Guidance surrounding use of artificial intelligence in assessments

As artificial intelligence (AI) rapidly evolves and becomes increasingly common, OxfordAQA has provided guidance surrounding its use in assessments.

There are undoubtedly many positives for education that can be gained from AI technology, some of which we have explored before. However, at the same time, there are risks and it is essential that teachers, students and parents understand how AI can be used and misused within assessments.

OxfordAQA’s policy surrounding AI

OxfordAQA will follow the advice produced by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), whose guidance is used to administer exams and coursework in the UK. This guidance is designed to help students and teachers complete non-exam assessments (NEAs), coursework and other internal assessments successfully and ensure our qualifications provide a fair opportunity for every student.

Please consider the following regarding use of AI:

  • OxfordAQA does not consider any student work produced by AI tools to be their own. This means that, as with any quote or material from another source, any use of AI-generated text, images or graphs included in a piece of work must clearly indicate that it has been copied from such software.
  • Any AI software used must be credited in the body of the text and appropriately referenced in the bibliography.
JCQ guidance on AI use in assessments

Please refer to JCQ’s guidance document for further detailed information and advice around AI use in assessments.

Reminders regarding AI use for students and parents

We encourage schools to remind students and parents of the following regulations:

  • Candidates must declare all unreferenced work is their own. Candidates must sign a declaration when submitting any assessments that states any work without a reference is entirely their own. If an AI tool has been used, candidates must not sign the declaration until every use has been correctly referenced.
  • If candidates use material from a source or generated by a source, they must clearly indicate this particular element or phrase is not original and state where it came from. Candidates must give detailed references even where they paraphrase the original material.
  • Where computer-generated content has been used (such as an AI chatbot or image generator), the reference must show the name of the AI tool used, how it was used and the date the content was generated.
  • Candidates should retain a copy of the AI-generated content for reference and authentication purposes.
  • Candidates must not use AI, books, the internet or other sources without acknowledgement or attribution.

Any use of AI that fails to comply with the above guidance is deemed malpractice and the student may be subject to disciplinary practices.

If you suspect AI misuse at any point, you must report this immediately to [email protected] and follow the OxfordAQA malpractice policy.