Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) Release Guidance on GCSE and AS/A level Awarding Process

Published: 29/03/2021, 3:25pm

Most students in Northern Ireland take GCSE and AS/A Level qualifications with CCEA. Guidance for CCEA qualifications was published on 5 March 2021. However, there are students who also take qualifications with AQA, WJEC/Eduqas, OCR and Pearson. These qualifications will follow JCQ published guidance which was released on 26 March 2021.

The CCEA process, GCSE, AS and A level Awarding Summer 2021: Alternative Arrangements – Process for Heads of Centre, alongside the subject support materials for the full suite of CCEA GCE qualifications and 25 GCSE qualifications are available to view at

The JCQ process, 'JCQ Guidance on the determination of grades for A/AS Levels and GCSEs for Summer 2021', is available on JCQ’s website.

Further support materials for GCSE and subject webinars will be released over the coming weeks.

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