Frequently Asked Questions

What will assessments look like in 2021-22?

I’m studying a new Wales-only Vocational Qualification in Health and Social Care or Childcare. What are the arrangements for my qualification in 2021-22?

City & Guilds and WJEC have put in place arrangements for learners completing the new approved qualifications in Health and Social Care and Childcare during 2021-22. These arrangements help to reduce the impact of disruption to teaching and assessment caused by Covid-19.

Arrangements for the Core and Practice qualifications in Health and Social Care and Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development will continue to be available until 31 August 2022 for learners currently studying for these qualifications or starting up until 31 March 2022.  The adaptations available include a reduction in the number of assessments that must be completed, verbal question and answer for the case study assessments, and remote invigilation for the on-screen multiple choice assessment.   

Full details about the adaptations for the new suite of Wales-only qualifications in Health and Social Care and Childcare for 2021-22 can be found on the Health and Care Learning Wales website.

 

I’m studying a Health and Social Care or Childcare qualification with 'Wales' or 'Wales and Northern Ireland' in the title. What are the arrangements for my qualification in 2021-22?

The awarding bodies offering Health and Social Care and Childcare qualifications for Wales and Northern Ireland have agreed consistent adaptations for learners completing during 2021-22. 

The adaptations, including a list of the relevant qualifications, can be found here. If your qualification is not included in this document, or if you would like to find out more about the adaptations, then please contact your centre or awarding body.

I’m studying an Essential Skills Wales qualification. What are the arrangements for my qualification?

After 31 August 2021, most adaptations to Essential Skills Wales assessments will remain in place. However, centres will no longer be able to use other work to determine whether you have passed your Essential Skills Wales qualification.   

From 1 November 2021, the controlled tasks will be reintroduced for learners taking Essential Application of Number Skills or Essential Communication Skills at levels 1 to 3. The controlled tasks may be taken remotely without formal supervision.

Full details about the adaptations for Essential Skills Wales qualifications for 2021-22 can be found here.

 

 

 

I am a private candidate, what do I need to do?

If you are not registered with a centre, you can look for a centre now to make your exam entry and also discuss with them their approach to contingency arrangements. The deadline for centres to make entries to WJEC is 21 February but it is important that you contact a centre about entering you well in advance of this deadline to ensure that they can accommodate you for the qualification(s) that you wish to take. If you are already registered with a centre, you may wish to discuss their approach to contingency arrangements if exams were cancelled.

How will private candidates be assessed if exams are cancelled?

Some private candidates might be assessed throughout the year, as per our overall guidance, and the centre can use these assessments as evidence to produce a centre determined grade if the contingency arrangements are implemented. However, if the private candidate is unable to do this, we are exploring how these assessments could be taken over a shorter period of time in the academic year.

What if I am a private candidate and I need reasonable adjustments?

You should discuss this with the centre before asking them to make your entry.

 

What else would you like to know?

Email your question to comms@qualificationswales.org