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 codeEntry closing date
March 20143G1421 January 2014
June 20146G1421 February 2014
6A1421 March 2014
November 2014BG144 October 2014
January 20151A1521 October 2014
March 20153G1521 January 2015
June 20156A1521 February 2015

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.

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.

For further details please see the DfE websites

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 after the November 2013 series

GCSEs are changing from modular to linear.

The November 2013 series was the final opportunity to enter students for modular assessments in GCSE English (4700), English Language (4705) and Mathematics (4360).

Please note that any written units taken before the June 2014 series which were not used towards certification have been 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 GCSE students:

About the 40% terminal rule 

  • 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 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.

 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

Entry procedures

Our entry procedures cover everything you need to know about making and amending entries online through e-AQA and electronically using EDI (via A2C)

You can also find more information about entries and certification on JCQ's website.

Entry codes

Exams officers can make and amend entries using unique, subject specific unit and award codes:

Modular GCSE entry, aggregation and certification rules

AQA Bacc admin guide

Forms included in the appendix are also available individually as word and PDF files

ELC administrative procedures

FCSE administrative procedures

If you have a question about entries, please call us on 0161 455 5482 or email entries@aqa.org.uk

You can also find more information about entries and certification on JCQ's website.