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Eduqas GCSE English Language Sample Component 2 General Marking Guidelines

Richard Gent | Monday November 13, 2017


Mark Scheme and Indicative Content.

General Marking Guidelines to be used by teachers.

Marking should always be positive, rewarding achievement rather than failure. Marks must always be linked to the marking criteria and in marking the attached paper, markers should use the Generic Assessment Objectives Grid available from the relevant Awarding Body as the base point and the indicative content for each task (see Associated Resources in New WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language Sample Component 2 Indicative Content).

When awarding a mark, decide the most appropriate band/level for the work first, then where it sits within the band/level in the Generic Assessment Objectives Grid.

  • Where the work covers the descriptors in the band/level convincingly the highest mark should be awarded.
  • Where the work covers the descriptors in the band/level adequately the middle range mark(s) should be awarded.
  • Where the work just meets the descriptors the lowest mark should be awarded.

Remember always try to use the full range of marks. Do not be frightened to give full marks if it is appropriate.

The indicative comment for each answer, where applicable, gives areas that candidates may well include in their responses. This is not a checklist and alternative responses could well be valid and teachers should use their professional judgement to decide whether these are appropriate. All appropriate responses should be given credit.

In certain comparative sections, balanced responses will be expected. Where responses are unbalanced candidates will be penalised across the Assessment Objectives in the generic grids.

For the GCSE English Language specification the following assessment objectives apply.

For Reading, Assessment Objectives AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 apply.

For Writing, Assessment Objectives AO5 and AO6 apply.

Reading - 50%

AO1 - Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.

AO2 - Explain, comment on 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.

Writing - 50%

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. (This requirement must constitute 20% of the marks for each specification as a whole)

In this component, Eduqas GCSE English Language Component Two all the Assessment objectives are covered.

In Section A: Reading - AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 are covered in this section. Question A1 assesses AO1 totalling 3 marks. AO1 is assessed in A3 totalling 3 marks and in A5 totalling 4 marks. AO2 is assessed in Question A2 and is worth 10 marks. Question A4 assesses AO4 and is worth 10 marks.  AO3 is assessed in Question A6 and is worth 10 marks

In Section B: Writing AO5 and AO6 are covered in this section. In total, AO5 carries 24 marks; AO6 carries 16 marks . For each of the two questions to be answered AO5 carries 12 marks, AO6 carries 8 marks.

The Generic Assessment Objectives Grids for this component can be found in the WJEC Eduqas Specimen Assessment materials for GCSE English Language Component 2. The link to this set of materials can be found here.

Section A - Reading

Specific content descriptors can be found in the indicative content section for each of the questions in this section. General instructions can be found on Page 22.

Section B - Imaginative Writing

General instructions can be found on Page 29 with the AO5 and AO6 mark schemes on Page 30. 

The total number of marks for this paper is 80. It should be noted that this component is worth 60% of the overall weighting for GCSE Eduqas English Language.

Indicative Content can be found in Associated Resources in New WJEC Eduaqs GCSE English Literature Sample Component 2 Indicative Content. This is not a checklist but it will give markers some pointers on what they might expect.

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