GCSE English Language, Spoken Language Endorsement (8700/C)

Guidance on choosing student samples for moderation in this component.

Our Centre Marks Submission system on e-AQA (e-Subs) does not automatically select student samples for this component. You must select your own sample of students and send recordings of their presentations to the allocated moderator.

Sample size and range

The maximum sample size is 30, with a minimum of 10 students at each of the following grades: Distinction (D), Merit (M) and Pass (P). Don’t include Not Classified (NC) or Carry Forward (F) students.

Where more than one teacher/assessor has been involved in marking the work, the sample must cover a range of assessors.

30 students or fewer

If you have 30 students or fewer (excluding Not Classified and Carry Forward) you should submit all of your students’ presentations.


If you submit a total of 28 grades made up of 13 Distinction grades, 12 Merit grades and 3 Pass grades, you would include all of these grades in your sample for moderation.

Fewer than 10 students at Distinction, Merit or Pass

If you have fewer than 10 students with a Distinction, Merit, or Pass grade, submit all the recordings you have at that particular grade. Include additional recordings at a different grade to make the total sample up to 30 students.


  • If you submit a total of 83 grades made up of 1 Pass grade and 82 Merit grades, you would include the single Pass grade and 29 Merit grades in your sample.
  • If you submit 127 Distinction grades, 115 Merit grades, and no Pass grades, you would include between 10 and 20 Distinction grades and between 10 and 20 Merit grades in your sample. The numbers of each are up to you, as long as you include a minimum of 10 recordings at each grade, and the total sample adds up to 30.

Parental interest

This status is used to indicate that a candidate’s work has been assessed by a teacher/assessor who has a personal interest in the candidate.

If you've assigned any of your candidates a 'parental interest' status on e-Submissions, then you must send their work in addition to the sample above.