Policy papers and briefings

AQA shares its expertise in assessment and qualifications policy by engaging with teachers, students, parents, politicians, policymakers and thought leaders. One of the ways we do this is by publishing reports and briefings.

The Power of Deep Knowledge

July 2021

An AQA Policy Briefing on Level 2 Project qualifications. This champions more students taking the Level 2 Higher Project Qualification (HPQ) – both for deepening their knowledge of something about which they’re passionate, and for the independent working, research, project management and communication skills. It also explores HPQs’ potential as a ‘missing bridge’: between academic and vocational routes, between knowledge and skills, and between interdisciplinary and core subject study.

Read: Policy briefing

GCSE Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Briefing

April 2021

The briefing explores why – while there's some merit in a frequency-based approach to vocabulary lists, – the approach proposed by the DfE’s 2021 MFL consultation will not fulfil its objectives for students to be able to communicate about a wide variety of topics.

Read: GCSE MFL briefing paper

Read: Research evidence

Post-qualification admissions

April 2021

AQA is committed to ensuring everyone who sits our qualifications can achieve their potential. To that end, we're pleased to join the calls for a shift to post-qualification admissions – and are engaging with politicians, civil servants and education thought leaders on how best to achieve this.

Read: PQA and the exam system: An AQA briefing paper