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Alternative Awarding Arrangements 2021

On 6th January 2021, the Minister for Education, Peter Weir, announced the cancellation of CCEA GCSE, AS and A Level examinations. In place of CCEA examinations in summer 2021, a student’s grade in a subject will be based on the professional assessment by their school of the evidenced standard at which they are performing. These will be known as Centre Determined Grades (CDGs). A similar approach has been adopted by other Examination Boards for subjects studied by our pupils (eg AQA, WJEC, OCR, Pearson).

Results days:

Tuesday 10th August 2021: AS and A2

Thursday 12th August 2021: GCSE

Please click on the link below to view a PowerPoint presentation outlining the process for arriving at Centre determined Grades;

St Mary’s CCEA CDG Evidence Summer 2021 – Presentation for Parents

Links to useful information:


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -Alternative awarding arrangements – summer 2021_0.pdf

Minister’s letter to parents, guardians and students:

GCSE, AS & A Level Qualifications 2021 Letter to Parents (1).pdf

Department of Education Factsheets for Parents and Students:


DE-FIVE-STEPS-Version3 (1).pdf

Ofqual  non-CCEA examinations) Infographic on how GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded in summer 2021: