CCEA Accreditation regulates GCSEs, GCE AS , A Levels, Other General Qualifications and Entry Level qualfications in the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) in Northern Ireland.
The regulation of qualifications is undertaken collaboratively with partner regulatory authorities in England (Ofqual) and Wales (Welsh Government).
Qualifications are subject to statutory regulations because learners, employers and other 'customers' have a legitimate interest in the continuing availability of high quality qualifications that are fit for purpose, command public confidence, and are understood both by those who study for them and those who use them.
All qualifications that are regulated are listed in the Register of Regulated Qualifications. In addition to the regulatory work, CCEA (Accreditation) has a role in provision of support, guidance and advice to government in qualification development.
To offer non-vocational qualifications in N Ireland, potential awarding organisations must first seek recognition from CCEA Accreditation. For further information go to Becoming a recognised awarding organisation.
Updated ECVET Information booklets now available:
ECVET FlyerApril 2013
ECVET Information BookletApril 2013
CCEA Accreditation has been commissioned by the Minister for Education, Mr John O'Dowd MLA, to carry out a review of GCSE and A level qualifications.
The Review Team has prepared a discussion paper, designed to provide background information, introduce qualifications issues, and inform discussions during the review process.
Appeals for GCSE and A level: Summer 2012 Exam Series
CCEA Regulator's position on extra time for candidates taking timed examinations
2011/12 Statistical reports published on Access Arrangements, Malpractice and Special Consideration
Review of GCSE English – documents now onlineWednesday 10 October 2012