Who Are The AQA?

AQA, an independent education charity, is a prominent organisation in the UK responsible for setting and grading a significant portion of A-level and GCSE courses each year. 

In addition to AQA A-level and GCSE courses, they offer various qualifications, including AS-levels, Tech-levels (now known as T-Levels), and Technical Awards. These qualifications are highly esteemed by employers and universities worldwide.

AQA’s qualifications play a vital role in supporting learning providers such as ourselves, enabling students to pursue their aspirations and achieve their full potential. This support extends to adult A-Level and GCSE courses as well. 

The organisation also finances cutting-edge research initiatives in education. Ofqual, the government body responsible for regulating awarding bodies, ensures that AQA operates within approved guidelines.

The History Of AQA

The history of AQA dates back to the early 1900s when it aimed to revolutionise the assessment system, which was heavily influenced by social class and gender rather than individual abilities. 

Initially known as the Joint Matriculation Board (JMB) created by Manchester, Leeds & Liverpool universities in 1903, it served as the first examination board.

In 1953, the Associated Examining Board (AEB) was established to provide the General Certificate of Education (GCE) to secondary schools. The JMB merged with the Northern Examining Association in 1992, forming the Northern Examinations and Assessment Board (NEAB). 

Finally, in April 2000, the NEAB merged with the AEB to create the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, which is now recognised as AQA, the largest exam board in England.

AQA A-Level Courses