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Edexcel GCSE Eng Lang Component 2: Non-fiction and Transactional Writing

| Thursday April 30, 2015

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  • Edexcel GCSE English Language Component 2: Non Fiction and Transactional Writing Assessment Pack

Assessment Objectives


AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
AO2: Explain, comment upon and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
AO3: Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts.
AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.


AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

Assessment Outcomes

The component is worth 60% of the final GCSE.

The total number of marks for the examination paper is 96.

The examination is 2 hours in length.

Section A has seven questions. There are two extracts to read. Two questions require short answers.  Five questions require extended responses.  The final question in this section will require the student to compare the two texts, which will be connected on a theme.  This section is worth 56 marks.

Section B has two writing questions. The student selects one of the writing questions to produce. This section is worth 40 marks.


This component encourages students to explore the writer’s meanings and the writer’s language use in both non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts. These texts are often connected by a theme and this theme then informs the piece of transactional writing in Section B of the examination...

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