AS and A-level

Subject specifications that are available to candidates are listed below. Please select a specification to see details of any additional restrictions and/or special conditions for private candidates.

Rules that are applicable to all students for these specifications (for example which optional exams can and can't be taken together) can be found in our  Entry codes document and subject specification documents.

Available specifications (spec code)

Accounting (2120)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Anthropology (2110)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Archaeology (2010)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014The AS qualification is available to private candidates.

The A-level qualification has the following condition:

Unit 4 (ARCH4) (coursework unit)

You must make arrangements for your coursework to be authenticated and notify us of the arrangements using a private candidate coursework information form. The form must be submitted at the same time as your entry request.

We strongly advise you to submit a Personal Study Outline Form to ensure that your proposed topic of study for ARCH4 lies within the bounds of the specification. If you need any advice on selecting a topic, please contact the subject team.

Bengali (2635)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Biology (2410)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 3. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 3 and 6.

Units 3 & 6 (BIO3T, BIO3X & BIO6T, BIO6X) (coursework units)

You must be entered at an AQA-approved centre that will accept responsibility for units 3 & 6. Each unit has two available options:

  • option T involves an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) and Practical Skills Assessment (PSA). The work is marked by teachers.
  • option X involves an Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA) and Practical Skills Verification (PSV) and is marked by us.

Your accommodating centre must:

  • supervise the practical components of the units (options T and X)
  • supervise the written component of the units (options T and X)
  • authenticate the work (options T and X)
  • mark the work (option T only)

Business Studies (2130)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014The AS qualification is available to private candidates

The A-level qualification is available, but please note the following 

Unit 4 (BUSS4)

The preliminary material (research theme) will be available from 1 September 2013 for the June 2014 exam series.

The exams officer at your accommodating centre should give you a copy of the preliminary material (research theme) for use during your preparation for the exam, which you may annotate as you wish, but you will not be allowed to take into the exam. 

The preliminary material (research theme) will be repeated within the question paper for use in the exam.

Please note:

  • you should carry out your own research on the preliminary material (research theme)
  • your teacher/tutor is encouraged to give assistance and advice as required.

Chemistry (2420)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 3. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 3 and 6.

Units 3 & 6 (CHM3T, CHM3X & CHM6T, CHM6X) (coursework units)

You must be entered at an AQA-approved centre that will accept responsibility for units 3 & 6. Each unit has two available options:

  • option T involves an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) and Practical Skills Assessment (PSA). The work is marked by teachers.
  • option X involves an Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA) and Practical Skills Verification (PSV) and is marked by us.

Your accommodating centre must:

  • supervise the practical components of the units (options T and X)
  • supervise the written component of the units (options T and X)
  • authenticate the work (options T and X)
  • mark the work (option T only)

Citizenship Studies (2100)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

Both AS and A-level qualifications are available, but please note the following

Unit 2 (CIST2)

You are required to be involved in a range of citizenship activities:

  • These activities can take place in the classroom, in school, college or in the wider community.
  • The exams officer at your accommodating centre should give you a copy of the Active Citizenship Profile, which you should use to record your participation.
  • As part of the assessment for Unit 2, you should bring your completed Active Citizenship Profile into the exam and you can use the information contained in the profile to analyse and evaluate your own evidence and reflection in response to the questions set.
  • After the exam, your Active Citizenship Profile will be kept securely by your accommodating centre until after the deadline for enquiries about results and may be requested by AQA.

Unit 4 (CIST4)

You will undertake a study in regard to one of two pre-released topics.

  • This will involve you undertaking research into the background of the issues involved, the nature and roles of the key players and how change may be brought about to resolve issues.
  • The topics may relate to any section or sections of the course.
  • The topics for the June 2014 exam series will be pre-released and available from your accommodating centre from 1 November 2013 to allow you to undertake some background research.

