For parents

Here you can find information and news to help you understand exam processes to support your child. You can also follow us on Twitter @AQA.

You may also like to use the Department for Education website for more information.

If you need specific information about your child's options or results, please speak to their school or college directly. We are unable to discuss their personal circumstances with you.

Next results day

Results dateExam seriesQualification
Thursday 7 January 2016November 2015
  • GCSE English and Mathematics (re-sits only)
  • Functional Skills (English, ICT and Mathematics) 
  • Level 3 Extended Project
Thursday 3 March 2016January 2016
  • AQA Certificate in English Language
  • Functional Skills (English, ICT and Mathematics)
  • FSMQ (Foundation and Higher levels)
  • Level 1 Foundation and Level 2 Higher Projects
  • VRQ Counselling (final re-sits only) 

Read about supporting your child on their results day.

Supporting children with their revision

Hear from five education experts on their top tips to parents for dealing with the stresses of exam season and supporting thier children. 

Making the grade

Watch our Making the grades video to see how grades are set.

Choosing subjects

You can now read about the subjects we offer on our A-Z subject summary. From the summary you can follow links to the specification and subject pages to see why students choose these subjects.

If you are the parent of a private candidate or home-schooler, you can check what subjects are available to them on our private candidates' subjects and qualifications page.

Changes to A-level and GCSE qualifications

There is much in the media about how qualifications are changing. On this page, we will keep you up to date with the changes and what they mean for your child(ren). You can also see our News and policy web pages.

Changes to early entry

From September 2013, your child's first attempt in their GCSE exams will be the only one counted in school/college performance tables. This may affect when teachers choose to enter your child for their exams.

You can read about the Government's decision on the Department for Education's website and speak to your child's teachers if you have any questions.

Raising the participation age

The Government has raised the participation age for students. Currently, all students need to stay in full-time education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. From June 2015, this changes to 18. The Department for Education has produced a fact sheet for parents.

You can also read more on Raising participation age on our News and policy web pages where you can find out about our qualifications for students who need to stay in school as well as about options for students who feel they can't study at a higher level.