CCEA update on Internal Assessment Arrangements for 2020/21

Published: 12/06/2020, 9:00am
Summer 2020 Examinations
Summer 2020 Examinations

On 20 March 2020, CCEA requested that centres cease all internal assessment activities, to abide with government health and wellbeing advice, surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

In guidance, issued to all post primary centres on 30 April 2020, CCEA confirmed that AS students who intended to submit their internally assessed units in Summer 2020 could carry these over for submission and moderation in Summer 2021. CCEA also stated that GCSE students who had planned to submit their internally assessed components/units in Summer 2020 could do the same.

Following a recent feasibility exercise on each subject, CCEA can now confirm that for the majority of subjects, all students entering for internally assessed units for Summer 2021 qualifications can do so based on the same tasks, themes and titles.

This means that:

  • AS students starting a qualification in September 2020 and who are intending to submit for moderation Summer 2021, can use the same themes and tasks as issued for Summer 2020 moderation.
  • A2 students (current Year 13) starting the qualification in September 2020, intending to submit for moderation Summer 2021, can use the same themes and tasks as issued for Summer 2020 moderation.
  • GCSE students who started internal assessments 19/20 academic year, with the intention of submitting them for moderation in Summer 2020, can complete and submit this work for moderation in Summer 2021.
  • GCSE students starting new internal assessment units from September 2020, with the intention of submitting for moderation Summer 2021, can use the same themes and tasks as issued for Summer 2020 moderation.

GCSE Business Studies is the exception to the above. Access to the mark scheme for Booklet B is restricted until the task has been completed. However, this has already been used by some centres who would be unduly advantaged if this was carried across into the next academic year. As a result, a new pre-release task for Unit 3 will be made available as scheduled by the end of June 2020.

For tasks where evidence will be submitted for moderation in Summer 2022, students should complete the task relevant to this series. For GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature for 2020-2021, it is CCEA’s current intention to moderate work based on either 2020 or 2021 themes.

Any tasks associated with internal assessment can only commence when schools are re-opened, in line with government health advice and once students are advised by their school or college.

If you are a student/parent and have questions in relation to internal assessments, please continue to contact your relevant school/ college in the first instance.

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