Entries

Find out all you need to know about making entries including re-sits, carry forward of marks, closing dates and fees.

Your school or college needs to be approved by us before you can enter your students for our exams. Please contact us about becoming a centre before you start teaching the course.

November re-sits 

All GCSEs in the November 2014 series, November 2015 series and November 2016 series will be available for re-sits only. This applies to all schools/colleges and to all students. 

Please refer to the important notes for 2014/15 below for the entry rules for GCSE subjects in the November series.

All GCSEs are now taken as linear qualifications, so students must be entered for all the required written exams, controlled assessments and subject awards as listed in the entry codes 2014/15 book, even if they are carrying forward controlled assessment marks.

Carrying forward marks

Students can carry forward their controlled assessments for most subjects provided they have already been used towards an award (or as an endorsement) in a previous series.

If students submit new controlled assessments, the new mark will be used towards their award even if it is lower than a previous attempt.

You can find more information about carrying forward marks, including which subjects allow carry forward, and Speaking and Listening on our website.

GCSE English subjects

Students can carry forward their GCSE English and English Language controlled assessments (written units and/or Speaking and Listening) provided they have already been used towards an award (or as an endorsement) in a previous series.

Schools/colleges should make sure they enter their students for the same unit 3 and subject award title (for example ENG03 & 4702 for English or ENL03 & 4707 for English Language) as previously achieved if students are planning to carry forward their unit 3 result.

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
November 2014BG144 October 2014
January 20151A1521 October 2014
March 20153G1521 January 2015
June 20156A1521 February 2015
6G15

Important notes for 2014/15

GCSE subjects in the November series

All GCSEs must be taken as linear qualifications, so students must be entered for all the required written exams, controlled assessments and subject awards as listed in the entry codes document.

All GCSEs in the November 2014 series, November 2015 series and November 2016 series will be available for re-sits only. This applies to all schools/colleges and to all students.

Subject November entry rule
GCSE English
GCSE English Language
To re-sit GCSE English or GCSE English Language, students must have received a result for a previous attempt an English GCSE.
GCSE Mathematics

To re-sit GCSE Mathematics, students must have received a result for a previous attempt at either:

  • a maths GCSE  OR
  • at least one of the GCSE Linked Pair subjects (Methods in Mathematics and/or Applications of Mathematics).
GCSE Linked Pair: Applications of Mathematics

To re-sit Applications of Mathematics students must have received a result for a previous attempt at either:

  • Applications of Mathematics OR
  • a maths GCSE.
GCSE Linked Pair: Methods in Mathematics

To re-sit Methods in Mathematics students must have received a result for a previous attempt at either:

  • Methods in Mathematics OR
  • a maths GCSE.

A previous attempt can be from the current or legacy GCSE specifications, and from any of the JCQ awarding bodies.

The November entry rules above have been agreed by JCQ and apply to all awarding bodies.

If students are changing awarding bodies (for example re-sitting with AQA having previously taken the subject with another awarding body) we may contact the entering school/college for evidence of the students' previous attempt.

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.

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 ULNs page for further information.


Downloads

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:

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.