Key Stage 4

Age 14–16 / Qualifications

At Key Stage 4 (post-primary Years 11 and 12), pupils build on their learning from Key Stage 3. Pupils meet the statutory curriculum requirements through compulsory Areas of Learning and optional courses that lead to general and/or applied qualifications.

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Curriculum at Key Stage 4

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 4 is set out under the following Areas of Learning and Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities.

The Development Pathway

Latest News

Teachers Find CIEA Training ‘Helpful’ and ‘Informative’

Published: 11/05/2021, 2:00pm

Following the Education Minister’s decision on 6 January 2021 to cancel all GCCE, AS and A Level 2021 summer examinations, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) were commissioned by the Department of Education to provide further guidance, support and training for teachers, in the development of new awarding arrangements. 

CCEA Launches Consultation on the Proposed Post Results Service for Summer 2021

Published: 10/05/2021, 5:30pm

Today, Monday 10 May 2021, The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), launched a consultation to gather feedback on the proposed CCEA Post Results Service for Summer 2021.

Statutory Assessment 2021

Published: 05/05/2021, 1:00pm

At the end of the Spring Term – the Department of Education (DE) issued a letter to schools, clarifying Statutory Assessment and Pupil Reporting arrangements for the 2020/21 academic year.

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

    WEBINAR
  • 04 Apr

    CCEA GCE Mathematics/Further Mathematics Support Event

    Glenavon Hotel52 Drum RoadCookstownBT80 8JQ