Qualifications for 14-19 year olds with Special Educational Needs

In 2014 CCEA Accreditation completed a 2 year project for DE which assessed the suitability of regulated qualifications in supporting learners aged 14-19 in Special Schools and Learning Support Centres. This project supported teachers in designing suitable learning programmes containing relevant regulated qualifications. As a result, DE Entitlement Framework Guidance on the content of learning programmes and a Qualifications Guide giving detail on suitable qualifications have been developed.

The Qualifications Guide for Special Schools and Learning Support Centres is a resource for teachers to help them to select appropriate accredited qualifications at Entry Level and Level 1. Qualifications that include literacy, numeracy, learning for life and work and vocational subjects are outlined in the guide across a number of Awarding Organisations.

All Special Schools and Learning Support Centres in N Ireland have been supplied with hard copies of this guide. This guide will be updated online only and schools will be informed when updates take place. Teachers should check with individual Awarding Organisations to ensure the information is current and accurate.