Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

Please note: this section relates to the legacy specification. The final resit opportunity will be January 2019 (for externally assessed units only - no controlled assessment units available). This will also be the last opportunity for certification.

Controlled Assessment


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Candidate Record Sheet Comments Sheet
(PDF), Last Updated: 27 November 2015

Controlled Assessment Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 20 January 2010

Controlled Assessment Teacher Guidance
(PDF), Last Updated: 20 January 2010

Student Guidance
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 October 2013

Teacher Guidance
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 October 2013

We award 60 percent of the marks for controlled assessment. Students must complete internal assessments which take the form of controlled tasks. The class teacher marks the tasks and we moderate them. The assessments take place in summer, at a date and time suited to individual centres.

There are three controlled tasks to choose from. Please note that we review and amend the tasks every two years.

Each task contains the following four compulsory components:

  • a research-based activity (3000 words maximum);
  • a planning activity (1000 words maximum);
  • a practical activity (taken under exam conditions); and
  • an evaluation activity (750 words maximum).

These tasks require students to:

  • analyse issues and problems;
  • identify, gather and record relevant information and evidence;
  • analyse and evaluate evidence; and
  • make reasoned justifications and present conclusions.

We expect students to complete their research-based assignment under conditions that combine both classroom and independent study activities.

Students should work independently when completing the task. The work of individual students may be informed by working with others, but all students must provide an individual response.

Teachers should guide and supervise students to:

  • outline questions/tasks;
  • monitor progress;
  • prevent plagiarism and repetition;
  • ensure that the contributions of individual students are recorded accurately; and
  • advise on methods of presentation.

The practical activities will be carried out under formal supervision. Teachers must not correct students’ work in detail and return it to them to write up a fair copy. Once a student has submitted the assignment and it has been awarded a mark, that mark is final. The student may not carry out further work.

Teachers must ensure that students complete all parts of the task.

For more information, see the specification.

CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19