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GCSE
Specification

English Language
For exams January 2011 onwards and
For certification June 2012 onwards

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GCSE
Specification




English Language
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Our specification is published on our website (http://www.aqa.org.uk). We will let centres know in writing about
any changes to the specification. We will also publish changes on our website. The definitive version of our
specification will always be the one on our website, this may differ from printed versions.


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Contents
1 Introduction 2
1a Why choose AQA? 2
1b Why choose GCSE English Language? 3
1c How do I start using this specification? 4
1d How can I find out more? 4

2 Specification at a Glance 5…

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1 Introduction

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1a Why choose AQA?
We, AQA, are the United Kingdom's favourite individual support for Controlled Assessment
awarding body and more students get their academic
qualifications from us than from any other board. But 24-hour support through…

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Subject Content

8 Summary of Subject Content
1b Why choose GCSE English Language?
This specification allows candidates to Speaking and Listening is internally assessed 1
demonstrate their ability in functional English; and is common to GCSE English and GCSE…

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1c How do I start using this specification?
1 To ensure you receive all the teaching and Step two:
examination material, it is important that the person Inform your Exam Officer of your choice
responsible for making the decision…

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2 Specification at a Glance
GCSE English Language

Unit 1: Understanding and producing non-fiction texts

External examination 2 hours
80 marks
40% of the total GCSE marks 15 minutes

Section A: Reading
20% of the total GCSE marks
40…

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Summary of assessment
Structure of units and examination papers




Unit 1: Understanding and producing non-fiction texts
2 Section A: Reading
At Tier H candidates answer four compulsory questions based on three reading sources.
At Tier F candidates answer five…

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Controlled Assessment
There are three elements to Controlled Assessment:
Task Setting: Who sets the task
Task Taking: How the students perform the tasks
Task Marking: Who does the marking.
Each stage has a level of control (high, medium or…

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