New GCSE English (9-1) Exam

Taught from September 2015, examined in 2017. Detals shown for OCR, Edexcel and AQA.



GCSE (9-1) English OCR

Two written exams, assessed externally by OCR. Spoken language is a separate endorsement, internally assessed and externally moderated.

1: Communicating information and ideas
  • 50% of the total GCSE
  • 2-hour written paper (sections A and B)
  • 80 marks
  • Answer all the questions in Section A: responses to two unseen texts or extracts (25%)
  • Answer one of two extended writing tasks in Section B (25%)

2: Exploring effects and impact
  • 50% of the total GCSE
  • 2-hour written paper (sections A and B)
  • 80 marks
  • Answer all the questions in Section A: responses to two unseen texts or extracts (25%)
  • Answer one of two extended creative writing tasks in Section B (25%)
3: Spoken language

Separately endorsed and internally assessed on the following skills:

  • Presenting information and ideas, selecting and organising information effectively and persuasively
  • Listening and responding appropriately to questions and feedback
  • Expressing ideas using Standard English when appropriate


GCSE (9-1) English AQA

Two written exams, assessed externally by AQA. Spoken language is a separate endorsement, internally assessed and externally moderated.

1: Explorations in creative reading and writing
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper (sections A and B
  • 80 marks, (40 each section)
  • 50% of the total GCSE
  • A. Reading: one literature fiction text
    1. 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
    2. 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
    3. 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)
  • B. Writing: descriptive or narrative writing
    1. 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)
2:  Writers' viewpoints and perspectives.
       
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper (sections A and B
  • 80 marks, (40 each section)
  • A: Reading one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
    1. 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
    2. 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
    3. 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)
  • B: Writing: writing to present a viewpoint
    1. 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)
Spoken language

Separately endorsed and internally assessed on the following skills:

  • Presenting information and ideas, selecting and organising information effectively and persuasively
  • Listening and responding appropriately to questions and feedback
  • Expressing ideas using Standard English when appropriate


GCSE (9-1) English Edexcel

Two written exams, assessed externally by Edexcel. Spoken language is a separate endorsement, internally assessed and externally moderated.

1: Fiction and Imaginative writing
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper (sections A and B
  • 64 marks (A:24, B:40)
  • A. Reading: questions on an unseen 19th-century extract
  • B. Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extract
  • 40% of the total GCSE
2: Non-fiction and Transactional writing
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 96 marks (A:56, B:40)
  • A: Reading one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
  • B: Writing: writing to present a viewpoint
  • 60% of the total GCSE
Spoken language

Separately endorsed and internally assessed on the following skills:

  • Presenting information and ideas, selecting and organising information effectively and persuasively
  • Listening and responding appropriately to questions and feedback
  • Expressing ideas using Standard English when appropriate

Board Specification Samples
OCR
Edexcel
AQA

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