Message to NI centres taking GCSE and A level Qualifications with non CCEA Awarding Organisations

CCEA Regulation
Published: 29/03/2021, 3:10pm

The process as outlined by the JCQ guidance released to centres on 26 March for the English Awarding Organisations (AQA, OCR and Pearson) and EDUQAS will be extended to Northern Ireland centres taking GCSE and A level qualifications with non CCEA awarding organisations. This will also apply to the JCQ appeals process when finalised.

For those centres taking A level qualifications with WJEC, the JCQ guidance and arrangements will apply. Centres should therefore follow the JCQ guidance issued on 26 March (as above). This will also apply to the JCQ appeals process when finalised.

Please note the following in relation to the Centre Policy which is found on page 19 of the JCQ Head of Centre Guidance:

Centre Policy portability between UK jurisdictions

For centres located in a UK jurisdiction other than England, i.e. Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, and are entering candidates for CCEA/SQA/WJEC awards a Centre Policy, or equivalent, should already have been completed for the relevant awarding organisation. In these circumstances it is not necessary to complete a separate Centre Policy for Ofqual regulated qualifications provided by AQA, OCR, and Pearson, and the Centre Policy, or equivalent, previously submitted to CCEA/SQA or WJEC will be acceptable. It is only necessary for Heads of Centre to outline their approach where the requirements for Ofqual-regulated qualifications differ from those pertaining in other jurisdictions, for example the requirement of non-disclosure of grades determined by centres to students.

- Page 19: JCQ Guidance on the determination of grades for A/AS Levels and GCSEs for Summer 2021: Processes to be adopted by exam centres and support available from awarding organisations

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