Classical Civilisation (2020)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Critical Thinking (2770)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014The AS qualification is available to private candidates

The A-level qualification is available, but please note the following

Unit 4 (CRIT4)

Assessment is addressed through a Case Study exercise involving pre-release material, which your accommodating centre will send to you on or after 1 April 2014 for study and analysis in preparation for the June 2014 exam. If you do not receive the material, please contact the exams officer at your accommodating centre

Withdrawal of the A-level

The June 2014 series is the last opportunity to take the A2 units (CRIT3 and CRIT4) and to claim a full A-level award. From June 2015, only the AS units (CRIT1 and CRIT2) and AS qualification will be available.

Dance (2230)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 2 and 4.

Unit 2 (DANC2) (coursework unit)

You must be attending an AQA centre that will supervise and mark DANC2. Questions are set and pre-released by AQA in November 2013, and you select one for study. You should contact the exams officer at your accommodating centre to ensure that you have access to this material.

Unit 4 (DANC4)

A question paper is issued annually in the autumn term, with a choice of questions for the group dance. You should contact the exams officer at your accommodating centre to ensure that you have access to this material.

Design and Technology: Food Technology (2540)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following condition on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (FOOD2 & FOOD4) (coursework units)

You must be attending an AQA centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark these units.

Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) (2550)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following condition on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (PROD2 & PROD4) (coursework units)

You must be attending an AQA centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark these units.

Design and Technology: Product Design (Textiles) (2560)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following condition on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (TEXT2 & TEXT4) (coursework units)

You must be attending an AQA centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark these units.

Design and Technology: Systems & Control Technology (2555)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following condition on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (SYST2 & SYST4) (coursework units)

You must be attending an AQA centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark these units.

Drama and Theatre Studies (2240)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following restriction on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following restriction on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (DRAM2 & DRAM4) (coursework units)

Entries for the practical units DRAM2 and DRAM4 are not available. The qualifications are only available if you have already received a result for these units, which must be used in the subject award.

Economics (2140)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Electronics (2430)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 3. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 3 and 6.

Units 3 & 6 (ELEC3 & ELEC6) (coursework units)

You must make arrangements for your coursework to be authenticated and notify us of the arrangements using a private candidate coursework information form. The form must be submitted at the same time as your entry request.

English Language A (2700)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (ENGA2 & ENGA4) (coursework units)

You must make arrangements for your coursework to be authenticated and notify us of the arrangements using a private candidate coursework information form. The form must be submitted at the same time as your entry request.

English Language B (2705)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (ENGB2 & ENGB4) (coursework units)

You must make arrangements for your coursework to be authenticated and notify us of the arrangements using a private candidate coursework information form. The form must be submitted at the same time as your entry request.

English Language & Literature A (2720)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014The AS qualification is available to private candidates.

The A-level qualification has the following condition on unit 4.

Unit 4 (ELLA4) (coursework unit)

You must make arrangements for your coursework to be authenticated and notify us of the arrangements using a private candidate coursework information form. The form must be submitted at the same time as your entry request.

English Language & Literature B (2725)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (ELLB2 & ELLB4) (coursework units)

You must make arrangements for your coursework to be authenticated and notify us of the arrangements using a private candidate coursework information form. The form must be submitted at the same time as your entry request.

Please note the following for unit 1 (ELLB1F)

The unit requires you to study an anthology of thematically linked spoken and written texts which will offer you the opportunity to consider the three major literary genres and a range of non-literary texts. You will be provided with a clean (that is, not annotated) copy of the anthology for the exam.

English Literature A (2740)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (LITA2 & LITA4) (coursework units)

You must make arrangements for your coursework to be authenticated and notify us of the arrangements using a private candidate coursework information form. The form must be submitted at the same time as your entry request.

Please note the following for unit 1 (LTA1A, LTA1B, LTA1C)

You may bring your set poetry text into the exam room. Texts taken into the examination must be clean (that is, not annotated).

English Literature B (2745)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (LITB2 & LITB4) (coursework units)

You must make arrangements for your coursework to be authenticated and notify us of the arrangements using a private candidate coursework information form. The form must be submitted at the same time as your entry request.

Please note the following for unit 1 (LITB1)

You are permitted to take your texts into the exam. Texts taken into the exam must be clean (that is, not annotated).

