Late awards

A late award is a grade that we send after results day.

If a student has taken all the required units, but they are missing an overall subject grade on results day, you can request a late award from us. This is also called 'aggregating' or 'cashing in' the individual units.

Late awards only apply to modular (unitised) qualifications. They don’t apply to linear qualifications, including the new GCSE, AS and A-levels.

Opening and closing dates

You can request a late award as soon as you find out that the student is missing their award – from the Wednesday of results week.

Exam series

Qualification

Last date for late award requests

November 2017

Functional Skills English and Maths

8 February 2018

January 2018

Functional Skills English and Maths

12 April 2018

March 2018

Functional Skills English and Maths

17 May 2018

June 2018

  • AQA Certificate
  • AQA Certificate (Level 1/2) in Use of Maths
  • Functional Skills English and Maths

21 September 2018

Request a late award

Make sure that the student has enough unit results to claim the award. Then:

  1. use EDI or
  2. complete the late awards form in the Secure Key Materials section of e-AQA, our secure extranet.

We aim to process all requests received by the deadline within 72 hours. We'll update results on e-AQA to show if a grade has been issued.

This is free until the closing date for Enquiries about results. After that, there's a fee.

Request a very late award

If you miss the closing date, the process is different, and your request is called a very late award. There's a charge for this: see fees.

Make sure that the student has enough unit results to claim the award. Then:

  1. Complete the very late awards form in the Secure Key Materials section of e-AQA. (You can't use EDI for very late awards.)
  2. If the student has had a certificate previously issued in the same series for other qualifications, send it by recorded delivery to AQA Entries Department, Devas Street, Manchester, M15 6EX. We can't process the request until we receive the certificate.
  3. Send one copy of the form to verylateawards@aqa.org.uk

Once we've processed the request, we'll update e-AQA with the results within five working days, or contact you if the application is declined. We'll send replacement certificates to you in due course.

There's a flowchart version of this information.

JCQ rules

There's more information about aggregation (combining units into grades) for A-levels and GCSEs on the JCQ site.