GCE Irish (2016)
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The CCEA GCE Irish specification aims to develop students’ enthusiasm for and understanding of the language and culture in a variety of contexts.
Students learn to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in Irish for a range of purposes. They also develop knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the society and culture, past and present, of a community where Irish is spoken.
Language learning can open up a world of opportunities. The knowledge and advanced skills that students acquire will help them progress to further study, higher education or employment and take their place in a multilingual, global society.
This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.
The specification has six units:
- Unit AS 1: Speaking
- Unit AS 2: Listening, Reading and Use of Language
- Unit AS 3: Extended Writing
- Unit A2 1: Speaking
- Unit A2 2: Listening and Reading
- Unit A2 3: Extended Writing.
Skills developed through our GCE Irish
This specification builds on learning from Key Stage 4 and gives students opportunities to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.
There is a focus on language and communication skills, knowledge and understanding of societal, political and cultural issues in Irish-speaking communities and further afield. Students can also develop higher order thinking skills, such as independent learning and analytical and evaluative thinking. They have the opportunity to engage in independent research and use multimedia to present their findings. This skills development gives them a sound basis for progression to higher education.
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