This part of the website is for exam officers in schools, colleges and other institutions which enter candidates for WJEC examinations.
JCQ Notice to Centres - Important changes to the June 2020 GCE A level and GCSE timetables (7 November 2019)
As a result of examination breaches in 2019, security arrangements have been increased for 2020. This has resulted in changes to the 2020 summer series GCE A level and GCSE timetables (this does not include our Vocational awards and certificates).
- On 3 and 10 June 2020, all examinations (including GCE A level mathematics) originally scheduled in the mornings will change to the afternoon.
- On 3 and 10 June 2020, all examinations scheduled in the afternoon will change to the morning.
Further information is available in the JCQ notice to centres.
November Examinations 2019
The following documents relating to the November series are available for download:
The November 2019 examinations administration document (available from the homepage of our secure website) contains information regarding the administration of the November series, including information regarding contingency planning. Further information regarding contingency planning is available here.
This section provides information regarding results including grade boundaries and guides to results. It also includes information about post-results services and appeals.
Results and Grade Boundaries
Results are issued electronically to centres via our secure website and by EDI on the day before publication of results day. Further information about results and what to expect on results day is available in our Guide to Results documents, linked to below.
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Grade boundaries are the minimum number of marks needed to achieve each grade. Whilst exam papers are written to the same level of difficulty, they do vary each year. Grade boundaries ensure that whenever the exam is sat, students receive the same grade for the same level of performance.
For unitised specifications, grade boundaries are expressed on a Uniform Mark Scale (UMS). UMS grade boundaries remain the same every year as the range of UMS mark percentages allocated to a particular grade does not change. UMS grade boundaries are published at overall subject and unit level.
For linear specifications, a single grade is awarded for the overall subject, rather than for each component/unit that contributes towards the overall grade. Grade boundaries are published on results day.
The 'notional' grade boundaries for each component are also available. Component boundaries are 'notional' and intended only as a guide, they are not official grades.
You can access our UMS Grade Converter here
Current grade boundaries are available here.
Grade boundaries for past examinations are held on the 'Results Statistics' area of our website.
Following the publication of results for each examination series, WJEC offers a range of post-results services including:
Clerical re-check - a re-check of clerical procedures leading to the issue of a result
Post-results review of marking - a review of the original marking to ensure that the agreed mark scheme has been applied correctly
Access to scripts – an electronic version of the script, either as a priority or non-priority service
Post-results review of moderation
Advice and guidance is available in the following documents:
WJEC follows the same procedures in January as the JCQ procedures for the June and November series.
If you wish to submit an application for a review or apply for access to scripts, centres can do this online via WJEC's secure website.
If private candidates have concerns about their examination results and wish to make an application for a review or if they wish to apply for access to scripts, they should contact their entering centre for advice. Private candidates may also apply to WJEC directly by requesting an application form from firstname.lastname@example.org
WJEC follows the JCQ processes on appeals as documented in the JCQ 'Guide to the awarding bodies' appeals processes'.
Our 'Appeals – A guide for centres' document outlines WJEC's processes for appeals concerning enquiries about results, malpractice, access arrangements, special consideration and other examination and assessment administrative decisions.
Our 'During the Examinations' pages provides help and guidance to examinations officers on issues and potential difficulties which can occur during each examination series. The information is available here here.
Cashing in WJEC GCSE Full and Short Course Religious Studies and ICT Qualifications
For more information and guidance on the process please visit the e-submission webpage.
Reviews of marking – centre assessed marks
For the June 2018 series onwards, all learners must be provided with the marks of their centre-marked assessments and be able to request a review of the centre's marking prior to marks being submitted to WJEC.
JCQ regulations have been updated accordingly, and notices regarding reviews of marking have been issued. Frequently Asked Questions are included in the JCQ document 'Notice to centres – informing candidates of their centre assessed marks'
JCQ Centre Admin Portal
The new JCQ Centre Admin Portal (CAP) is now live, enabling centres to complete the following tasks online:
- Notify the relevant JCQ Centre Inspection Services of their intention to conduct examinations at an Alternative site.
- Apply for Centre consortium arrangements.
- Apply for Transferred candidates arrangements.
- Report on candidates who were admitted very late to the examination room (Very late arrival).
- Apply for Access arrangements and order Modified Papers.
The portal is accessed via the WJEC secure website, by selecting the 'JCQ Centre Admin Portal' option from the menu bar.
Malpractice and Whistleblowing
If you believe that you have witnessed malpractice in examinations or assessments, please review the information on our malpractice page and contact us immediately.
WJEC follows the JCQ processes on Malpractice as documented in the JCQ "Suspected Malpractice in Examinations and Assessments" guide.
Our Malpractice - "A Guide for Centres" document outlines WJEC processes and provides advice and guidance.
WJEC Final and provisional timetables can be found on our Key Dates and Timetables page.
WJEC secure website
The WJECs secure website (available only to examination centres and for which separate registration is required) offers a range of additional materials, including past papers free of charge, and enables exam officers to conduct certain online transactions.
A wide range of documentation relating to common administrative processes across all general qualification awarding bodies can be found on the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) website.
Exam Officer Support
There are membership organisations that offer support to exams officers.
Wales Centre Support Team
Qualifications Wales's Centre Support Team are a regionally-based team who maintain close relationships with examination officers, teachers and SLT in centres in Wales.
Unitised Specifications - GCSE
Video explaining entry and re-sit rules for GCSE unitised specifications:
Unitised Specifications - GCSE video