AQA vs EdexcelWatch
What are the main differences between AQA and Edexcel english language GCSE?
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the differences arent great.
Edexcel and AQA both use two papers for English language. The final grade is weighted on 100% exam (the speaking endorsement is a compulsory element for both, but does not count towards the final grade at all). For both awarding bodies, the first paper concerns fictional prose and imaginative/creative writing in two sections (A and B), while the second paper concerns comparisons between texts and transactional/persuasive writing, also in two sections (A and B). The maximum overall mark for both awarding bodies is 160 marks.
Edexcel has an uneven weighting between the two papers. Paper 1 is worth 40% of the qualification (64 marks), while paper 2 is worth 60% of the qualification (96 marks). Edexcel's paper 1 will always focus on a 19th-century fictional excerpt, with its second paper always focusing on two 21st-century non-fictional excerpts.
AQA's papers are weighted evenly. Paper 1 and 2 both share 50% of the final mark (80 marks each). AQA has three texts derived from three periods: 19th-century, 20th-century and 21st-century. Paper one will focus solely on one excerpt that is fiction from one of the time periods, while the second paper will include excerpts from texts that are from the two remaining periods that the first paper's text did not feature from.