Original marked paper (access to scripts)

You can request 'access to scripts' for an original marked exam paper to use for your teaching and learning.

The Access to Scripts Original is specifically for teaching and learning purposes, so don’t request this service if you want to request a review or priority review of marking, a clerical re-check or an appeal. If an Access to Scripts Original request is made, you cannot then submit a request for a Review of Marking.

Original papers aren't available for some externally assessed units, but you can request the candidate record form or marking grid instead.

You can request an exam paper for:

  • GCSEs
  • AS and A-levels
  • AQA Certificates
  • FSMQ
  • Functional Skills
  • Applied Generals.


The fee for this service is £6.80 per paper.

Request a marked paper

To request a marked paper:

  1. Log in to Centre Services and select ‘Post-exams’ and ‘Post-results services’
  2. Select ‘Access to scripts’, either ‘Request by candidate’ or ‘Request by component
  3. Choose the 'Original’ option on the submission screen.
Exam seriesRequest deadline
March 2022
Functional Skills
19 May 2022
June 2022
A-level; AS; Level 3 Certificate; Functional Skills; Applied General; GCSE; AQA Certificate; Entry Level Certificate; FCSE; Project; L1/L2 Awards
29 September 2022

How long it takes

You’ll receive the papers within five weeks of the request.

What happens next

Original marked papers will be paper or electronic copies. They may arrive in several batches.

If there's a problem with the copies you receive, let us know within two weeks – we may not be able to help you after that.

If you want to cancel a request for an original marked paper (because you want to request a review of marking or clerical re-check or appeal), let us know immediately. There might still be time for us to cancel sending the original marked paper.