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Edexcel GCSE Fiction and Imaginative Writing

Edexcel GCSE Fiction and Imaginative Writing

Assessment Objectives


AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.

AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.

AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.


AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.

AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

Assessment Outcomes

  • The component is worth 40% of the final GCSE.
  • The total number of marks for the examination paper is 64.
  • The examination is 1 hour and 45 minutes in length.
  • Section A has four questions with a total of 24 marks.
  • Section B has one extended responses with a total of 40 marks, with two choices available.


In Section A the focus is on an extract from pre-1914 literature. There will be four questions related to the extract, which range from comprehension through to offering a critical opinion about how the text has been written. The key factor in this section is the need to give students strategies for coping with complex texts. If the student lacks resilience to read the text, they will achieve few marks.

Section B carries a greater weight of marks in this paper. Creative writing is accessible to students but it is hard to instil in students the discipline needed to get the higher marks. It is important that students are trained to focus more upon effective choices, than overly complex plots.

Lesson One

Learning Objective

  • Students will learn to read a complex text with understanding (AO1)
  • This lesson will use the extract from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Introduction: It is crucial that students are equipped to deal with any text that the examiner selects. It is likely that the text will include archaic vocabulary and complex sentence construction. Therefore, students need a variety of strategies that will help them to deal with aspects of the text that they might not understand.

Starter Activity

Encourage students to reflect on what they do when they read a book. Ask the question: what do you do when you come across a word you do not understand?

Share students’ reflections and come up with a list of strategies that students use.


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