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OCR GCSE Eng Lang J351/01 Communicating Information & Ideas: Reading Scheme

Russell Carey | Thursday September 24, 2015

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  • OCR GCSE English Language Component J351/01:Communicating Information and Ideas Assessment Pack


This resource makes reference to the exam board’s published specification and sample assessment materials. At the time of writing, there have been no live materials. The first question papers will be taken in the summer of 2017. When working with particular year groups, teachers should refer to the relevant year’s specification.

The resource concentrates on two extended Reading texts. Teachers may wish to supplement these with the reading of shorter non-fiction texts of their own choice.

Associated Resources

GCSE English Language OCR Paper 1 Reading Resources.docx

This document contains two non-fiction texts for use with this scheme of work. These two texts are longer than the ones found in the exam board’s sample Paper 1 in order to facilitate a range of useful teaching and learning activities.

Paper 1 Section A: Reading

How is this assessed?

The Reading section of Component 1 is weighted at 50% of the overall mark for Paper 1 and 25% of the total GCSE in English Language.

All questions are compulsory. Students read and respond to two unseen authentic non-fiction texts.

One text is from the 19th century. The other is from either the 20th or the 21st century.

There are two lower tariff and two higher tariff questions in the Reading section.

Assessment Objectives


  • 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.

What the specification says about the...

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