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Summer 2021

Summary of Assessment Arrangements for GCSE, AS and A Level Qualifications Summer 2021

Following the Minister of Education’s announcement, on 6 January 2021, that all GCSE, AS and A2 exams due to take place in January, February, May and June will be cancelled, we are working to update our Summer 2021 area as soon as possible. In the meantime, should you have any queries, please email CCEA Helpline [email protected].

GCSE (Year 12)

  • GCSE students have the option of omitting one unit from final grading in the majority of CCEA’s GCSE qualifications.
  • GCSE English Language – speaking and listening component omitted and replaced with the submission of an endorsement from the school, on behalf of the student.
  • GCSE Modern Languages – speaking component omitted and replaced with the submission of an endorsement from the school, on behalf of the student.
  • GCSE Gaeilge – both listening and speaking components omitted and replaced with the submission of an endorsement from the school, on behalf of the student.
  • GCSE Religious Studies, Statistics and Government and Politics students, to help reduce the exams burden, will have two options:
    • Option 1: complete the two exam units
    • Option 2: complete one exam and a controlled assessment task from a different unit.
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition and GCSE Health and Social Care – reduction in the content and reduction in word limit for the controlled assessment tasks.
  • GCSE Mathematics – examination aids will be provided for January and Summer 2021 exams.

AS (Year 13)

  • Students will take only one unit of assessment for the majority of subjects.
  • For three-unit subjects, students have the choice of taking one unit, or a combination of two units, to meet the 40% minimum assessment requirement.
  • Schools and colleges will select which unit(s) will be assessed; this can include controlled assessment such as coursework.
  • Students also have the option to sit all AS units.
  • The AS unit(s) taken in 2021 will contribute to the overall A2 result in 2022.

A2 (Year 14)

  • Students will take only one unit of assessment for the majority of subjects.
  • For three-unit subjects, students have the choice of taking one unit, or a combination of two units, to meet the 40% minimum assessment requirement.
  • Schools and colleges will select which unit(s) will be assessed; this can include controlled assessment such as coursework.
  • Students can choose to take all A2 units if they wish to.
  • For A2 History and A2 Digital Technology, the 40% minimum threshold will not apply, and students will have a choice of which of the two units to be assessed in.
  • There will be an A2 reserve exam series, in early July, for students who miss timetabled examination through illness or self-isolation.
  • Overall A level grades will be based on a student’s performance in A2 exams only.

Key Facts for 2020-2021

Key Facts for 2020-2021