Art and Design: the AQA difference

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Assessment you can trust

Be confident in your marking with our free standardisation meetings for GCSE, AS and A-level

Free face-to-face standardisation meetings

We host free, face-to-face teacher standardisation meetings throughout the country. Our senior examiners lead over 100 half-day meetings for GCSE Art and Design, and over 40 full day meetings for AS and A-level.

The meetings are a great introduction to the AQA standard of marking. They:

  • highlight how work is marked
  • showcase different approaches
  • offer networking opportunities with colleagues from other schools and colleges
  • always feature live exhibitions of students’ work covering all titles and the full ability range – not just PowerPoint slides.

Read our Teacher standardisation and Twilight sessions FAQs for more information.

Twilight sessions

The Twilight sessions are after-school meetings that showcase the teacher standardisation live exhibition of students’ work, with additional curriculum development sets available at the GCSE meetings only. These meetings are free of charge and provide an opportunity to inform and inspire good teaching practice. You can also use them to clarify and demonstrate the different requirements of the specification, and approaches to meeting these requirements.

Twilight session places are unlimited, so the whole art and design department can attend together, and you can bring your AS and A-level students too (ideally after two teachers have attended a Teacher Standardisation meeting). PGCE (secondary) art and design students are also welcome to attend.

Twilight sessions allow you to:

  • understand how to interpret the assessment objectives (AOs) and mark to AQA standards
  • see examples of student work covering all titles and the full ability range
  • network with other art and design teachers in a relaxed atmosphere
  • speak to our presenters who are subject experts.

To book a place, please email events@aqa.org.uk with your name, home address, email address, and the location of the course you'd like to attend. If you book 21 days before the meeting, you'll receive a booking acknowledgement email plus a confirmation email that will include all the event details, including the venue.

These meetings are free of charge, and bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that attending a Twilight session does not replace attendance at a teacher standardisation meeting, and does not constitute standardisation.

Subject communities

We’ve worked with museums and galleries to bring together a range of their free-of-charge educational resources in one easy-to-access resource.

We’ve also worked with some of the leading universities and art colleges to provide a comprehensive range of their resources, including details of community outreach programmes, mentoring schemes and portfolio review sessions.

Subject advisers

Each school and college is allocated a separate subject adviser for GCSE and A-level. You can contact them by telephone or email to receive one-to-one advice on any aspect of the subject or assessment, and/or support with planning and delivering course content. Our team of subject advisers are title-specific specialists and are also experienced teachers and senior moderators.

Online teaching and learning resources

We provide an extended range of materials to help you plan and teach your lessons, and assess your students. These include resources such as:

  • title-specific schemes of work
  • specimen assessment material (SAMs)
  • teacher’s guide
  • student guide
  • resources lists.

Live resources

See our AQA difference 360-degree support flyer for more information about how we can support you to develop and deliver an engaging course of study that allows your art and design students to realise their full potential.

Plan, Teach and Assess

Prepare for your teaching year with our information, support service and resources that help you deliver the relevant specification. We provide you with a growing library of teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

You can also prepare your students for assessment with our specimen and past papers and online standards.

Teacher standardisation resources

Our secure extranet, e-AQA, hosts the following useful resources. You’ll find them in the Secure Key Materials (SKM) section:

  • Past Externally Set Task (EST) papers
  • Past Externally Set Assignment (ESA) papers
  • Reports on the Examination
  • Reminder Notes.

The Reminder Notes include colour photographs of the live exhibitions of students’ work, with commentaries written by senior examiners explaining why each set of work received a specific mark.

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Our customer support team

Our knowledgeable and friendly team are ready to help you, or answer any questions you may have, either by phone or email. Our dedicated and experienced team is always happy to hear from you.

Call: 01483 437 750 or email our subject team.

Email your teacher standardisation queries to events@aqa.org.uk..


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