Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012


This specification in GCSE Irish is available for first teaching from September 2009. This is a unitised course with first assessment of units 1 (speaking) and 2 (writing) available in summer 2010. We will make the first awards in 2011.

Through studying this specification, students:

  • develop an understanding of written and spoken Irish in a variety of contexts;
  • develop the ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken Irish, using a variety of vocabulary, syntax and structures;
  • develop knowledge of the language and language-learning skills;
  • develop an awareness and understanding of Irish-speaking countries and communities;
  • recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society; and
  • derive enjoyment from language learning.

The course provides a sound base for further study of Irish at a more advanced level. It also helps students make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.