WJEC/Eduqas English Language and English Literature (9-1) 2017 exams Watch

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I thought I'd start a thread for the new impending GCSE Eduqas English exams that will be examined for the first time this year.

Some basic information. There are a total of 4 exams. The English exam dates are as follows:

English Literature Component 1- 22/05/2017
English Literature Component 2- 26/05/2017
English Language Component 1- 06/06/2017
English Language Component 2- 12/06/2017


This is a basic overview of all four exams.

English Literature Component 1:
Shakespeare and Poetry Anthology
Written examination: 2 hours
40% of qualification

Section A: (20%) Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet; OR Macbeth; OR Othello; OR Much Ado About Nothing; OR Henry V; OR The Merchant of Venice
One extract question and one essay question based on the reading of a Shakespeare text from the above prescribed list.

Section B: (20%) Poetry from 1789 to the present day Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, one of which involves comparison.

English Literature Component 2-
Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry
Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes
60% of qualification

Section A: (20%): Post-1914 Prose/Drama Lord of the Flies (Golding); OR Anita and Me (Syal); OR Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro); OR The Woman in Black (Hill); OR Oranges are not the Only Fruit (Winterson); OR The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (play script) (Stephens); OR A Taste of Honey (Delaney); OR An Inspector Calls (Priestley); OR The History Boys (Bennett); OR Blood Brothers (Russell)
One source-based question on a post 1914 prose/drama text from the above prescribed list.

Section B: (20%) 19th Century Prose A Christmas Carol (Dickens); OR Silas Marner (Eliot); OR Pride and Prejudice (Austen); OR War of the Worlds (Wells); OR Jane Eyre (Brontë); OR The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Stevenson)
One source-based question on a 19th century prose text from the above prescribed list.

Section C: (20%) Unseen Poetry from the 20th/21st Century Two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.

English Language Component 1
20th century reading and creative prose writing
Written Examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
40% of qualification

Section A: (20%) – Reading Understanding of one prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions

Section B: (20%) – Prose Writing One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles

English Language Component 2
19th and 21st century non-fiction reading and transactional/persuasive writing
Written Examination: 2 hours
60% of qualification

Section A: (30%) – Reading Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of high-quality non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions

Section B: (30%) – Writing Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks


Now, let's look at what the specification says about the different AOs and content overview.

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry
Section A: (20%) Shakespeare (40 marks)
Romeo and Juliet; OR Macbeth; OR Othello; OR Much Ado About Nothing; OR Henry V; OR The Merchant of Venice
This assessment will test, through one extract-based question and one essay question on the text as a whole, knowledge and understanding of a Shakespeare text. Learners will be expected to comment on Shakespeare’s use of language, structure and form and show an understanding of key themes, characters and ideas within the text. This section will also test learners' spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Section A assesses AO1, AO2 and AO4.

Section B: (20%) Poetry 1789 to the present day (40 marks)
This assessment will test knowledge and understanding of poetry from 1789 to the present day. Learners will be assessed on two poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology. In the first question, learners will be asked to write about a specified poem. In the second question, learners will be asked to write about a second poem chosen from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, and compare it to the first. Learners will be expected to consider the context of each poem, its content and key ideas, and the poets’ use of language, structure and form.
Learners must study all of the poems in the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology in preparation for this assessment. The anthology covers a range of poetry and is designed to introduce learners to the rich heritage of poetry across centuries as well as illustrating how poets explore similar themes in different ways.
Section B assesses AO1, AO2 and AO3.


English Literature Component 2-
Section A (20%) Post 1914 Prose/Drama (40 marks)
Lord of the Flies (Golding); OR Anita and Me (Syal); OR Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro); OR The Woman in Black (Hill); OR Oranges are not the Only Fruit (Winterson); OR The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (play script) (Stephens); OR A Taste of Honey (Delaney); OR An Inspector Calls (Priestley); OR The History Boys (Bennett); OR Blood Brothers (Russell)
This assessment will test, through a source based response, knowledge and understanding of the post-1914 prose/drama text. Learners will be expected to comment on the writer's use of language, structure and form and show an understanding of key themes, characters and ideas within the text. This assessment will also test learner's spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Section A assesses AO1, AO2 and AO4.

Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose (40 marks)
A Christmas Carol (Dickens); OR Silas Marner (Eliot); OR War of the Worlds (Wells); OR Pride and Prejudice (Austen); OR Jane Eyre (Brontë); OR The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Stevenson)
This assessment will test, through a source based response, knowledge and understanding of the 19th century prose novel. Learners will be expected to comment upon the context of the prose text, the language, structure and form of the text and key themes, characters and ideas within the text.
Section B assesses AO1, AO2 and AO3.


English Language Component 1:
Section A: (20%) – Reading (40 marks) This section will test through structured questions the reading of an unseen extract from one 20th century literary prose text (about 60-100 lines). This section assesses AO1, AO2 and AO4.

Section B: (20%) – Prose Writing (40 marks) This section will test creative prose writing through one 40-mark task. Candidates will be offered a choice of four titles giving opportunities for writing to describe and narrate, and imaginative and creative use of language. This response should be a narrative / recount. Candidates who write purely descriptively, or use a form other than that specified, such as poetry or drama, will not be able to access the full mark range as shown in the assessment criteria.
This section assesses AO5 and AO6.

