Post-16

Qualifications

At post-16, young people can choose from a number of qualifications that we offer at Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework, including GCE A levels.

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The Development Pathway

Pre-School

Age 3–4 / Before Year 1

Pre-school education offers children one year of non-compulsory education. Children learn at their own pace through a breadth of learning experiences and challenging play activities in a stimulating environment.

Foundation Stage

Age 4–6

Primary school Years 1 and 2 make up the Foundation Stage. Children build on the learning experiences that they bring to school from home and/or pre-school. They learn through well-planned, challenging play that develops their interests, curiosity and creativity.

Key Stages 1 & 2

Age 6–11

Key Stage 1 (primary school Years 3 and 4) builds on Foundation Stage experiences, and Key Stage 2 (primary school Years 5, 6 and 7) builds on Key Stage 1 experiences. As children progress through these stages, they move from informal to more formal learning.

Key Stage 3

Age 11–14

At Key Stage 3 (post-primary Years 8, 9 and 10), the curriculum builds on the learning experiences that pupils bring from primary school. Pupils now attend classes in different subjects, and teachers typically teach specific subjects to pupils across the different Years.

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.

Post-16

Qualifications

At post-16, young people can choose from a number of qualifications that we offer at Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework, including GCE A levels.

Latest News

Coursework and Controlled Assessment (Internal Assessment) for CCEA Qualifications

Published: 27/03/2020, 6:30pm

The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) has issued the following guidance to centres.

CCEA update on the cancellation of the summer 2020 examinations

Published: 26/03/2020, 5:00pm

CCEA are rapidly working up plans to implement the arrangements that the Minister of Education has set out for us.

CCEA statement on the cancellation of the summer examinations 2020

Published: 19/03/2020, 5:45pm

CCEA welcomes the clarity from the Minister of Education regarding school closures and cancellation of the summer examinations timetable.

NI’s Young Film-makers and Animators Celebrated at CCEA’s Moving Image Arts Showcase

Published: 29/11/2019, 12:02pm

It was lights, camera and action for Northern Ireland’s most creative young film makers and animators at CCEA’s Moving Image Arts Showcase 2019.

New look e-newsletters launched

Published: 09/10/2019, 12:33pm

September 2019 saw the re-launch of CCEA’s Primary and Post-Primary e-newsletters to accompany the existing Foundation-Stage and SEN e-newsletters.

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