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AQA GCSE Eng Lang Paper 1 Section A Reading: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

abateman | Friday September 18, 2015

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  • AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing Assessment Pack

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What is Assessed

At the start of the learning journey share with pupils the assessment criteria as well as the expectations of the exam. It is important that pupils have a full and detailed understanding of what is expected of them and how they need to approach the exam. This is an excellent assessment for learning strategy and it enables the teacher to make expectations clear.

In addition, the unit aims to also demonstrate how you can use extracts from the novel your group is studying to practise some of the questions that they will need to face in the exam. It is sensible to expose pupils to these exam type questions and comprehensions throughout the year rather than just as a single exercise before the exam.

Section A: Reading

  • one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • descriptive or narrative writing

How it is Assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE


Make pupils aware of the importance of using their time well. The timings below can be used as a suggested framework to work within as pupils often don’t factor planning or checking time into their planning. Statistically the best responses are the ones which are planned and have been checked.

Reading (40 marks) (25%)– One Single Text

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks) (10 Minutes)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks) (15 Minutes each)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks) (20 Minutes)

Writing (40 marks) (25%) (30 Minutes – and 15 Minutes for Planning and Checking)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Assessment Objectives

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE English Language specifications and all exam boards. The...

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