CCEA welcomes Minister's decisions on A levels in Northern Ireland

The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education, John O'Dowd, on arrangements for A levels in Northern Ireland.

CCEA Chief Executive Richard Hanna commented:

"The Minister has provided timely direction which will provide greater clarity and reassurance for teachers, students and the wider community.

We welcome the decision to remove the January series of A level examinations, which Principals have told us increasingly eats into valuable teaching time. The decision to maintain the linkage of the AS level to the full GCE A level is also welcomed.

The announcement comes as CCEA moves in to the final phase of a review examining potential future options for GCSE and A level qualifications in Northern Ireland."

Mr Hanna continued:

"This is the final phase of the review of GCSE and A levels as commissioned by the Education Minister in Autumn 2012. We're really keen that all individuals and groups with views on this issue have the opportunity to influence the advice that we will present to the Minister at the end of June.

The online survey closes on 31 May, so the next few weeks will be the last chance to comment on the current CCEA review of GCSEs and A levels."

To have your say on the future of GCSE and A Level qualifications in Northern Ireland visit the CCEA website – – and follow the link from the homepage to the survey.

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