Make entries with EDI and basedata

EDI is the process of setting up your school or college's management information system (MIS) so that it can receive and send your entries in the right format.

We provide you with a 'basedata' file for a series – this is a file that contains all the information you need to make entries for each student, and details about the specification such as timetable and fees. You can import basedata straight into your MIS.

You can then set up and use JCQ's A2C Migration Application and send us the entry data, or email it to us. Use A2C's FAQs to help you.

The basedata files conform to version 14 of JCQ's formats for the exchange of exam related data, which uses the common JCQ data format.

Set up your MIS

To submit your entries through EDI, you'll need to:

Download basedata

Our main entries page shows when we'll update this page with basedata for each series.

We can only include one discount (or classification) code per award in our basedata. More about discount codes

Basedata 2018/19

2018/2019 unit link file

2018/19 unit link file

This is a text file for your MIS that matches units to awards.

BG18 – November 2018 series

Series includes:

  • Functional Skills (English and Mathematics) at Level 1 and Level 2
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics
  • Level 3 Extended Project.

1A19 – January 2019 series

Series includes:

  • AQA Certificate Level 3 Applied Business and Applied Science (Applied Generals)
  • ELC Step Up to English and Maths
  • Functional Skills (English and Mathematics) at Level 1 and Level 2
  • Level 1 Foundation and Level 2 Higher Projects.

3G19 – March 2019 series

Available from 12 October 2018

Series includes:

  • Functional Skills (English and Mathematics) at Level 1 and Level 2.

6A19 – June 2019 series

Available from 12 November 2018

Series includes:

  • AS and A-level (reformed linear qualifications)
  • AQA Baccalaureate and Enrichment (restricted entry)
  • AQA Certificate Level 3 (which includes Applied General)
  • Functional Skills (English and Mathematics) at Level 1, 2
  • FSMQ (Advanced level) (restricted entry pilots)
  • GCE AS/A-levels (which includes Applied GCEs)
  • GCE Use of Mathematics (restricted entry pilot)
  • Level 3 Extended Project.

6G19 – June 2019 series

Available from 12 November 2018

Series includes:

  • AQA Certificate ( all levels except Level 3)
  • ELC
  • FCSE
  • GCSE
  • Level 1 Foundation and Level 2 Higher Projects
  • Technical Award and AQA Level 1/2 Award.

About zip files

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Each entry option and a small number of component codes within our basedata have a gradeset code. This code identifies the grades that are available for that entry/component. The spreadsheet of gradeset codes for all awarding bodies is published by JCQ.

Older series are on our basedata archive page.

Time allowed set to zero

Some exam papers have been split into multiple components (eg section A is a component and section B is a component, but sections A and B are designed to be taken as one exam in a single exam slot).

As per the JCQ formats, we’ve set the Time Allowed for these components as ‘000’.

Students can spend as much time as they want on each component within the overall exam.