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Aqa a level English language marks

I’m trying to work out roughly how many marks i need for an A.
Paper 1 - 100 marks
Paper 2 - 100 marks
NEA - 100 marks
= 300 marks total
But the grade boundaries sheet on AQA website says total 500 marks for a level English language ? Where does the extra 200 marks come from ???
Original post by bazzabeebenson
I’m trying to work out roughly how many marks i need for an A.
Paper 1 - 100 marks
Paper 2 - 100 marks
NEA - 100 marks
= 300 marks total
But the grade boundaries sheet on AQA website says total 500 marks for a level English language ? Where does the extra 200 marks come from ???
Hey these are the overall boundaries.

to get A* (90%)
to get A (82%)
to get B (70%)
to get C (57%)
the papers are scaled and doubled. so 100 marks for NEA, 200 marks each per paper. just double/half the marks accordingly.

try looking at 2019 grade boundaries b/c the last few years have been a bit more lenient due to covid
Original post by helenadenise
the papers are scaled and doubled. so 100 marks for NEA, 200 marks each per paper. just double/half the marks accordingly.
try looking at 2019 grade boundaries b/c the last few years have been a bit more lenient due to covid

yes the grade boundaries i have given are of 2019. And my teachers always tell us to look at 2019 too due to it being the strictest ever and how we are now going to go back to pre-pandemic levels. Also what grade are u currently on for aqa a level english language as I would like a few tips on certain questions.
Original post by revision52
yes the grade boundaries i have given are of 2019. And my teachers always tell us to look at 2019 too due to it being the strictest ever and how we are now going to go back to pre-pandemic levels. Also what grade are u currently on for aqa a level english language as I would like a few tips on certain questions.

I'm predicted a B, I got a 69/100 on 2019 P1 and a 79/100 on 2023 P2. I haven't done the 2019 P2 yet. I also got 89/100 for my NEA
Original post by helenadenise
I'm predicted a B, I got a 69/100 on 2019 P1 and a 79/100 on 2023 P2. I haven't done the 2019 P2 yet. I also got 89/100 for my NEA

Great! Do you have any tips for Children's Language Acquisition and Meanings and Representations. Also, language diversity/change and discourses
i'd definitely say to look at the mark schemes so you can see which features are highly valued by the examiner and will get you into the upper bands. for instance, in CLA, make sure you include theorists from cognitive, nature and nurture approaches, and AO1 is worth 15 marks here, so you need to consider semantic patterns, word classes/verb tenses, etc.

for meanings and representations, its 10 marks AO1, so think abt the relationships between words across the whole text (synonyms, semantic fields), sentence types and clause types, the active/passive voice, modal auxiliary verbs, figurative language - these are for the highest bands. i need to work on structuring my essays for questions 1-3 personally bc atm it's all over the place! if you use a feature, make sure you can relate it back to audience, genre or purpose, and how it helps to get across the meaning or representation. this way you're combining AO3 with AO1.

pick a few representations, 1-4, and write a diff. para abt each one, e.g. representation of the author themselves. also consider cultural and social contexts, and any implicit or explicit values that are being represented.

i hope this makes sense - i honestly think that there's way too much to conclude in a 30 minute essay!

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