GCSE Government and Politics (2017)

Following the cancellation of examinations, below you will find information on alternative awarding arrangements for Summer 2021. View Specification and Summer 2021 Subject Guidance. In the meantime, should you have any queries, please email CCEA Helpline [email protected]

The CCEA GCSE Government and Politics specification focuses on democracy and international politics. Students develop their understanding of the political world.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Environment and Society, and Learning for Life and Work Areas of Learning.

Students consider different political parties’ policies, citizens’ rights and responsibilities, and the role of the media. They also explore organisations that operate globally and their responses to issues such as conflict resolution and migration.

They gain insight into the political process and how government decisions affect us.

Students develop skills useful in any context, from analysing data and problem-solving to taking part in debates and justifying their views.

Students who gain this qualification may be interested in careers in government, law, business, finance, research, journalism, the media, the charity sector, political research, political campaigning or public service. They may also progress to our GCE in Government and Politics.

This specification is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has two units:

  • Unit 1: Democracy in Action
  • Unit 2: International Politics in Action.

Skills developed through our GCSE Government and Politics

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.

This qualification helps students to gain valuable skills that will benefit them in everyday life and in any career path they choose to follow. These include:

  • participating in debates and discussions;
  • research;
  • analysing data and different viewpoints;
  • decision-making and problem-solving; and
  • assessing the performance of the media and how it reports and influences public opinion.

For more information on this specification contact:

Helen Parks
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2906
Arlene Ashfield
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2291