Copyright policy

Our materials are protected by copyright. However, AQA schools and colleges don’t need permission to use past papers, as long as the following conditions are met:

  • materials can be downloaded and printed or photocopied for exam preparation within the school or college only
  • materials can be made available through an intranet or internal website only – which can’t be accessed publicly
  • music files and listening files for modern foreign languages must not be copied or stored electronically.

Downloading copyrighted material from the AQA website implies that you accept these conditions.

Read our copyright guidance document for centres for more information.

Past question papers

Exam papers are available on our website one year after an exam series, so that teachers can use them as mock papers in the year after the first exam. Schools and colleges registered with e-AQA can access past papers through Secure Key Materials (SKM).

Exam papers, mark schemes and reports will be available for a period of three years.

Where we haven’t received copyright clearance for third party items, some papers will have specific content removed.

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If you’d like to reproduce our material, read our policy on the use of AQA materials, then complete our application form.

Copyright acknowledgement booklets

From November 2015 onwards, third-party copyright acknowledgements used in question papers and assessment materials will be published in a separate booklet – one for each series. Acknowledgements will no longer be included in exam papers.

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Copyright guidelines for the press and broadcast media

Find out more about our copyright guidelines for the press

Archive requests

If you need a copy of a past specification to prove previous study, email us at:

For full details of what we can provide, see our archive requests guidelines

Contact us

Get in touch with our copyright team if you have any queries or feedback at: