GCSE Contemporary Crafts (2017)

The CCEA GCSE Contemporary Crafts specification is about making things. Students explore the properties and characteristics of materials, techniques and processes, combining creative ideas and manual dexterity to create unique objects.

Students can explore and create from a wide range of materials, including ceramics, glass, metal, found and recycled materials, resins, textiles, and wood.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Area of Learning The Arts.

This specification is a linear qualification: students take all the assessment at the end of the course.

The specification has two components:

  • Component 1: Making: Exploring materials, techniques and processes
    Students have the opportunity to:
    • produce a portfolio of practical work and a learning file;
    • understand the importance of health and safety;
    • make connections between their own work and the wider creative industries; and
    • understand business models and employability options.
  • Component 2: Working to a Brief
    Students respond to an externally set stimulus paper with a choice of briefs to create an original piece of craft or design work.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2017
First assessment: from Summer 2019
First award: from Summer 2019
QAN: 603/1947/1
Guided learning hours: 120
Qualification level: 1/2
Additional Information

Amended for first teaching in September 2017 to provide information on the new GCSE grading scale

Subject Code: 0920

Skills developed through our GCSE Contemporary crafts

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life.

Students develop practical skills, physical dexterity and fine motor skills through the manipulation of techniques and materials. They develop traditional craft skills and/or skills in contemporary interpretations of traditional skills.

They develop skills in creativity, innovation, time management and planning, and become critical thinkers who contribute to the creative and cultural industries. The broad and flexible content gives students the freedom to pursue a range of creative pathways.

For more information on this specification contact:

Nola Fitzsimons
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2235
Anne McGinn
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2263

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