A stronger platform delivers accurate, reliable and on-time exam results to support students in their work or educational journeys.

Business Situation

AQA is the UK’s largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges. Core to its business is ensuring students get the right results in the right way. Within just a few weeks each year, a team of more than 38,000 people scans millions of exam papers. Given there are major security, logistics and pace considerations, AQA needed a stronger underlying platform to support its processes.

"I think we’re probably now the only exam board on the planet that has our internal processing system all in one place, all modular, all out there on the cloud, all on Azure. It’s an extraordinary thing to have done."

Simon Jones Director of Programs & Project Management, AQA


To help with the shift in technologies, AQA turned to Avanade. Together, we created Nexus – an internal processing system hosted on Microsoft Azure. This provides AQA with the scalability and security it needs to ensure accurate results are delivered to students.


The new, stronger platform is delivering accurate, reliable and on-time exam results to provide students with the insights they need to help proceed to the next thing in their working or educational lives.

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