Awarding Arrangements for CCEA Qualifications in 2021

The Minister for Education and the Department of Education have released a number of letters and documents today (4th February) in relation to the awarding arrangements for CCEA  qualifications in 2021. 

As the documentation explains, on the 5th January the Executive announced extended closures of post-primary schools (and primary) due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Education Minister then took the decision to cancel all public examinations scheduled for January, February and summer 2021. Minister Weir made a statement to the Northern Ireland Assembly regarding this on the 2nd February. details can be found at this link:

The documents relating to the statement, for both parents/guardians and educational establishments are listed below.


The letter sent to all schools outlining the move and reasoning can be viewed by clicking here. In addition to the letter there is a detailed guide for schools at this link.

Parents, Guardians an Students.

This letter was sent to all parents, guardians and students, again outlining the next steps. In addition, a number of leaflets and guides were released. This leaflet for parents and students gives an overview. This one provides more detail including an FAQ.

Three further factsheets also provide more concise details. The first here has a summary of the process while the second here has more detail on the 5 steps to awarding grades for CCEA GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications. The final factsheet provides information on CCEA Occupational studies, Entry Level and Vocationally Related qualifications and can be viewed here.