WJEC 2017 Applied General (reformed)

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Environmental Science
WJEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Environmental Science
WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology
WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology
WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition
WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science
WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science
WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Statistical Problem Solving using Software
Countries
  • England
  • Wales
Purpose

These qualifications are listed on the DfE 16-19 performance tables in the Applied General category.

Applied General qualifications are designed to develop transferable knowledge and skills for 16-19 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning.

Applied General qualifications are recognised by at least three higher education providers as fulfilling entry requirements to a range of HE courses, either in their own right or alongside other Level 3 qualifications.

The purpose of the WJEC Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Environmental Science is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding, and skills in scientific principles to enable them to progress to higher education or employment in areas related to environmental science. The qualifications require learners to apply biological, chemical, and physical principles to environmental issues, and to provide solutions to environmental problems.

The WJEC Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Criminology has been designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge, understanding, and skills to progress to further study and training. The Certificate is designed to complement study in related subjects such as A level sociology, law and psychology, and provide an insight into the subject area with a view to further study or training in related subjects. It offers exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning for 16-19 year old learners and adult learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system.

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition has been designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge, understanding, and skills to progress to further study and training. It offers exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning for 16-19 year old learners and adult learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the food production industry.

The purpose of the WJEC Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Medical Science is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding, and skills in key scientific principles to support progression, to higher education or employment in areas of medical science, such as job roles in physiological sciences or clinical laboratory services. The qualification covers the key topic areas of health, physiology, and disease, as well as providing the opportunity to study the areas of pharmacology, physiological measurement, clinical testing, and medical research.

The purpose of the WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Statistical Problem Solving using Software is to assist the understanding of the problem-solving cycle of planning, collecting, processing, and discussing in meaningful contexts, and to use statistical software to process real data sets. It enables learners to use statistics to aid decision-making across numerous disciplines, including humanities, psychology, sociology, sciences, and business at Level 3. It also prepares those learners who wish to progress to higher education to study for qualifications which have embedded quantitative/statistical elements.

Education context

Following the Wolf review of vocational qualifications in England in 2011, the Departmnet for Education announced a number of characteristics that Level 3 Applied General qualifications have to demonstrate to feature in performance tables from 2016 onwards.

As a result, over 90% of the Level 3 qualifications previously recognised in performance tables are now not recognised.

The intention was to make reformed qualifications more rigorous and robust. As a result, they have to meet specific requirements in respect of purpose, size, recognition, content, assessment, and grading.

Between 2016 and 2018, awarding bodies have been permitted to phase in the reforms.

These qualifications meet the full requirements for reformed qualification.

These qualifications were introduced in 2015 and 2016, and are classified as Applied General qualifications.

Awarding organisation
  • WJEC
Qualification codes
601/4550/X (WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Environmental Science)
601/4551/1 (WJEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Environmental Science)
601/6249/1 (WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology)
601/6248/X (WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology)
601/4552/3 (WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition)
601/7651/9 (WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science)
601/7644/1 (WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science)
601/4546/8 (WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Statistical Problem Solving using Software)
Structure

All WJEC reformed Applied General qualifications are unitised qualifications normally taken over two years, with the following flexibilities. 

Learners taking Environmental Science have the option of achieving the Level 3 Extended Diploma if they have achieved the required units.

Learners in Criminology who complete the first year of study, comprising two units only, may be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Criminology, with the Diploma being awarded to learners who have completed the full four units.

Learners in Food Science and Nutrition who complete the first year of study only, may be awarded a Level 3 Certificate if they have completed and passed Unit 1 external and internal assessments.

Learners in Medical Science who complete the first year of study only, may be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science if they have achieved the required units.

