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

Ofqual consultation on award of VTQs in summer 2021

Ofqual launch a follow up consultation today seeking views on alternative arrangements for the award of vocational qualifications in summer 2021. NI stakeholders may wish to consider a response to the consultation. A link to the consultation can be found here.

Ofqual consultation on award of GCSE, AS and A2 grades in summer 2021

Ofqual launch a consultation today seeking views on the alternative arrangements by which learners will be awarded GCSE, AS and A level grades in summer 2021. NI stakeholders, with interests in non-CCEA general qualifications in particular, may wish to consider a response to the consultation. A link to the consultation can be found here.

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.

Message regarding Vocational Qualifications Examinations

CCEA Regulation notes the communication by the Department of the Economy Minister on 5th January to facilitate learners taking vocational qualifications in January 2021. Please read this statement from Economy Minister Diane Dodds on upcoming vocational qualification exams and assessments.

Learning centres, including further education colleges, schools and training providers, will be afforded discretion to determine whether it is appropriate for learners to sit the scheduled BTEC and other vocational examinations, taking into consideration a range of factors including health and safety and the personal circumstances of their learners.

CCEA Regulation is working with all affected Awarding Organisations on this matter.

Please note that Pearson have released the following statement on BTEC qualifications to all centres on 5th January.

Please note from this:

1. Pearson will certificate any learner who is unable to take their exams and has enough evidence to receive a certificate that they need for progression.
2. Learners unable to take their assessment this January may be able to take their assessment at a later date. If that is not possible, Pearson will put in place arrangements to ensure no learner is disadvantaged.

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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