QualsNI

Welcome to the QualsNI section of the CCEA website, providing information on the qualifications available to schools in Northern Ireland in an open qualifications market.

The divergence in education policy between England, Wales and Northern Ireland means that in future not all A levels and GCSEs will look the same. The changes began in 2015 and are being rolled out over a three year period. Here we will provide you with the details of these differences, when the changes are being introduced, and the implications of these changes.

Changes to A levels and GCSEs

Our Changes to A levels and Changes to GCSEs pages provide details of the structure and grading of GCSEs and A levels that will be offered by the different Awarding Organisations.

Timescales for changes - A levels

The A levels accredited for first teaching 2015 and A levels accredited for first teaching 2016 pages provide details of new qualifications that have been accredited for use in schools in Northern Ireland for first teaching in September 2015 and September 2016.

Our A level subjects to be introduced for first teaching 2017 page provides details of the A level subjects that will be introduced for first teaching in September 2017.

Timescales for changes - GCSEs

The GCSEs Accredited for first teaching 2016 provides details of new qualifications that have been accredited for use in schools in Northern Ireland for first teaching in September 2016.

Our GCSE subjects to be introduced for first teaching 2017 page provides details of the GCSE subjects that will be introduced for first teaching in September 2017.

Implications of the changes

The A level and GCSE Science and GCSE English Language qualifications page details which A level and GCSE Science and GCSE English language qualifications will be available in Northern Ireland.

Frequently Asked Questions

A series of Frequently Asked Questions are available in relation to the changes happening to A levels and GCSEs. Should we receive queries that are not already addressed in these sections, we will respond to them and they will be added to the existing queries.

Glossary of terms

We have provided a glossary of all the terminology used within this QualsNI section with which you may not be familiar.

Should you require any further information, please contact us on accreditation@ccea.org.uk.