GCSE’s The Big Picture

It is essential for learners in Northern Ireland that CCEA develops robust, relevant and future-proofed GCSE qualifications to meet learners’ needs of as they progress to Further and Higher Education and to employment.

CCEA’s GCSEs will continue to:

  • offer modular and linear assessment opportunities;
  • retain speaking and listening as an integral part of GCSE English Language;
  • be aligned to the Northern Ireland Curriculum and provide progression from Key Stage 3; and
  • reflect your viewpoints and those of other key stakeholders, including learners, higher education and industry.


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