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AQA English Language Paper 1

There is far more material in these than you would ever have time to write in the exam. That is deliberate. The analysis here does not provide an 'exam-ready' answer as there is no one 'correct' response. but is designed to get you thinking about the text as a whole. Analysis that speaks to you does not necessarily speak to someone else and vice versa! My own analysis isn't exhaustive and you may not agree with it - but hopefully it will give you some ideas about the kind of points that you need to be making.

Guide to AQA Paper 1, Question 3

(the structure question)

Paper 1, Question 3 of the AQA English Language paper is tricky. Instead of analysing language, it expects you to analyse the structure of a whole extract... and in just 10 minutes! This requires a whole new way of thinking to tackle it and a whole new terminology to write it. In this guide, I go through what is expected of you, what AQA have themselves said about tackling the question, the terminology that you'll need and the questions that you can ask yourself to set you off in the right direction, along with a suggested broad framework for structuring your response. Subsequent videos will go through past papers, looking at the range of analytical responses you could make.

Specimen paper

Step-by-step analysis of Paper 1, Section A of the first specimen paper

Anchor 1

In this video, I explore a range of responses to Questions 1 to 4 in Paper 1, Section A of the first specimen paper issued by AQA. The extract in question is taken from Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier.

 

Anchor 2

June 2017

Step-by-step analysis of Paper 1, Section A of the June 2017 paper

In this video, I explore a range of responses to Questions 1 to 4 in Paper 1, Section A of the June 2017 paper issued by AQA. The extract in question is taken from The Tiredness of Rosabel by Katherine Mansfield

 

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