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

Russell Carey | Monday September 28, 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.

Three particular forms of writing are explored in the scheme of work:

  • a magazine article
  • a formal speech in a class debate
  • a formal letter to a local newspaper.

Paper 1 Section B: Writing

How is this assessed?

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

The focus of Section B is ‘Writing original non-fiction for different audiences and purposes’. Students answer one Writing question out of a choice of two questions.

The Content for Section B

Learners produce clear and coherent non-fiction pieces, including writing to:

  • describe
  • explain
  • inform
  • instruct
  • argue
  • persuade.

Learners produce original texts in a range of non-fiction forms, for example, articles, speeches and letters.

They develop skills to adapt their writing for different purposes, audiences and contexts.

They explore how vocabulary and grammatical features can be used to achieve particular effects.

They use techniques identified from their wide reading of non-fiction texts to achieve specific effects.

They apply their knowledge and understanding of appropriate linguistic conventions and use rhetorical devices effectively. 

The Assessment Objectives


  • 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.



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