Subject areas

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Environmental Science

Mandatory units:

  • 1. Managing energy for a sustainable future
  • 2. The living environment and conservation
  • 3. Monitoring our physical environment
  • 4. Scientific principles and the environment

WJEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Environmental Science

Mandatory units:

  • 1. Managing energy for a sustainable future
  • 2. The living environment and conservation
  • 3. Monitoring our physical environment
  • 4. Scientific principles and the environment
  • 5. Dealing with pollution
  • 8. Managing agriculture for a sustainable future
  • 9. Environmental impact analysis

Optional units (learner must select one):

  • 1. Climate change
  • 2.Transport systems and the environment

WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology

Mandatory units:

  • 1. Changing Awareness of Crime
  • 2. Criminological Theories

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology

Mandatory units:

  • 1. Changing Awareness of Crime
  • 2. Criminological Theories
  • 3. Crime Scene to Courtroom
  • 4. Crime and Punishment

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition

Mandatory units:

  • 1. Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups
  • 2. Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat

Optional units (learner must select one):

  • 1. Experimenting to Solve Food Production
  • 2. Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition

WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science

Mandatory units:

  • 1. Human health and disease
  • 2. Physiological measurement techniques
  • 3. Medical science research methods

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science

Mandatory units:

  • 1. Human health and disease
  • 2. Physiological measurement techniques
  • 3. Medical science research methods
  • 4. Medicines and treatment of disease
  • 5. Clinical laboratory techniques
  • 6. Medical case study

WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Statistical Problem Solving using Software

Mandatory units:

  • 1. Statistical Problem Solving using Software (internal)
  • 2. Statistical Problem Solving using Software (external)
Levels

Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

A levels are also Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework.

Level 3 is the same level as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.

Grading

Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* for WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Environmental Science, WJEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Environmental Science, WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition, and WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Statistical Problem Solving using Software.

A* – E for WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology and WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science.

A – E for WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology and WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science.

Assessment

To ensure assessment is rigorous and robust, all reformed Applied General qualifications must meet the following assessment criteria:

  • there must be a minimum of 40% external assessment.

  • there must be an element of synoptic assessment.

  • there are new rules for internal assessment, with only one opportunity to submit each assessment.

  • quality assurance of internal assessment must be rigorous

Internal units

Units are assessed using controlled assessment which follows the JCQ Principles for Controlled Assessment.

There are three stages of assessment that are controlled:

  • task setting

  • task taking

  • task marking

Task Setting

WJEC have produced model assignments for each unit. Centres are, however, allowed to modify the assignment within specified parameters.

Task Taking

There are five areas of task taking that are controlled: time, resources, supervision, collaboration, and resubmission.

Task Marking

All marking of evidence is made against the assessment criteria and performance band statements given in each unit specification.

External units (task-based)

An assignment will be produced each year, and will change on an annual basis. Learners may not collaborate during times when they are working on assessment tasks. The assessments will set out the resources required by learners. Each assessment will cover all learning outcomes for the unit. It will indicate which assessment criteria are targeted for the assessment. Marking will be according to the performance bands supplied by WJEC.

External units (examination)

The paper is based on the unit content and is also synoptic.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Environmental Science

The weightings of units are as follows:

  • 1. Managing energy for a sustainable future (24% of the qualification)
  • 2. The living environment and conservation (24% of the qualification)
  • 3. Monitoring our physical environment (24% of the qualification)
  • 4. Scientific principles and the environment (28% of the qualification)

WJEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Environmental Science

The weightings of units are as follows:

Mandatory units:

  • 1. Managing energy for a sustainable future (24% of the qualification)
  • 2. The living environment and conservation (24% of the qualification)
  • 3. Monitoring our physical environment (24% of the qualification)
  • 4. Scientific principles and the environment (28% of the qualification)
  • 5. Dealing with pollution (12% of the qualification)
  • 8. Managing agriculture for a sustainable future (12% of the qualification)
  • 9. Environmental impact analysis (14% of the qualification)

Optional units (learner must select one):

  • 1. Climate change (12% of the qualification)
  • 2. Transport systems and the environment (12% of the qualification)

WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology

Each unit is equally weighted, and each assessment contributes equally (50%) to the overall grade.

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology

Each unit is equally weighted, and each assessment contributes equally (25%) to the overall grade.


WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition

Each unit is equally weighted, and each assessment contributes equally (50%) to the overall grade.


WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science

The weightings of units are as follows:

  • Human health and disease (50% of the qualification)
  • Physiological measurement techniques (25% of the qualification)
  • Medical science research methods (25% of the qualification)

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science

The weightings of units are as follows:

  • Human health and disease (25% of the qualification)
  • Physiological measurement techniques (12.5% of the qualification)
  • Medical science research methods (12.5% of the qualification)
  • Medicines and treatment of disease (25% of the qualification)
  • Clinical laboratory techniques (12.5% of the qualification)
  • Medical case study (12.5% of the qualification)

WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Statistical Problem Solving using Software

The weightings of units are as follows:

  • Internal assessment (60% of the qualification)
  • External assessment (40% of the qualification)
Resit arrangements

Reformed qualifications are only allowed one resit opportunity for units. The resit must be a new task or assignment, different to the original assessment. Learners cannot improve previously submitted work.

Learners can retake the qualifications as a whole as many times as they wish within the shelf life of the qualifications.

Guided / notional learning hours
WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Environmental Science: 360 hours
WJEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Environmental Science: 720 hours
WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology: 180 hours
WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology: 360 hours
WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition: 360 hours
WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science: 180 hours
WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science: 360 hours
WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Statistical Problem Solving using Software: 180 hours
UCAS Tariff points

WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Environmental Science

Grade Points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16

WJEC Level 3 Applied Extended Diploma in Environmental Science

Grade Points
D* 112
D 96
M 64
P 32

WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology

Grade Points
A 24
B 20
C 16
D 12
E 8

WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology

Grade Points
A* 56
A 48
B 40
C 32
D 24
E 16

WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition

Grade Points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16

WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate in Medical Science

Grade Points
A 24
B 20
C 16
D 12
E 8

WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science

Grade Points
A* 56
A 48
B 40
C 32
D 24
E 16

WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate in Statistical Problem Solving Using Software

Grade Points
D* 28
D 24
M 16
P 8
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Applied General qualifications are rigorous advanced (Level 3) qualifications, mainly taken by 16-19 year old students who want to develop transferable knowledge and skills.

Applied General qualifications differ in size, some will meet the entry requirements for higher education in their own right, and some will be offered in conjunction with other Level 3 qualifications, for instance A levels.

The exact curriculum studied may depend on the choice of optional units taken, however, reformed qualifications require a specified core of at least 60%.

All Applied General qualifications have the endorsement of at least three higher education providers.

Applicants holding reformed Applied General qualifications will have had experience of external and synoptic assessment.

These qualifications have been available to learners since 2015. Learners usually combine these qualifications with other Level 3 studies such as GCE A levels.

Timing of assessments and results

Internal assessments can be submitted in June each year (also submitted in January for WJEC Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Environmental Science, and WJEC Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Medical Science). External assessment is available in June each year. Results are issued in August each year.

Qualification date
01 Sep 2015—31 Aug 2021 (dates applicable to WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Environmental Science, WJEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Environmental Science, WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology, WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology, and WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition)
01 Sep 2016—31 Aug 2021 (dates applicable to WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science, WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science, and WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Statistical Problem Solving using Software)
Certification information

The results of many UK qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).

  • A levels and results from larger awarding bodies are reported automatically

  • IB results are only reported with the candidate’s permission

  • Some results are not reported through ABL, this does not reflect the validity of the qualification.

View the results available through ABL.

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

Results for these qualifications are reported through ABL. Information on candidate numbers and grade distribution are made available on the WJEC website after the results are issued in August each year.

Progression information

These qualifications offer progression to a range of higher education courses.

Larger qualifications, like extended diplomas, will allow learners to progress directly to higher education.

Some qualifications will need to be offered in conjunction with other qualifications, like A levels.

This suite of qualifications has been designed to complement other Level 3 qualifications, for example, GCE A levels in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, sociology, law, psychology, physical education and business, and to support progression to higher level study.

Further information

Further information on the WJEC Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Environmental Science can be found at: www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/science/vocational/environmental-science-….

Further information on the WJEC Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Criminology can be found at:

www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/criminology/criminology-level-3-from-2015/index.html.

Further information on the WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition can be found at:

www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/food-science-and-nutrition/food-science-and-nutrition-level-3-from-2015.html.

Further information on the WJEC Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Medical Science can be found at: www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/science/vocational/medical-science-level-3.

Further information on the WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Statistical Problem Solving using Software can be found at: www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/statistical-problem-solving-using-software.