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Frequently Asked Questions

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This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section focuses on summer 2022 awarding.

FAQs will be continually monitored and updated as further information becomes available.

Summer 2022 Examinations

Will examinations take place in Summer 2022?

On 17 May 2021, the Education Minister announced a return to public examinations for all CCEA qualifications during the next academic year.

Is there a chance that examinations could be cancelled in Summer 2022 again?

The cancellation of CCEA examinations would be a ministerial decision.

Factors taken into consideration would be health and safety advice and guidelines from government and the Public Health Agency.

2021/22 Grading and Assessment

What is the contribution of AS to A Level in Summer 2022?

Although the AS grades issued on 10 August 2021 will not contribute to your overall A level grades, it is still an important qualification. Watch our animation which explains why it is not possible for the AS to contribute to the A2 in 2022.

Your AS grade is a stand-alone qualification for future progression in higher education or employment. It will help you make your final subject choices for your A levels. It can also be used on UCAS forms and to show your educational achievement.

I’m an A2 student, due to ill-health and self-isolation this year, I worry my final grade won’t reflect my ability. Can work from previous years be counted to determine my final A level grade?

Yes. Whilst your AS level grade cannot be counted towards your final A level grade, assessments and schoolwork that you have carried out in your AS year, can be used as evidence to help determine your final grade in Summer 2021.

Are there alternative awarding arrangements in place for GCSE, AS and A level students in 2021/22?

Due to the disruption faced by students in 2020/21 because of the COVID 19 pandemic, students will be provided with the option of omitting one unit of assessment, chosen by CCEA, from the vast majority of CCEA qualifications.

More information on how grades will be awarded in 2021/22 can be viewed online.

Do I have to omit a unit of assessment?

The assessment omission is optional. Students who wish to take all examinations can do so if they choose

How are Entry Level and Vocational Qualification students being assessed in 2021/22?

In Entry Level and Vocational Qualifications, students can omit assessments up to a maximum of 50% of the qualification.

How are Occupational Studies students being assessed in 2021/22?

For Occupational Studies, students can omit one unit of their choice from final assessment.

As with GCSE, AS and A level qualifications, any student who chooses to sit all units will be awarded the higher grade from either all units or the compulsory units only.

In Entry Level and Vocational Qualifications, students can omit assessments up to a maximum of 50% of the qualification.

Will all grades be available this year if I choose to sit an exam with an omitted unit?

All grades, to include the A* grade, will be available at each level this year, no matter which route a student chooses.

If I choose to do all assessment and examinations units, will I be at a disadvantage in comparison to other students in my class who choose to omit?

If you choose to sit all units, CCEA will ensure that you are treated fairly and won’t be disadvantaged. We will do this by automatically calculating the grade you get in all units and compare this with the grade you would have received if you had chosen to omit a unit.

We will award the highest grade from either route.

This short video explains how the process will work this year.

If a unit is omitted for assessment, do I still have to be taught it?

On 17 May 2021, the Education Minister announced schools will aim to teach this omitted content in order to support and underpin progression but the pressure of assessment will be reduced.

I’m much better at oral French than written French – can I take both assessments?

Yes, you have the option to sit just the compulsory units or to sit all units.

I’m going into Year 10 – will I be taught the whole syllabus or will some elements be omitted?

Whether you choose to sit mandatory units or all units for your exams, you will continue to be taught the full syllabus by your school.

As these grades will be based on reduced assessment will they be as good or valuable as previous years?

The grades you receive in Summer 2022 are just as valuable as grades from previous years.

Will my AS grade count towards my A2 qualification outcome?

AS grades issued on 10 August 2021 will not contribute to your overall A level grades.

Watch our animation which explains why it is not possible for the AS to contribute to the A2 in 2022.

Your AS grade is a stand-alone qualification for future progression in higher education or employment. It will help you make your final subject choices for your A levels. It can also be used on UCAS forms and to show your educational achievement.

As a student, is it my choice whether to omit a unit for assessment, or is this a decision which is made by my school?

Omission of any unit will be an informed decision and agreed together with your school and parent/guardian.

Resits

Will unit entries in Summer 2020 and Summer 2021 count as an attempt for resit purposes?

No. Summer 2020, January 2021, March 2021 and Summer 2021 unit entries will not count as an attempt for resit purposes.

Can I resit GCSE English Language in November 2021 to improve my centre determined grade from Summer 2021?

Yes, Students who wish to resit GCSE English Language in November 2021 upon completion of Units 1, 2 and 4. Students also have the option to omit one assessment, which in this instance is Unit 3.

If I wish to resit my A2 qualification in Summer 2023, will the option of a unit omission continue to apply?

Yes, students who cash in their GCE qualification in Summer 2022 will be able to avail of the omission in Summer 2023 if they decide to resit. If they also decide to sit the assessment unit available for omission, they will be awarded the better grade from their performance in the mandatory unit or across all units.