Key Stage 3

Age 11–14

At Key Stage 3 (post-primary Years 8, 9 and 10), the curriculum builds on the learning experiences that pupils bring from primary school. Pupils now attend classes in different subjects, and teachers typically teach specific subjects to pupils across the different Years.

Summer 2020 Examinations

Curriculum at Key Stage 3

The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. The learning opportunities provided should help young people to develop as individuals, contributors to society and contributors to the economy and environment.

The statutory curriculum at Key Stage 3 is set out under the following Areas of Learning and Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities.

The Development Pathway

Latest News

CCEA launches Wellbeing Hub for Primary, SEN and Post Primary Learning

Published: 17/09/2020, 1:30pm

CCEA has launched a Wellbeing Hub to support children’s and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. The Hub is being developed in collaboration with the Departments of Education and Health, the Public Health Agency, the Health and Social Care Board, and the Education Authority (EA).

CCEA Marks Official End of School Year

Published: 01/07/2020, 11:30am

CCEA marked the official end of the school year yesterday by recording its thanks to everyone involved in the alternative awarding arrangements for the Summer 2020 examination series.

Students Achieve Entry Level Qualifications in Extraordinary Times

Published: 30/06/2020, 10:00am

Today, The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) has published 1470 Entry Level Qualifications for a total of 774 students from 64 schools and colleges across Northern Ireland. This is the first set of results to be issued under the alternative awarding arrangements for 2020 and is a substantial achievement for young people, teachers, school leaders and the qualifications system. It marks the successful completion of another significant stage of this summer’s awarding process following the Minister of Education’s announcement on 19 March 2020 to close schools and

Online Publication of CCEA’s Curriculum Monitoring Programme: Stage One

Published: 29/06/2020, 11:45am

Today, CCEA has released the findings and feedback from the first stage of the curriculum monitoring programme. Originally intended for release earlier this year, the launch had to be postponed due to the global health emergency. Almost 1000 teachers provided their feedback and thank you to those who took part in a range of direct feedback, surveys and focus groups.

CCEA Launches Student Resource on Health and Wellbeing

Published: 23/06/2020, 1:00pm

At CCEA we recognise this is a difficult time for everyone. Especially for our young people their families and loved ones.

Past CCEA Events

There are currently no events scheduled due to Corona Virus (COVID-19). Here are some that CCEA recently held:

  • 26 Mar

    CCEA GCSE Mathematics Support Event

    Corr's Corner Hotel315 Ballyclare RoadNewtownabbeyBT36 4TQ
  • 27 Mar

    Primary - Key Stage 3: 'Whet your Appetite with a Webinar' - Group Work – What is it and how to do it better (CCEA - Curriculum)

    Online Webinar
  • 02 Apr

    CCEA GCE Mathematics/Further Mathematics Support Event

    Corr's Corner Hotel315 Ballyclare RoadNewtownabbeyBT36 4TQ
  • 02 Apr

    CCEA A2 EEP Webinar A2 Geography

  • 04 Apr

    CCEA GCE Mathematics/Further Mathematics Support Event

    Glenavon Hotel52 Drum RoadCookstownBT80 8JQ