Download our English Language GCSE Preparation Pack for AQA Paper 1

Marking mock exam papers just got quicker and easier. This exam preparation pack is designed to help you guide your students towards achieving their target grades, complete with exam questions and answers written by experienced examiners.

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Each question and response in this English Language GCSE Preparation Pack for AQA Paper 1 has been broken down to help you answer the following questions:

  • How are the exam questions structured?
  • What is the grading criteria?
  • How should students structure their responses in relation to the criteria?
  • What should I look out for when marking pupils’ mock questions?
  • How can I support my students to achieve their target GCSE grade?

Your GCSE Preparation Pack contains

Overview of Assessment Objectives (AOs)

Each example answer is colour coded so that both teachers and pupils can clearly see the structure of the answer and therefore why the response has achieved the number of marks awarded.

What’s Required for Each Level (1-3)

A clear outline of what’s meant by Knowledge (AO1), Application (AO2), and Evaluation (AO4) in the context of this question. This means you know exactly what you’re looking for in the students’ answer.

Tips for answering questions

Prompts or reminders for teachers to maximise the effectiveness of these resources.

Example responses at Levels 1-3

These have been written by experienced examiners, as examples of the type of answer your students might give to the questions. We have included responses which would be graded as Level 1, 2, or 3 followed by the reasoning behind the grade.

Tips for teachers

Example questions or comments teachers can ask in order to get students thinking about getting their answers to the next level.

Tips for students

Tips for the students to keep in mind when structuring their answers and ensuring that they address each of the required AOs

Individual Resources in your GCSE Preparation Pack

Pupil Criteria: This is the grade criteria for the NEA (Non-Examined Assessment) simplified so that students can access, understand and interpret the criteria more easily

Pupil Criteria (Example): This is an example of how to use the criteria in a lesson or to accurately assess a pupil’s mark

Teacher Criteria: This is a copy of the original criteria from the exam board so that teachers are able to check and quality assure the simplified version we provide

Questions: This resource provides teachers with a classroom exercise where pupils can answer the questions

Teacher Pack: The teacher pack is the full resource in one place. This contains

  • The instructions
  • The questions
  • The mark scheme
  • The leveled responses
  • And guidance on how pupils can improve the answer to move to the next level

Group Work | Exercise | Activity: This is a single resource that can be used for group work with pupils in the lesson. Use this for the centre of the table, or get students to work in pairs to discuss the criteria and what should be included in model answers.

Answers: This is the answer only. Pupils can answer the questions on a separate resource / worksheet and then receive this to self or peer assess the work.