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Home Economics GCSE

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WJEC offers Home Economics courses at GCSE and Entry Level. The suite of qualifications has proved popular with teachers because of the flexibility of the assessment, the clarity of the specifications and the quality of CPD training.

Specifications, support material and additional information can be found on the specific page for the qualification. 

Latest News

**New **

Reform update for GCSE Home Economics: Child Development
Wales Centres Only - Qualification extension

We are pleased to confirm that, in Wales, the end date for our current GCSE Home Economics Child Development has been extended.  The final award will now be in 2020. Centres may therefore continue to use the existing specification for two-year courses up to and including first teaching from September 2018.  The last starting date for three year courses will be September 2017.

In England the specification will be awarded for the last time in 2018.

**New **

New controlled assessment tasks have been produced for cohorts beginning the specification from September 2016.  These are available on the Child Development subject page.

For centres in England: Accredited WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Food Preparation and Nutrition (for teaching from 2016)

Through our Eduqas brand, WJEC has developed a reformed GCSE (9-1) Food Preparation and Nutrition qualification, regulated by Ofqual, for teaching from 2016. This qualification meets regulatory requirements in England and has been accredited by Ofqual. The specification can be found on the Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Food Preparation and Nutrition page.

Qualification end dates

GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition will be awarded for the last time in summer 2017.

GCSE Home Economics: Child Development will be awarded for the last time in England in summer 2018.
GCSE Home Economics: Child Development will be awarded for the last time in Wales in summer 2020.

GCSE Home Economics: Textiles will be awarded for the last time in summer 2018.

Key Features of WJEC Provision 

  • Direct email contact with subject officers and administrative support
  • Straightforward, efficient administration
  • Teaching and learning resources available from secure website
  • Past papers and marking schemes available from secure website
  • Item level data available from secure website
  • Regular updates via e-mail bulletins webpages

ALL centres in England are required to use linear GCSE specifications from first award in 2014. 

The subject content remains exactly the same.  The only difference is that the linear specifications all examinations must be taken at the end of course.

In Wales, centres are able to choose to follow either of the two options available: 

  • linear specifications (first award summer 2014), where candidates sit all their examinations at the end of the course
  • existing unitised specifications where assessment may be taken in separate units at stages during the course as is currently the case 

For further information, please contact:

Karen Evans- Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5320
E-mail: Karen.evans@wjec.co.uk

Tania Lucas - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5343
E-mail: Tania.lucas@wjec.co.uk

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GCSE Home Economics Examiners' Report Summer 2016

Principal Examiners' Report

The Summer 2016 Principal Examiners' reports provide feedback on this Summer's examination series. The reports include helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next examination series.

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