Copyright and intellectual property policy

All AQA materials are protected by copyright, and may only be reproduced with written permission.

  • AQA materials must not be reproduced on third party websites – in any format.
  • We do not grant permission for AQA materials to appear in YouTube videos (or similar sites or apps).
  • We grant a limited number of print and eBook permissions to authors and publishers.
  • You may link to documents on the AQA public website from your own website.

Use of materials by registered centres

AQA-registered schools and colleges can use our materials if the following conditions are met:

  • materials can be downloaded and printed or photocopied for exam preparation within the school or college only
  • materials can be made available through an intranet or internal website only – which can’t be accessed publicly
  • music files and listening files for modern foreign languages must not be copied or stored electronically.

Downloading copyrighted material from the AQA website implies that you accept these conditions.

Secure documents and exam materials

Secure documents for teachers and examiners are stored on our secure extranet, e-AQA. Secure documents may be used within registered schools and colleges on their intranet or virtual learning environment (VLE) only.

You must not reproduce secure documents on any public website or any type of social media.

You must not reproduce – or discuss – any non-exam assessment (NEA) tasks or preliminary materials that relate to future exams on any public website or any type of social media platform. Doing so may lead to a malpractice investigation.

Read our copyright policy document for centres for more information.


If you’d like to reproduce our material, read our policy on the use of AQA materials, then complete our application form.

Past question papers

Exam papers are available on our website one year after an exam series, so that teachers can use them as mock papers in the year after the first exam. Schools and colleges registered with e-AQA can access past papers through Secure Key Materials (SKM).

Exam papers, mark schemes and reports will be available for a period of three years.

Where we haven’t received copyright clearance for third party items, some papers will have specific content removed.

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Copyright acknowledgement booklets

From November 2015 onwards, third-party copyright acknowledgements used in question papers and assessment materials will be published in a separate booklet – one for each series. Acknowledgements will no longer be included in exam papers.

View booklets

Copyright guidelines for the press and broadcast media

Find out more about our copyright guidelines for the press

Archive requests

If you need a copy of a past specification to prove previous study, email us at:

For full details of what we can provide, see our archive requests guidelines

Contact us

Get in touch with our copyright team if you have any queries or feedback at: