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.

COVID

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

Ofqual consultation on GCSE, AS, A level and vocational qualifications for summer 2021

Published: 15/01/2021, 5:00pm

Today Ofqual has published two consultations on its proposals for summer 2021 awarding in England in response to the cancellation of GCSE and A level examinations this year.

CCEA resources to help support the curriculum and assessment in 2021

Published: 31/12/2020, 12:00pm

These resources may be useful for schools, teachers, parents and pupils, following the announcement of remote learning.

Further adaptations to be introduced for CCEA Occupational Studies with submission date extended

Published: 21/12/2020, 3:15pm

Today, the Education Minister has agreed that further adaptations should be made for CCEA’s Occupational Studies qualifications in light of the ongoing challenges posed by the health pandemic.

CCEA responds to the Education Minister’s announcement on summer 2021 examinations

Published: 15/12/2020, 1:10pm

Today CCEA received instructions from the Department of Education, outlining the Minister’s decisions in relation to further modifications to the delivery of GCSE, AS and A-Level examinations.

CCEA responds to Department for Education and Ofqual announcement on assessment adaptations for general, vocational and technical qualifications

Published: 04/12/2020, 12:00pm

CCEA acknowledges the announcement by the UK Department for Education (DfE) in England on 3 December 2020, in regard to general, vocational and technical qualifications.

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