Discount (classification) codes

Discount – or classification – codes are generated by the Department for Education (DfE). Some qualifications have two discount codes – one for Key Stage 4 and one for Key Stage 5 (post-16).

Both sets of codes are included in our entry codes book. However, we can only include one discount code per award in our basedata, because of its format. You can read more about formats on the JCQ website

We therefore include:

  • Key Stage 4 codes for all Level 1, 2 and 1/2 awards (eg GCSEs), where the DfE have published a KS4 code
  • Key Stage 5 (post-16) codes for all Level 3 awards (eg AS and A-level), and for any other award that hasn’t been assigned a Key Stage 4 code.

The codes included in our basedata are taken from the following DfE websites: