Edexcel Examiner's Report

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GCSE
English Literature
General Certificate of Secondary Education J360
OCR Report to Centres January 2013
Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations

OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA) is a leading UK awarding body, providing a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of candidates of all ages and abilities. OCR qualifications include AS/A Levels, Diplomas, GCSEs, Cambridge Nationals, Cambridge Technicals, Functional Skills, Key Skills, Entry Level qualifications, NVQs and vocational qualifications in areas such as IT, business, languages, teaching/training, administration and secretarial skills. It is also responsible for developing new specifications to meet national requirements and the needs of students and teachers. OCR is a not-for-profit organisation; any surplus made is invested back into the establishment to help towards the development of qualifications and support, which keep pace with the changing needs of today’s society. This report on the examination provides information on the performance of candidates which it is hoped will be useful to teachers in their preparation of candidates for future examinations. It is intended to be constructive and informative and to promote better understanding of the specification content, of the operation of the scheme of assessment and of the application of assessment criteria. Reports should be read in conjunction with the published question papers and mark schemes for the examination. OCR will not enter into any discussion or correspondence in connection with this report. © OCR 2013 CONTENTS

General Certificate of Secondary Education English Literature (J360) OCR REPORT TO CENTRES
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A661 Literary Heritage Linked Texts 1 A662 Modern Drama 3 A663 Prose from Different Cultures 11 A664 Literary Heritage Prose and Contemporary Poetry 18 OCR Report to Centres – January 2013
A661 Literary Heritage Linked Texts General Comments
This year there were 16 centres that entered their candidates for the Controlled assessment units. The entry was very encouraging as the quality of the responses adequately met the assessment criteria and the marking indicated that centres had applied the assessment criteria consistently. General Administration

This was excellent overall. Folders were submitted on time and were all well presented with detailed annotated comments making the moderation process much easier. In many cases the annotated comments helpfully referred to the assessment criteria. Centres are urged in the future to make sure that the cover sheets for each folder are clearly filled in for all candidates that have been selected in the sample, and that the overall mark on the folder is the same as the one submitted on the final mark sheets. Centres are also asked not to put individual assignments in plastic wallets. One staple in the top corner of the completed folio is the most advisable form of collation for the future. Generally there was clear evidence that internal moderation had taken place and on this entry there were no adjustments to any marks, which was a clear indication that marking was consistent and in line with the assessment criteria. Response to Shakespeare

Most centres responded to the tasks on Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet, but there were also responses to The Merchant of Venice. There was clear evidence that the use of the film had enhanced the interpretation of the play, and centres had clearly used the film to stimulate a general interest in the text. Most candidates showed clear and critical engagement with the play and were able to refer to the text to support their observations. Centres had also clearly encouraged their students to look at the set scene in the context of the whole play and this enhanced the final response as a result. Response to poetry

The majority of centres responded to the poems by Wilfred Owen, but there were some responses to the Browning poems and also to Christina Rossetti The responses were generally of a very...
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