Shared Education Qualification Resources

CCEA’s qualifications can also provide many rich contexts and opportunities for Shared Education.


CoPE provides a framework for the development, assessment and accreditation of personal, key and employability skills achieved through a wide range of enrichment activities.

Level 3

English Language, English Literature English Language, English Literature

Students consider the social, cultural and historical contexts of texts and how language variations relate to identity and cultural diversity.

They develop transferable skills, such as critical thinking and selecting and adapting speech and writing to suit different situations and audiences.

Entry Level, GCSE, GCE

Government and Politics Government and Politics

Focuses on democracy and international politics in action, including political systems, the rights and responsibilities of citizens and the role of the media.

Students develop skills such as analysing data, problem-solving, taking part in debates and justifying their views.


History History

Encourages students to consider the relevance of the past to gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in. Includes ‘Changing Relations: Northern Ireland and its Neighbours’.

Students analyse and evaluate historical sources to appreciate that there is not just one version of the past, but often competing interpretations.

Entry Level, GCSE, GCE

Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry

Enables students to research, write and present news stories for local, national and international readers and audiences, which explore a wide range of current affairs issues and topics, including war, culture, politics and crime.

Through applying the critical and technical skills of a cross-platform journalist, students learn how to present a balanced overview of facts and opinions, working with both primary and secondary sources. Journalism offers students many opportunities to learn collaboratively on shared research and news-based activities.


Learning for Life and Work Learning for Life and Work

Engages students in exploring social, personal, economic and employment issues. Topics include diversity and inclusion, causes of conflict, human rights, social responsibility, job interview preparation and entrepreneurship.

Students deepen their understanding of the connections between local, national and global issues and develop confidence in thinking independently about these issues by critically challenging accepted views and assumptions.

Entry Level, GCSE, GCE

Life Skills Life Skills

Helps learners to develop transferable skills that benefit them in many aspects of their lives, such as communicating with others, working as part of a team and recognising their own strengths and weaknesses.

Entry Level

Moving Image Arts Moving Image Arts

Enables students to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of audio-visual culture and to participate both critically and creatively in that culture.

Encourages students to explore representation through the study of film movements from across the world to inform the creation of their own films. By leading and working with their own actors and production teams, students develop a range of transferable skills and qualities including leadership, creative enterprise, teamwork, problem-solving, resource management and technical proficiency in the art of film making. Moving Image Arts presents many opportunities for collaborative activities and creative learning.


Music Music

Students explore contrasting music from a range of contexts, such as classical, pop, film and traditional Irish music. This deepens appreciation of the diverse heritage of music and promotes personal, social, intellectual and cultural development.

Helps students develop critical thinking, spatial reasoning and cognitive skills, communication skills, creativity and expressiveness. Students who play music as part of a group develop team-working skills, self-discipline, self-esteem and the ability to listen to others.


Preparation for Adult Life Preparation for Adult Life

Developed to contribute to meeting the statutory requirements for Learning for Life and Work at Key Stage 4.

Aims to develop personal skills such as self-awareness, personal health and relationships, as well as an understanding of: diversity and inclusion; human rights and social responsibility; equality and justice; roles and responsibilities of parents; work in the local and global economy; social, economic and cultural issues; and personal development.

Level 1, Level 2

Religious Studies Religious Studies

Encourages students to develop an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to studying religion. Students explore and engage with important questions about belief and respond to them personally. This can enhance their spiritual, moral and cultural development, helping them to contribute to social cohesion.

Entry Level, GCSE, GCE