Examinations Update

Summer 2020 examinations

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

On 19 March 2020, the Minister of Education, Peter Weir MLA, announced that the summer 2020 examination series would be cancelled to help fight the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and that grades would be based on a range of evidence and data, including prior attainment and centre estimated grades.

This unprecedented change to examinations has required us to adapt the way grades will be awarded. Since the announcement we have worked alongside other stakeholders to develop a range of options that would ensure all student attainment was fairly recognised and that could be carried out within the government guidelines for social distancing. These options were then presented to the Minister of Education, who then outlined the arrangements that CCEA was to introduce on 16 April 2020.

CCEA will continue to work and support our schools and colleges over the coming weeks and months.

Supporting you

In these unprecedented and unsettling circumstances, we recognise that this a difficult time for you – our teachers, learners and parents - and that you have lots of questions following the announcement that summer exams have been cancelled.

Our priority is supporting you.

As further information becomes available we will update centres and colleges with the guidance via this website. An FAQ area about changes to the summer examination series is also available here. We would encourage students and parents to continue to liaise with their centre for these updates.

We’d like to thank you for your patience at this uncertain time.

If you have any further queries please contact our COVID-19 helpline:
Email: [email protected]

Centre Assessment Grades: Guidance for Teachers, April 2020

On 30 April CCEA published its Summer 2020 GCSE, AS and A Level Awarding Technical Information along with Supplementary Questions and Answers. These documents are designed to help you begin the process of assigning centre assessment grades and rank order positions to the students in your school or college. The video below provides a quick overview of the process, suggested sources of evidence you may wish to consider when arriving at these judgments, and where you can find additional information and contact details if you require further assistance.

Conversations with Justin Edwards and Wendy Austin

These videos are supportive. For all technical matters and further information please refer back to the documents below and our Frequently Asked Questions.

Useful Documents

GCSE, AS, A level

Occupational Studies

Entry Level


Private Candidates

Key Dates

Key Dates and submission deadlines for Summer 2020