GCSE Availability and Grading

Following the statement on changes to GCSE qualifications made by Peter Weir MLA, Minister of Education, CCEA outlines timescales for the changes announced and the work that will be undertaken by CCEA both in its regulatory and Awarding Organisation functions.

Availability
From September 2016 schools will have access to all GCSE qualifications graded 9 to 1, with the exceptions of English Language and Science specifications. These exceptions have been made by the Minister as he believes that:

  • with GCSE English Language the assessment of Speaking and Listening should be included and contribute towards the overall grades awarded; and
  • with GCSE Sciences, in line with policy decision taken at A Level, the assessment of practical skills should be included and contribute towards the overall grades awarded.

Please go to the QualsNI section to view the detail on the phasing in of GCSEs graded 9 to 1.

QualsNI ccea.org.uk/regulation/qualsni

Grading
For the revised CCEA GCSEs that will be available for first teaching from September 2017 the A* to G grading system will remain, with the following changes:

  • the A* grade will be realigned to reflect the level of achievement consistent with the grade 9 on the 9-1 grade scale; and
  • a new C* grade will be introduced to align with the level of achievement consistent with the grade 5 on the 9-1 grade scale.

We will be undertaking detailed technical work on the new grading arrangements. Further detail on the regulatory rules for CCEA GCSE awarding from Summer 2019 will be provided in advance of first teaching of the revised CCEA specifications.

Should you have any further queries please contact Roger McCune, Head of Regulation at rmccune@ccea.org.uk

Note to Editors

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