Literacy in English

AQA GCSE English Assessment Objectives

Explaining the Assessment Objectives

 

AQA English Language AOs
Reading

AO1:

  • 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

Writing

AO5: 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

AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation. (This requirement must constitute 20% of the marks for each specification as a whole.)

Speaking and Listening

AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting.

AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations.

AO9: Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

AQA English Literature AOs
Reading

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to:

  • maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response.
  • use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Writing

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

Key Terms

Terminology

Reading List and Sample Assessment Materials

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