AQA Certificate, Functional Skills

AQA | Private candidates | Subjects and qualifications information for private candidates | AS and A-levels

Subject specifications that are available to candidates are listed below. Please select a specification to see details of any additional restrictions and/or special conditions for private candidates.

Rules that are applicable to all students for these specifications (for example which optional exams can and can't be taken together) can be found in our Entry codes document and subject specification documents.

AQA Certificate (number in brackets is the specification code)

Further Mathematics (8365) (AQA Level 2 Certificate) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2020

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Mathematical Studies (1350) (AQA Level 3 Certificate)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2020

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Functional Skills (number in brackets is the specification code)

English Level 1 (4720) (outgoing specification)

SeriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
November 2019The qualification has the following condition:

Component 3 – Speaking, Listening and Communication (controlled assessment)

This component must be taken at an AQA-approved school/college that will supervise, authenticate and mark the work.

Please note the following for components 1 (Reading) and 2 (Writing)

There is an on-screen assessment option to these components. Please liaise with your accommodating centre, who may offer the on-screen route. You can not enter for both on-screen and paper-based routes for the same component in the same exam series

Withdrawal of specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the November 2019 series. It will then be replaced by the new specification (8720) from January 2020 onwards (see below).

English Level 1 (8720) (new specification)

SeriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
January 2020The qualification has the following condition:

Component 8720S – Speaking, listening and communicating (controlled assessment)

Centres accepting private candidates must be willing to undertake and assess this component.

March 2020
June
2020

English Level 2 (4725) (outgoing specification)

SeriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
November 2019

The qualification has the following condition:

Component 3 – Speaking, Listening and Communication (controlled assessment)

This component must be taken at an AQA-approved school/college that will supervise, authenticate and mark the work.

Please note the following for components 1 (Reading) and 2 (Writing)

There is an on-screen assessment option to these components. Please liaise with your accommodating centre, who may offer the on-screen route. You can not enter for both on-screen and paper-based routes for the same component in the same exam series.

Withdrawal of specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the November 2019 series. It will then be replaced by the new specification (8725) from January 2020 onwards (see below).

English Level 2 (8725) (new specification)

SeriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
January 2020

The qualification has the following condition:

Component 8720S – Speaking, listening and communicating (controlled assessment)

Centres accepting private candidates must be willing to undertake and assess this component.

March 2020
June
2020

Mathematics Level 1 (4367) (outgoing specification)

SeriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
November 2019

None – this qualification is available to private candidates. However, please note the following:

  • pre-release data sheets will be sent to your accommodating centre about four working weeks before the timetabled exam and you should arrange to collect this from the exams officer
  • you will be able to familiarise yourself with the contexts, clarifying any specialised vocabulary and considering the possible mathematics in the situation presented
  • the pre-release data sheets can not be taken into the exam room
  • a clean copy of the data along with any further data required for the other questions will be issued to you at the start of the exam
  • this sheet will not be collected in and marked, so you should ensure that all working is presented in the question paper/answer booklet.

Withdrawal of specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the November 2019 series. It will then be replaced by the new specification (8361) from January 2020 onwards (see below).

Mathematics (8361) (new specification)

SeriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
January 2020None - this qualification is available to private candidates.
March 2020
June
2020

Mathematics Level 2 (4368) (outgoing specification)

SeriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates.
November 2019

None – this qualification is available to private candidates. However, please note the following:

  • pre-release data sheets will be sent to your accommodating centre about four working weeks before the timetabled exam and you should arrange to collect this from the exams officer
  • you will be able to familiarise yourself with the contexts, clarifying any specialised vocabulary and considering the possible mathematics in the situation presented
  • the pre-release data sheets can not be taken into the exam room
  • a clean copy of the data along with any further data required for the other questions will be issued to you at the start of the exam
  • this sheet will not be collected in and marked, so you should ensure that all working is presented in the question paper/answer booklet.

Withdrawal of specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the November 2019 series. It will then be replaced by the new specification (8362) from January 2020 onwards (see below).

Mathematics Level 2 (8362) (new specification)

SeriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
January 2020None - this qualification is available to private candidates.
March 2020
June
2020