Policy reports 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.


AQi is an online hub for insight, data and new thinking on the future of assessment and qualifications. Our mission is to inform, stimulate and provide a neutral platform for debate, bringing together different points of view on policy and practice.

We publish discussion papers and briefings, explore data and convene events. To find out more please visit AQi.

Reports and briefings

The Power of Deep Knowledge

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.

GCSE Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) briefing

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.

Post-qualification admissions

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.

From the archive

The Future of Assessment: 2025 and Beyond

This report considers the big questions and issues that will shape how assessment evolves over the next decade and beyond. The project is a collaboration between UK and international experts including teachers, academics, employers and policymakers.

Getting the right result

This report was produced to provide an overview of the assessment process, and to illustrate how research evidence informs question paper and mark scheme design, marking, awarding and innovation in assessment.