WJEC (exam board)

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Purpose Examination board
Headquarters Cardiff, Wales
Region served
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Website www.wjec.co.uk

WJEC (WJEC CBAC Ltd.), formerly the Welsh Joint Education Committee, is an examination board providing examinations, professional development and educational resources to schools and colleges across the UK.


WJEC was established as a consortium of Welsh Local Education Authorities. It is now a registered charity, and a company limited by guarantee, led by a group trustees drawn from the local authorities in Wales and independents from both England and Wales. The organisation is based in Cardiff with a subsidiary company, WJEC CBAC Services Limited, providing specialist printing and publication services. WJEC is run on a day-to-day basis by a Senior Management Team with experience in both the education and commercial sectors.


The headquarters of WJEC in Cardiff

WJEC’s qualifications include traditional academic and work-related subjects at Entry Level, GCSE and AS/A Level, as well as Functional Skills and Key Skills. As competition between examination boards on qualifications syllabi and educational standards for GCSE and A Levels is often discussed in the media, WJEC was interrogated by the British House of Commons on this matter and published a written declaration where it responded to the questions asked by the UK Parliament.[1]

Qualifications in England

In the future, WJEC plans to offer all reformed qualifications through a dedicated brand: Eduqas. The new brand has been developed as a response to diverging qualifications between England and Wales. Existing specifications being taught in schools and colleges in England will continue to be branded WJEC. As and when these qualifications are reformed, they will be labelled Eduqas. Eventually the WJEC brand will be used only for general qualifications (GCSEs, AS and A levels) regulated by the Welsh Government.

Qualifications in Wales

WJEC will continues to provide a full suite of Welsh Government regulated qualifications to all state schools and colleges in Wales. Independent schools in Wales may choose between qualifications regulated by Welsh Government or those regulated by the Government of the United Kingdom. WJEC also collaborates with the University of Cambridge to offer educational qualifications.[2]

New look GCSEs, AS/A levels and Vocational Qualifications have been developed to incorporate the changes as outlined by the Welsh Government in their own series of reforms.

WJEC also provides the Welsh Baccalaureate as part of their portfolio.The Welsh Baccalaureate offers a programme of study incorporating working with employers, community activities, individual investigations and key skills, as well as students’ GCSEs, GNVQs or A level studies.

They also provide a suite of examinations specifically designed for adults who wish to learn Welsh.

Professional development[edit]

Main entrance

WJEC runs a programme of professional development with their subject specialists and Chief or Principal Examiners throughout England and Wales.

Supporting Resources[edit]

WJEC offers more than 13,000 past papers, mark schemes and marked exemplars free of charge via their website.

WJEC offers an extensive bank of bilingual digital resources available via their dedicated resources website. These resources have been developed in consultation with teachers and sector leaders to ensure they meet the needs of the learner.

WJEC’s also provides an Online Exam Review (OER) in order to provide instant exam results analysis.

National Youth Arts Wales[edit]

WJEC manages the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and National Youth Theatre of Wales. These are part of National Youth Arts Wales, supported by WJEC in partnership with Tŷ Cerdd.

CILT Cymru[edit]

WJEC provides support to CILT Cymru, the national centre on foreign language teaching and intercultural skills in Wales.

Welsh for Adults[edit]

WJEC provides a suite of resources for adults learning Welsh, which give candidates the opportunity to show their speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities at different levels.


WJEC provides an Online Bookshop, as well as a Cardiff Bookshop as part of their local offices.

Online Bookshop

WJEC’s Online Bookshop offers a range of educational resources for teachers and students including:

  • Reference books
  • Past papers
  • Set texts
  • Specifications, past papers, mark schemes (many of which are now free of charge online)
  • Support materials for WJEC examinations

You can access the online bookshop here

Cardiff Bookshop

Here, in additional to the range of educational materials available, WJEC provides greeting cards, gifts and children’s educational toys. Parking is also available. The book shop is open Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 5.00pm, Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Address: WJEC Bookshop, 245 Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YX


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