winner will also be chosen.

For the GCSE, AS and A level categories, the prizes are:


£250 for the winning student and £150 for the centre


£150 for the winning student and £125 for the centre


£100 for the winning student and £100 for the centre

A look back at the 2018 Innovations Awards Ceremony

Students, teachers and parents from schools and colleges across the country gathered at the Senedd to find out the winners of the best inventions in the A level, AS level and GCSE categories. The ceremony was held on the 5th of December and was attended by Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Roderic Gilespie, WJEC Chief Executive.

Iwan Tomos, 19, from Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr in Swansea won the overall winner and A level prize for his ergometer – a piece of rowing equipment used to warm up, which was inspired by his own experience as a rower and designed to combat common problems his team and coaches had with the warm-up equipment they used. Further information on each winner is available from our latest news section.

Innovations 2018

Exhibition Days

Exhibition Dates - Cardiff 1st and 2nd October / Bangor 22nd and 23rd October

The event will give industrialists, teachers and students the opportunity to see the best work of students aged 16 – 18 in Wales. The most innovative projects of 80 students at GCSE, AS and A level will be showcased and team of distinguished judges will select a winner at each level as well as an overall winner.

There is something for everyone at this year's Innovation Awards. Students can attend short seminars/talks on important aspects of design and innovation, meet representatives from Industry and Higher Education. There is also an opportunity and enhance their knowledge by analysing marked A level past paper questions.

There will also be a range of teacher seminars to help teachers prepare students for the new assessment criteria. Teachers are asked to inform the board of their intention to attend any teacher seminar by e-mailing steve.howells@wjec.co.uk and to simply state their name, title, centre name and title and the date and seminar they wish to attend. Please note, booking for student seminars/talks is not required for this event.

Centres are invited to bring students from years 10, 11, 12 and 13 to view exhibition and attend the talks.

Quotes from previous Innovations Awards

The awards are a fantastic way of recognising and celebrating the success of our students in Wales. We were overwhelmed by the standard of entries this year and would like to congratulate our award winners for their outstanding work."

Steve Howells
WJEC Design and Technology Subject Officer

The Innovation Awards recognises the very best in creativity and design amongst the many talented students we have in Wales. Encouraging innovation is one of the best ways in which we can ensure a strong, sustainable economic future for Wales. I congratulate all those who have taken part in the competition and it is very encouraging to see such a high standard of entries."

Edwina Hart
Minister for Economy, Science and Transport


University of Wales Trinity Saint David - Swansea College of Art

UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art is situated in the heart of Swansea, one of the UK’s most vibrant yet affordable student cities. Our extensive range of art and design courses occupy the new £14 million ALEX Design Exchange building and the £10 million Dynevor Centre in the heart of Swansea’s Arts Quarter. We have been providing art and design education since 1853 and today we continue to offer exciting contemporary design courses including Automotive Design, Transport Design, Product Design, Set Design, 3D Design Craft, Surface Pattern Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Advertising & Brand Design, Computer Games Design and 3D Computer Animation.

We have dedicated design studios with individual student workspaces, cutting edge workshops and technical facilities and a highly motivated and passionate team of staff who support and encourage you to be creative, forward thinking designers. So, if you have the ambition and talent to be a designer and want to make a real and tangible impact on the world around you then visit our website and take a look at the courses we have to offer or speak to our staff and student ambassadors at the WJEC Innovations Awards event.




Contact Us

For competition enquiries:

Steve Howells – DT Subject Officer
029 2026 5017

For sponsorship enquiries:

Jonathan Thomas - PR Manager
029 2026 5102