Please note the following for unit 3 (LITB3)

You are not permitted to take your texts into the exam.

Please note the following for unit 4 (LITB4)

One of the three texts for study will be a pre-released anthology of critical writing applied to a piece of literature, which will be available from your accommodating centre from September 2013.

Environmental Studies (2440)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

French (2650)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following requirement on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following requirement on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (FRE2T, FRE2V & FRE4T, FRE4V) (speaking tests)

This specification is available provided that your accommodating centre can make appropriate arrangements for conducting the speaking tests 

Each unit has two available options:

  • option T involves the teacher at the centre conducting the tests
  • option V involves one of our examiners visiting the accommodating centre to conduct the tests 

Please note that centres can only enter for the visiting examiner option for units 2 and/or 4 if they have at least 10 candidates for the particular unit(s).

General Studies A (2760)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014The AS qualification is available to private candidates

The A-level qualification is available, but please note the following 

Unit 4 (GENA4)

Assessment is addressed through a Case Study exercise involving pre-release material, which your accommodating centre will send to you on or after 1 April 2014 for study and analysis in preparation for the exam.

General Studies B (2765)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Geography (2030)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014The AS qualification is available to private candidates

The A-level qualification is available, but please note the following 

Unit 4 (GEO4B)

The unit comprises of structured short and extended questions based on an Advance Information Booklet, which will be available from your accommodating centre from 22 March 2014.

German (2660)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following requirement on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following requirement on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (GER2T, GER2V & GER4T, GER4V) (speaking tests)

This specification is available provided that your accommodating centre can make appropriate arrangements for conducting the speaking tests 

Each unit has two available options:

  • option T involves the teacher at the centre conducting the tests
  • option V involves one of our examiners visiting the accommodating centre to conduct the tests 

Please note that centres can only enter for the visiting examiner option for units 2 and/or 4 if they have at least 10 candidates for the particular unit(s).

Government and Politics (2150)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

History (2040)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014The AS qualification is available to private candidates

The A-level qualification has the following condition:

Unit 4 (HIS4X) (coursework unit)

You must make arrangements for your coursework to be authenticated and notify us of the arrangements using a private candidate coursework information form. The form must be submitted at the same time as your entry request.

We strongly advise you to submit a Personal Outline Form before starting your coursework to ensure that:

  • your proposed Historical Enquiry title is suitable.
  • you are complying with the subject criteria requirements (for A-level history, you must study the history of more than one country or state, or the history of more than one period).
  • there is no significant repetition in the material you have studied for the options you selected for units 1, 2 and 3. 

If you need any further advice on your Historical Enquiry, please contact the subject team.

History of Art (Art of the Western World) (2250)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Human Biology (2405)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 3. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 3 and 6.

Units 3 & 6 (HBI3T, HBI3X & HBI6T, HBI6X) (coursework units)

You must be entered at an AQA-approved centre that will accept responsibility for units 3 & 6. Each unit has two available options:

  • option T involves an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) and Practical Skills Assessment (PSA). The work is marked by teachers.
  • option X involves an Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA) and Practical Skills Verification (PSV) and is marked by us.

Your accommodating centre must:

  • supervise the practical components of the units (options T and X)
  • supervise the written component of the units (options T and X)
  • authenticate the work (options T and X)
  • mark the work (option T only)

Information and Communication Technology (2520)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014The AS qualifications is available to private candidates.
The A-level qualifications is not available to private candidates.

Law (2160)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Mathematics (6360)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014The AS and A-level Pure Mathematics qualifications are available to private candidates.
 

The AS and A-level Mathematics qualifications, and the AS and A-level Further Mathematics qualifications have the following condition on one of the optional units:

Optional Unit MS1A (part coursework, part written exam)

This optional unit is only available to private candidates who are re-taking the unit, in which case their mark for the coursework part must be carried forward.

Media Studies (2570)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following condition on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (MEST2 & MEST4) (coursework units)

You must be attending an AQA centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark these units.

The MEST2 coursework brief for 2014 is now available.

