We aim to provide market-leading specifications and first class support services that are excellent value for money.
As an independent charity, any money we make through providing qualifications gets invested back into education and enables us to develop and offer a broad range of qualifications. It also funds other educational services, such as assessment research, and our AQA Unlocking Potential mentoring scheme for young people.
As well as paying for our assessment services, exam fees enable us to offer a comprehensive support and training package for teachers, and opportunities for professional development (CPD). We are also investing in the quality of our examining teams by enhancing our support and training.
We work hard to manage our operational costs because being careful with our money means we can help more students go further. Our overall aim is to keep our prices competitive, while taking account of the changes to the exam system which are leading to increased costs and fewer entries in some qualifications.
As a result, we have continued to vary the level of our fees, for example setting higher fees for some 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 and secure the future of our qualifications.
We’ve applied new fees across the full suite of GCSEs, AS and A-level qualifications. We recognise the impact of budget freezes and funding cuts on schools and colleges, so when we set our new fees for June 2019 for GCSEs and non-general qualifications, the increases were below the rate of inflation. We’ve applied a slightly higher fee increase to the AS qualifications to reflect the higher delivery costs and low entry volumes.
As always, our focus is on making sure that marking is accurate, but we understand in some circumstances a review of marking may be needed. To make sure our post-results services are accessible for all schools and colleges, our prices for our post-results services will remain unchanged.