Access arrangements

Access arrangements, including modified question papers, enable students with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to take our exams and assessments.

How to apply for access arrangements

For most qualifications, exams officers can apply for access arrangements for their students within the JCQ Centre Admin Portal via e-AQA.

For other qualifications, including our Tech-level vocational qualifications, you can’t apply for access arrangements online. Please refer to the JCQ Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments booklet, as there are some arrangements that you will need to apply for, and some you won’t.

If you need to apply, please use the relevant JCQ form for Access Arrangements, Reasonable Adjustments.

The last date to apply in time for each exam series can be found on the JCQ key dates calendar.

If you are a student, parent, private candidate or guardian, please discuss and make arrangements with the exams officer at your school or college.

For more information see the JCQ's Access Arrangements, Reasonable Adjustments and Special Consideration.

Modified question papers

For students who are blind or partially sighted

We use:

  • 18-point Arial Bold font on A4 paper (diagrams/images may be modified)
  • 24-point Arial Bold font on A3 paper (diagrams/images may be modified)
  • 24-point Arial Bold font on A4 paper (diagrams/images may be modified)
  • 36-point Arial Bold font on A3 paper (diagrams/images may be modified)
  • tactile diagrams with print labels for use with 18- and 24-point papers
  • Standard English and Unified English Braille with tactile diagrams (diagrams/images may be modified).

For students with language difficulties

We don't produce modified language question papers. All our standard papers are checked for accessible language, according to the guidelines published by the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD).

How to order modified question papers

From the June 2018 exam series and onwards, schools/colleges will no longer need to make requests for electronic copies of either our standard or large print question papers for students with special requirements through the Centre Admin Portal.

A non-interactive PDF of the question paper will be available to download one hour before the published start time of the exam from e-AQA secure key materials, using the 'Day of the exam' tab.

Hard copies of our modified large print question papers should be ordered in the normal way through the Centre Admin Portal.

If you are unable to use the Centre Admin Portal to request modified question papers please email modifiedassessments@aqa.org.uk

Alternative formats

Electronic or other formats may be available. Please email eos@aqa.org.uk to discuss your requirements.

Modified past papers

Some 18-point modified enlarged past papers are available on our modified past question paper finder.

If you are looking for past papers in Braille, please contact the modifiedassessments@aqa.org.uk and we will be able to put you in touch directly with our specialist Braille producers.