Alternative Examination Arrangements

The Education Minister has outlined the process for students completing GCSE and A Level qualifications in 2020. You can read the oral statement here.


Transfer Tests

The decision was made to delay the transfer test by two weeks – many parents & teachers expressed their concerns about this and I have written to the Education Minister raising their points. Some secondary schools have already announced that they will not, for this year, be using the test as a means to decide entry. We will continue to push for an alternative and monitor the situation closely.

GCSE, AS Levels & A Levels

  • Grades will be issued based on a combination of information provided by schools and colleges and statistical information
  • A/S level grades will not contribute to final A level grade in 2021
  • GCSE grades will be awarded for GCSEs due to complete in 2020, but not where GCSEs are due to complete in 2021. In the latter case pupils have option to take oustanding units in 2021 and have missing components calculated using statistical modelling and/or to sit all units in 2021 and be awarded the higher grade from either option.


For more information from the department click here

For guidance from CCEA click here