Grade Descriptions

The following grade descriptions indicate the level of attainment
characteristic of the given grade at GCSE. They give a general
indication of the required learning outcomes at each specific grade.
The descriptors should be interpreted in relation to the content
outlined in the specification; they are not designed to define that
content.

The grade awarded will depend in practice upon the extent to which
the candidate has met the assessment objectives (as in Section 6)
overall. Shortcomings in some aspects of the examination may be
balanced by better performances in others.

Grade A
In a range of contexts, candidates select and use appropriate styles and
registers. They vary their sentence structure, vocabulary and
expression confidently for a range of purposes. They sustain
discussion through the use of a variety of contributions, listening with
sensitivity. They show assured use of standard English in a range of
situations and for a variety of purposes.

Candidates articulate and sustain their responses to texts, developing
their ideas and referring in detail to aspects of language, structure and
presentation. They identify and analyse argument, opinion and
alternative interpretations, making cross references where appropriate.
They make apt and careful comparison within and between texts.
Candidates’ writing has shape and assured control of a range of styles.
Narratives use structure as well as vocabulary for a range of effects
and non-fiction is coherent, logical and persuasive. A wide range of
grammatical constructions is used accurately. Punctuation and spelling
are correct; paragraphs are well constructed and linked to clarify the
organisation of the writing as a whole.

Grade C
Candidates match their talk to the demands of different contexts.
They use varied vocabulary and organise their talk to communicate
clearly, engaging the interest of the listener. In discussion, candidates
make significant contributions, varying how and when they participate.
They show confident use of standard English in situations which
require it.
Candidates show understanding of the ways in which meaning and
information are conveyed in a range of literary and non-literary texts.
They give personal and critical responses to literary texts, referring to
aspects of language, structure and themes in justifying their views.
They select and summarise a range of information from different
sources.
Candidates’ writing engages and sustains the reader’s interest. It
shows adaptation of style and register to different forms, including
using an impersonal style where appropriate. Candidates use a range
of sentence structures and varied vocabulary to create effects.
Paragraphing and correct punctuation are used to make the sequence
of events or ideas coherent and clear to the reader. Spelling is accurate
and handwriting is neat and legible.

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