CCEA launches new qualifications at Balmoral Show

The Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) is showcasing two new industry relevant qualifications at the Balmoral Show – GCSE Agriculture and Land Use and A Level Environmental Technology.

It’s the first time CCEA has exhibited at the show and CEO Richard Hanna commented.

"Northern Ireland has a strong rural tradition. Almost 75 percent of land here is used for agricultural purposes. The agri-food industry contributes hugely to the local economy, representing employment for around 50,000 people in farms and factories and the agri-food sector. So where better a place to showcase our pioneering new qualifications than amongst the energetic surroundings of Northern Ireland’s largest agricultural show."

CCEA’s new GCSE in Agriculture and Land Use is designed to appeal, not only to young people from the changing agricultural sector, but also those who are interested in working within the wider land-based and environmental industries.

This applied course explores a wide variety of areas including farming, food production and land management and has been designed to enable students to progress into careers in the agri-food industry.

The new A Level in Environmental Technology has been designed to enhance understanding of environmental and sustainability issues. A science based qualification, it examines the impact of declining fossil fuel supplies, renewable energy sources; waste management processes and investigates the environmental performance of buildings. It will provide students with the knowledge and skills to progress into a variety of careers in Northern Ireland’s booming engineering and manufacturing industries.

Both of these courses have received widespread support from teachers, students and industry leaders with Basil Bayne from Harper Adams University in Ireland, commenting:

"The Northern Ireland Agri-food industry is expanding and offers exciting career opportunities. The GCSE in Agriculture provides for those from a rural background with a farming interest a firm foundation to progress to further and higher education, and a career in the agricultural industry."

CCEA will be promoting their new GCSE Agriculture and Land Use and GCE Environmental Technology qualifications at the 2014 Balmoral Show from 14 – 16 May 2014, at stand AP 22 in the Agri-Business Pavillion.

Note to Editors

Media enquiries to MarComms, Mobile 07718 424 373, Email marcomms@ccea.org.uk