Specifications that use this resource:

Changes to assessment objectives

This resource compares the new assessment objectives to those of the current specification. The AOs are common to all Awarding Bodies and are provided by the Department for Education.

Implications for teaching and learning

Students should:

  • read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading
  • read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often
  • appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage
  • write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English
  • acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

Old assessment objectives and weighting

AO1

Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.

35%

AO2

Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.

35%

AO3

Make comparisons and explain links between texts, evaluating writers’ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects

15%

AO4

Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self and other readers in different contexts and at different times.

15%

New assessment objectives and weighting

AO1

Read, understand and respond to texts: maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response; use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

Paper 1: 15%

Paper 2: 25%

AO2

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

Paper 1: 15%

Paper 2: 25%

AO3

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

Paper 1: 7.5%

Paper 2: 7.5%

AO4

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

Paper 1: 2.5%

Paper 2: 2.5%

What’s changed

  • The assessment of writing accurately is now a separate assessment objective (AO4)
  • AO4 is 5% of the overall assessment which is the same weighting as the Quality of Written Communication in the current specification.
  • Current AO3 which requires students to compare and link texts is replaced by a requirement that 20% -25% of the overall assessment should be comparative.