English Language Component 2:
Section A: (30%) – Reading (40 marks) This section will test through structured questions the reading of two high-quality unseen non-fiction texts (about 900-1200 words in total), one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century. Non-fiction texts may include, but will not be limited to: letters, extracts from autobiographies or biographies, diaries, reports, articles and digital and multi-modal texts of various kinds from newspapers and magazines, and the internet.
This section assesses AO1 (and 2), AO2, AO3 and AO4.

Section B: (30%) – Writing (40 marks) This section will test transactional, persuasive and/or discursive writing through two equally weighted compulsory tasks (20 marks each). Across the two tasks candidates will be offered opportunities to write for a range of audiences and purposes, adapting style to form and to real-life contexts in, for example, letters, articles, reviews, speeches, etc.
This section assesses AO5 and AO6.


Here are the AOs explained:

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


English Language:
AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
AO2: Explain, comment on 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.
AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively, and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audience. 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.

I can't stress how important the AOs are. It's literally how I form my responses to all the different types of questions. In the next part I'll show my techniques for ALL the types of questions. I also have some resources that I want to add share, as there are limited resources available online.
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First of all, let’s start with the 20th Century literature text. I have looked over the sample assessment materials and the additional resource available on the Eduqas website, and realised that they are laid out in an exact identical manner. Now, this absolutely does NOT mean that the questions will be laid out like this in the real exam, but I’m only using it to show how you would respond to the question IF it did come up. Besides it’s a good way to practice the different AOs. So here is how the sample material was arranged like:

  • There will be two 5 mark questions; one will ask you to list and the other will ask you ‘how’ the writer shows you something.

For the listing question, you simply have to list 5 things. I have been informed on numerous occasions not to write in paragraphs and instead to write in bullet points, but for me personally it doesn’t feel natural nor complete. I want to be on the safe side, just in case. But again, whatever suits you best!! When answering this question, you should be identifying explicit and implicit information. For example:

Amy was running to her English class.

Explicit information- Amy was running to her class

Implicit information- Amy was late

The sentence doesn’t say that Amy was late, it just simply saying that she was running to her class. You don’t know why she was running to her class. This could be due to a number of underlying reasons and one of the possible reasons I suggested was that she was late. To draw an inference you can use the word ‘suggest’ or ‘infer’.

In the exam I would personally recommend writing 5 inferences and 5 over-the-surface (explicit) details that are joined together, to fully secure your 5 marks. For instance, if the question was: what do you learn about Amy, you can say the following:

Amy “was running to her class”, which suggests that she was late.

Doing 4 more of these should secure your 5 marks hopefully!!

For the second 5 mark question, you will be expected to explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence their readers, whilst using subject terminology to support their views.

Thus, you’ll have to make several comments about the event in question whilst analysing how language and tone are used to achieve effects. You must also explore details of the writer’s technique and how subsequently the reader is influenced. This may seem a bit confusing, so allow me to elaborate. I will attach some files that outline subject terminology, language and tone, which are applicable to all the different components across the entire course!!!!

If the question was something like, how does the writer show you Justo’s physical strength and power in these lines, I would first mark the lines it’s asking me about, in order to not confuse myself. Then, I’d use the question to form my sentence starter, although I wouldn’t be using this frequently, as it tends to become dull after a while:

The writer show’s you Justo’s physical strength and power through the metaphor (subject terminology)…., which highlights (exploring effect)

Furthermore, the writer uses the adverb (language)….. to show the extent to which…

You continue doing this until you have a sufficient paragraph that has plenty of subject terminology and language features including the supporting analysis. It’s really important that you don’t ‘feature-spot’, which involves you identifying as many language features and subject terminology without explaining and analysing the effect and the influence it has on the reader. There’s no purpose in me stating that there is a simile, metaphor, exclamatory phrase, tripling etc. without explaining the effect.

I would roughly spend around 7-8 minutes on the 5 mark questions.
  • There will be two 10 mark questions which both test the above AO. Therefore, apply the exact same technique, but this time include double the points and analysis you did in the 5 mark question. For each 10 mark question spend 15 minutes.
  • The final 10 mark question will test AO3, which involves you evaluating (looking at the positives/negatives) the text critically whilst mentioning textual references. This one is the hardest question to answer. It’s a bit complicated to state what to do exactly, as each question differs from one another. However, you must give a persuasive evaluation of the text, whilst talking about the effects and using purposeful textual references. There will always be a bullet pointed little checklist that explains how to tackle the question, e.g. it might ask you to write about your own thoughts and feeling and how the writer has created those thoughts and feelings. I would use that to form the basis of my answer whilst using my knowledge of what the AO is asking for.

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I found this extremely helpful, thank you! Would it be possible for you to post more guidance and advice like this in the run up to the english language exams starting on the 6th June please? Especially any advice about what to write for Section B of Component 1 would be appreciated as I would really like to have some ideas in mind in advance!! Thank you!
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Thank you!
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Thank you so much, was really useful, having it concise x
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You totally helped me get my 9!!! Thank you!
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