Entry fees

Information on our entry fees and other charges.

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Where the money goes

We provide market-leading qualifications and first-class support services that are excellent value for money.

As an independent charity, we work hard to manage our operational costs because being careful with our money means we can help more teachers and students realise their potential.

We know that schools and colleges are always under financial pressure so we don’t charge more than we need to for our qualifications and services.

We reinvest our income back into education. This means we’re able to continuously improve our qualifications and assessments and the support we provide and means we’re able to continue to offer qualifications with low numbers of entries. It also funds other educational services, such as assessment research that benefits the whole education system.

As well as paying for our assessment services, exam fees enable us to invest in the quality of our examining teams and to offer a comprehensive support and training package for teachers, including:

  • our subject and curriculum experts
  • subject resources (Plan, Teach, Assess)
  • Enhanced Results Analysis (ERA)
  • dedicated support and advice on non-exam assessment (NEA).

Fees for 2022

Our aim is to keep our prices fair and competitive, while taking account of the changes to exams this year and extra work to put contingency plans in place.

We confirmed earlier in the school year that the entry fees for the November 2021, January 2022 and March 2022 series, would be the same as the summer 2021 entry fees.

We understand the financial issues that the pandemic has created for schools and colleges and we want to support them as much as we possibly can. So we’ve kept our general qualification fee increases for summer 2022 to the bare minimum – our smallest increase in ten years and less than the rate of inflation.

We’ve applied the same increase across all our general qualifications. This means fees for some subjects are still higher than others, such as subjects with comparatively low entry levels or higher delivery costs. This approach helps us to offer schools and colleges as wide a choice of subjects as possible.

We all hope that exams can go ahead as planned summer, but in the unlikely event that exams are cancelled, we’ll of course return any money we don’t need to you, just as we have in the last two years. In total we’ve returned £90.5 million to schools and colleges.

Our fees mean we can invest in the future

We reinvest entry fees into creating and delivering high quality qualifications and assessments, and offering as wide a choice of subjects as possible – along with comprehensive support and training packages for teachers – in the future.

Income from fees also enables us to invest in our technology and develop a secure, modern, cloud-based platform, which will help protect both us and our customers from the growing cyber threat.

We also deliver charitable activities including cutting-edge assessment research and the AQA Unlocking Potential programme, which helps develop and inspire young people facing significant challenges in life.