We have some general and subject-specific updates and information that you may need as you begin this new academic year:
As announced by Qualifications Wales in May 2022, WJEC will be providing Advanced Information (AI) for written external assessments. This will be released in the spring term and will follow a very similar format to previous series. To reiterate, this is to help focus learners’ revision, with the aim of covering all specification content in teaching and learning of these externally assessed units.
The adaptations as published for Summer 2022 are now not applicable to these units. Unit 2 now includes the second task in addition to returning to the full recommended assessment time. For Unit 4 there is the expectation that all sub-bullets are now included, and the recommended time allowed for the assessment returns to 25 hours.
We have produced some additional resources which you may not have seen:
(i) Textbooks for candidates, covering the full specification can be purchased online on Amazon:
Teacher books covering the whole specification are also available online.
(ii) Log on to the WJEC secure website to access all of the previous CPD resources. Here you will find lots of additional support materials designed for teachers to aid delivery of the qualification.
(iii) Exam and NEA Walk-Throughs – written by Subject Officers, Principal Examiners and Principal Moderators. Aimed at learners, these materials offer practical hints and tips on how to effectively approach questions in examination papers and preparing for NEA. The PPTs with audio help and audio script in the notes will ‘walk learners through’ a mock examination paper, helping them revise and practise useful exam techniques and provide a step-by-step guide to preparing and presenting NEA work. Learners can ‘walk-through’ each PPT in a single sitting, tackle one or two sections at a time or revisit some parts of the presentation to reinforce learning.
(iv) Knowledge Organisers – very useful for content delivery or revision for learners, or as a useful starting point for teachers to create their own knowledge organisers.
We are delighted to be offering face-to-face full day CPD in Autumn 2022 – these will be expert-led interactive sessions. We are looking forward to seeing you all and being able to give you feedback on the 2022 series, highlight the good practice we have seen and advise you on delivery, marking of assessments and sharing resources. There is also an alternative online option for those who prefer this medium or are unable to attend the face-to-face sessions.
Summer 2022 series – the Principal Examiner/Principal moderator reports are now available online, and we highly recommend you read these carefully (and your centre reports available on results day) as they offer helpful observations and commentary on candidates’ performance this series that could help future learners moving forward.
Subject Support Officer