Modern Hebrew (2675)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Panjabi (2680)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Philosophy (new specification)(2175)

Philosophy (2170)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Physics A (2450)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 3. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 3 and 6.

Units 3 & 6 (PHA3T, PHA3X & PHA6T, PHA6X) (coursework units)

You must be entered at an AQA-approved centre that will accept responsibility for units 3 & 6. Each unit has two available options:

  • option T involves an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) and Practical Skills Assessment (PSA). The work is marked by teachers.
  • option X involves an Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA) and Practical Skills Verification (PSV) and is marked by us.

Your accommodating centre must:

  • supervise the practical components of the units (options T and X)
  • supervise the written component of the units (options T and X)
  • authenticate the work (options T and X)
  • mark the work (option T only)

Physics B (2455)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following condition on unit 3. The A-level qualification has the following conditions on units 3 and 6.

Units 3 and 6 (PHB3T, PHB3X & PHB6T, PHB6X) (coursework units)

You must be entered at an AQA-approved centre that will accept responsibility for units 3 & 6. Each unit has two available options:

  • option T involves an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) and Practical Skills Assessment (PSA). The work is marked by teachers.
  • option X involves an Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA) and Practical Skills Verification (PSV) and is marked by us.

Your accommodating centre must:

  • supervise the practical components of the units (options T and X)
  • supervise the written component of the units (options T and X)
  • authenticate the work (options T and X)
  • mark the work (option T only)

Polish (2685)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Psychology A (2180)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Psychology B (2185)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Psychology B (2185)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Religious Studies (2060)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Science in Society (2400)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS and A-level qualifications have the following condition on unit 2. In addition, please note the following for unit 4 of the A-level qualification.

Unit 2 (SCIS2) (coursework unit)

You must make arrangements for your coursework to be authenticated and notify us of the arrangements using a private candidate coursework information form. The form must be submitted at the same time as your entry request.

Unit 4 (SCIS4)

A selection of background material on a topical scientific issue will be available through the exams officer at your accommodating centre around 1 May (at least six weeks prior to the exam). The issue chosen for this case study will be chosen for topical interest and to exemplify aspects of How Science Works.

The range of documents provided for study is likely to include 

  • news article(s) from the popular press
  • longer review article(s) from popular media (weekend newspapers, general magazines)
  • article(s) from general science magazines (such as New Scientist, Scientific American)
  • material from specialist scientific sources aimed at informing the general public (such as general publications from the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Society, research councils)
  • paper(s) from scientific journals (edited where necessary to remove excessive detail and to emphasise the form of the paper and the argument – detailed understanding of complex science explanation in a specialist area will not be expected).

Sociology (2190)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014None - both AS and A-level qualifications are available to private candidates.

Spanish (2695)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS qualification has the following requirement on unit 2. The A-level qualification has the following requirement on units 2 and 4.

Units 2 & 4 (SPA2T, SPA2V & SPA4T, SPA4V) (speaking tests)

This specification is available provided that your accommodating centre can make appropriate arrangements for conducting the speaking tests 

Each unit has two available options:

  • option T involves the teacher at the centre conducting the tests
  • option V involves one of our examiners visiting the accommodating centre to conduct the tests 

Please note that centres can only enter for the visiting examiner option for units 2 and/or 4 if they have at least 10 candidates for the particular unit(s).

Statistics (6380)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014

The AS and A-level qualifications have the following condition on one of the optional units:

Optional Unit SS1A (part coursework, part written exam)

This optional unit is only available to private candidates who are re-taking the unit, in which case their mark for the coursework part must be carried forward.

Use of Mathematics (pilot) (9360)

Please note, as a pilot specification, schools/colleges are invited to take part with the maximum number of candidates and schools/colleges participating in the pilot determined by the regulator. 

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2014The AS qualification is available to private candidates at centres approved for the pilot only.

The A-level qualification is available to private candidates at centres approved for the pilot only. In addition, the following condition applies to unit 5.

Unit 5 (USE2) (coursework unit)

You must make arrangements for your coursework to be authenticated and notify us of the arrangements using a private candidate coursework information form. The form must be submitted at the same time as your entry request.