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pdodd | Sunday March 01, 2015


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  • New OCR GCSE English Language Sample Component J351/02 Indicative Content
  • New OCR GCSE English Language Sample Component J351/02 General Marking Guidelines
  • Text A. The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency.pdf

Text B - Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks is under copyright and cannot be included in this pack. The extract chosen was taken from pages 350-351 from Vintage edition (1994).

GCSE (9-1) English Language Sample OCR Paper

Component J351/02

Exploring effects and impact

2 hours


  • There are two sections : Section A (Reading) and Section B (Writing)
  • Section A - Answer all questions in this section
  • Section B - Answer one question in this section


  • The total mark for this paper is 80
  • The marks for each question are shown in the brackets ( )
  • Quality of extended responses will be assessed in questions marked with an asterisk (*)
  • Before you attempt to write any responses to Section A, give yourself enough time to read the two texts carefully.

Section A: Reading meaning and effects

Answer all of the questions in Section A

There are two texts for use in answering these questions.

Text 1 is a passage from the novel, The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. In this extract Obed Ramotswe, from Botswana, describes his experiences of working in the South Africa in the mines. The extract is taken from Chapter 2 ‘All those years ago’, from ‘I am Obed Ramotswe. I love my country… to…when I told him I would have to go’.

Text 2 is a passage from the novel, Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. In this extract, set in the trenches in the First World War, a group of British soldiers take advantage of a break in the action to bring back some of their colleagues who have been killed from No Man’s Land. The extract is taken from Pages 350-1, from ‘At noon on the firestep in gas masks…to…He was nineteen’. 

Section A: Reading information and ideas

Answer all the questions in Section A


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