General administration

You can find information about all aspects of administration, as well as all the forms you need, at

Entries and codes

You only need to make one entry for each qualification – this will cover all the components and certification.

Every specification is given a national discount (classification) code by the Department for Education (DfE), which indicates its subject area.

If a student takes two specifications with the same discount code, Further and Higher Education providers are likely to take the view that they have only achieved one of the two qualifications. Please check this before your students start their course.

These specifications comply with Ofqual’s:

  • General conditions of recognition that apply to all regulated qualifications
  • GCE qualification level conditions that apply to all GCEs
  • GCE subject level conditions that apply to all GCEs in this subject
  • all relevant regulatory documents.

The Ofqual qualification accreditation number (QAN) is 601/4456/7.

Qualification title Title AQA entry code DfE discount code
AQA Advanced GCE in Art and Design Art and Design (Art, craft and design) 7201 3510
Art and Design (Fine art) 7202 3690
Art and Design (Graphic communication) 7203 3550
Art and Design (Textile design) 7204 3650
Art and Design (Three-dimensional design) 7205 3670
Art and Design (Photography) 7206 3570

Overlaps with other qualifications

There are no overlaps with any other AQA qualifications at this level.

Awarding grades and reporting results

The A-level qualification will be graded on a six-point scale: A*, A, B, C, D and E.

Students who fail to reach the minimum standard for grade E will be recorded as U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.

Re-sits and shelf life

Students can re-sit the qualifications as many times as they wish, within the shelf life of the qualifications.

Previous learning and prerequisites

There are no previous learning requirements. Any requirements for entry to a course based on these specifications are at the discretion of schools and colleges.

However, we recommend that students should have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE and/or AS Art and Design course or equivalent.

Access to assessment: diversity and inclusion

General qualifications are designed to prepare students for a wide range of occupations and further study. Therefore our qualifications must assess a wide range of competences.

The subject criteria have been assessed to see if any of the skills or knowledge required present any possible difficulty to any students, whatever their ethnic background, religion, sex, age, disability or sexuality. If any difficulties were encountered, the criteria were reviewed again to make sure that tests of specific competences were only included if they were important to the subject.

As members of the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) we participate in the production of the JCQ document Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments: General and Vocational qualifications. We follow these guidelines when assessing the needs of individual students who may require an access arrangement or reasonable adjustment. This document is published on the JCQ website at

Students with disabilities and special needs

We can make arrangements for disabled students and students with special needs to help them access the assessments, as long as the competences being tested are not changed. Access arrangements must be agreed before the assessment. For example, a Braille paper would be a reasonable adjustment for a Braille reader but not for a student who does not read Braille.

We are required by the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments to remove or lessen any disadvantage that affects a disabled student.

If you have students who need access arrangements or reasonable adjustments, you can apply using the Access arrangements online service at

Special consideration

We can give special consideration to students who have been disadvantaged at the time of the assessment through no fault of their own – for example a temporary illness, injury or serious problem such as the death of a relative. We can only do this after the assessment.

Your exams officer should apply online for special consideration at

For more information and advice about access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration please see or email

Working with AQA for the first time

If your school or college has not previously offered any AQA specification, you need to register as an AQA centre to offer our specifications to your students. Find out how at

If your school or college is new to these specifications, please let us know by completing an Intention to enter form. The easiest way to do this is via e-AQA at

Private candidates

These specifications are not available to private candidates.