CCEA Regulation

CCEA Regulation works independently of the Awarding Organisation side of CCEA and is responsible for the quality assurance of qualifications offered in Northern Ireland (NI).

- Compliance with regulatory requirement
- A guide to changes in GCSE grading

Essential Skills Centre Guidance

Awarding Organisations offering Essential Skills NI qualifications have communicated with centres today with guidance on arrangements for 2021. View the relevant link below to access the centre guidance:

OCN NI Centre Guidance

City and Guilds Centre Guidance

Pearson have issued centre guidance directly to their NI centres today.

Ofqual announcement on the alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021

Today Ofqual announced their consultation decisions on the awarding of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021.

What the Ofqual Announcement Means for Centres in Northern Ireland.

Simon Lebus, the Chief Regulator, explains in this article how all qualifications will be awarded in summer 2021.

He also responds to the Secretary of State’s direction of 23rd February 2021.

Ofqual launch today their consultation on the detail of the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework. Centres offering these qualifications regulated by Ofqual are encouraged to participate in this consultation.

Ofqual announcement on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021

Today Ofqual announced their consultation decisions on how GCSE, AS and A level grades will be awarded in Summer 2021.

Simon Lebus, the Chief Regulator, explains in the this article how qualifications will be awarded in summer 2021.

He also responds to the Secretary of State’s direction of 23rd February 2021.

Ofqual launch today their consultation on the general qualifications alternative awarding framework. Centres offering general qualifications regulated by Ofqual are encouraged to participate in this consultation.

Cancellation of Essential Skills assessments and examinations for Vocational Qualifications used for progression

On 22 January 2021, the Economy Minister announced the cancellation of Essential Skills assessments and examinations for vocational qualifications used for progression until August 2021. You can view the full announcement here - Minister Diane Dodds announces cancellation of vocational and Essential Skills exams.

CCEA Regulation will ensure awarding organisations put in place suitable alternative awarding arrangements that are reflective of this year’s particular circumstances. CCEA Regulation will work with the other regulators to ensure that clarity on the alternative arrangements is provided by the awarding organisations to centres as soon as possible in March 2021. For Essential Skills and other NI only qualifications, clarity on the alternative arrangements will be available by the end of February 2021.

Message Regarding Vocational Qualifications

CCEA Regulation notes the further communication from the Department of the Economy Minister on 8th January 2021 on Vocational Qualifications.

Please read the full statement - Minister Diane Dodds urges vocational learners to stay focused on the future.

Please note the following statement from this communication:

"I am directly appealing to learners to continue to stay focused and to remain engaged with your individual courses of study, irrespective of whether you will be sitting an exam or not, and to follow the guidance from your teacher or tutor. The further education sector is the largest provider of vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland and I would reiterate this message to learners studying at the six further education colleges, taking either full-time or part-time courses."

CCEA Regulation will continue to work with the Department of the Economy and all Awarding Organisations on this matter.

Message regarding OCN NI VTQ Assessments 2021

CCEA Regulation understands that OCN NI has issued communication to centres regarding OCN NI VTQ assessments for 2021: Message regarding OCN NI VTQ Assessments 2021. Please note the pertinent points below:

OCN NI will support centres to deliver assessments in January, where it is safe to do so and if learners are ready to do so, so that they can demonstrate their knowledge and the skills they have acquired. If it is not possible for learners to take January assessments, we will provide the opportunity to take assessments at a later date. In the event that is not possible, arrangements will be put in place to ensure those learners are not disadvantaged.

OCN NI also recognise that stakeholders (centres, learners and parents) need reassurance about how our qualifications will be assessed and awarded this summer.

CCEA Regulation will work with OCN NI to ensure that no learners in NI are disadvantaged.

Message regarding Cambridge National and Cambridge Technical January Examinations 2021

OCR have released the following statement on Cambridge National and Cambridge Technical January examinations on their website. Please read this update on January exams going ahead.

Please note the following from this for students who do not take the exams this January:

1. There may be an opportunity to take their assessment at a future date. If this is not possible due to arrangements still to be announced for this summer, OCR will work with the DfE and Ofqual to make sure they are treated fairly.
2. If students were going to certificate in January, OCR will award a grade to a student if there is enough evidence, to help them progress.

CCEA Regulation will work with OCR to ensure that NI candidates are afforded the same opportunities as above.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the Minister’s announcement on Monday 17 August, some material in this section will change. We will work to update as soon as possible.

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