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Why AQA English?

English should inspire and challenge students to do their best, no matter what their background, ability or motivation. Every teacher should feel equally inspired to engage, stimulate creativity and develop their students’ passion for the subject. At AQA we’ve built our specifications and assessment for GCSE and A-level to do just that:

  • we continually talk to teachers to ensure we give them the right support and help they need
  • our qualifications have been designed with teachers’ input to push students to attain their best possible results
  • a full range of support is available, including subject advisors, digital resource banks and access to the largest English teacher community to ensure you get the most out of your students. 

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Our team

English"We’re here to answer any questions you may have about our English specifications. Whether you are currently teaching or considering if our specifications are right for your students, our team of subject and assessment experts are here to support you.

You will always get through to a subject expert as we're not a call centre. We speak to teachers every day, from every type of school, and are proud of the support we give schools."

Gary Pollard, Head of English  

AQA do understand how hectic it is to be a teacher and they really keep us up to date and show their awareness.
Juliette McGirr

Juliette McGirr,

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Textbooks (print and digital)


We're collaborating closely with publishers to ensure that you have textbooks to support you and your students with the new GCSE and A-level specifications

Once the books have completed the AQA approval processes they will be badged ‘AQA approved’.

English teaching resources for KS3, GCSE and A-level


Looking for a starter, lesson idea, worksheet or literacy activity? Teachit has a wealth of resources, activities, worksheets and interactive games - plus teaching packs with everything you need for a series of lessons.

The EPQ and your subject


The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop your students' skills in independent research and project management.