Find out all you need to know about making entries including closing dates, fees and entry codes.
Entry closing dates
It is important that you submit your entries by the closing date to make sure we have your students' details. Any late submissions will incur an additional fee.
|Series||Series and year code||Entry closing date|
|November 2013||BG13||4 October 2013|
|January 2014||1A14||21 October 2013|
|March 2014||3G14||21 January 2014|
|June 2014||6G14||21 February 2014|
|6A14||21 March 2014|
Changes to early entry at GCSE
On 30 September 2013, the Department for Education (DfE) announced changes to which entries will count towards schools' performance tables. Please see the DfE's changes to early entry at GCSE.
You can withdraw any November entries up until 2 January 2014, however you won't get a credit for the entry fees. The deadline for withdrawing entries and getting a credit for the fees was 25 October 2013.
You can withdraw your entries using the same method as you made them, ie A2C (EDI) or e-AQA.
Please read about other changes for 2013/14 below.
Important changes for 2013/14
Changes to discount (classification) codes
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced changes to the discount (classification) codes for qualifications that will count in the 2014 Key Stage 4 Performance tables.
Unique Learner Number (ULNs)
From January 2014, all students entered for an exam at a state funded school/college within the UK will be required to have a ULN.
Any entry made without the ULN will be rejected and the entry file will not be processed.
Please see our About ULNs page for further information.
GCSE entries for the November 2013 series
GCSEs are changing from modular to linear.
The November 2013 series is the final opportunity to enter students for modular assessments in GCSE English (4700), English Language (4705) and Mathematics (4360). You can enter students for the first time or for re-sits, as long as the entries comply with the 40% terminal and re-sit rules. You will also need to enter students for the award.
Please note that any written units taken before the June 2014 series which are not used towards certification will be discarded.
GCSE Sciences for schools and colleges outside England
We will continue to offer some Science GCSEs as modular qualifications in January 2014 and June 2014 for schools and colleges outside England. The 40% terminal rule will apply to these modular qualifications.
From the June 2014 series onwards, all other GCSE subjects will only be available in a linear way.
GCSE 40% terminal rule
The 40% terminal rule applies to all GCSE students:
- claiming a subject award up to June 2013
- entering for English (4700), English Language (4705) and Mathematics (4360) in the November 2013 series
- in schools/colleges outside England entering for modular Science in January and June 2014.
About the 40% terminal rule
- For all GCSEs (short course, full course and double awards) at least 40% of the total assessment must be taken in the final exam series, ie when the student completes the qualification and certificates for the final award.
- Students can be entered for the written exam, controlled assessment or both in the terminal assessment. See the specification at a glance page for the subject to find the weightings of each unit.
- Each unit or paper counts towards a percentage of the total assessment. Some individual units make up exactly 40% of the total assessment but many have lower or higher percentage weightings.
- The final grade includes results of the units which meet the 40% terminal rule. If a re-sit forms part of the 40% terminal assessment, the results for that unit(s) will be used to calculate the final grade, even if it is lower than in an earlier attempt.
- This rule applies to subject specifications with all awarding bodies.
For further information, please refer to our modular GCSE entry, aggregation and certification rules and the JCQ rules for GCSE specifications terminal requirements, re-sits and cashing-in
Exam series guide
Including products/qualifications in each series, entry closing dates, basedata availability and results dates