Tuesday 13 October 4pm – 5.30pm

Code: 7470

Excellent achievement in both the fiction reading in Paper One and the non- fiction reading in Paper Two.


This webinar provides an opportunity to revise exam techniques and boost skills that will ensure progression to the highest levels of the mark scheme for the reading elements of the English Language GCSE. It is designed for those students who are targeting Grades 7 to 9. There will be a specific focus on the analysis of structure and evaluation in Paper 1. In Paper 2 there will be tips to improve answers about summary and comparison. Advice will be supported with references to the chief examiner’s report and exemplified by sample answers.


  • Gain exceptional understanding of how these exams are structured to help you succeed.
  • Develop sophisticated strategies for expanding your analysis of structural devices.
  • Focus on how to evaluate opinions about a text with thoughtful and impressive explanations.
  • Achieve confidence in your ability to summarise the differences between texts skilfully.
  • Enhance comparisons so that they reveal subtle and impressive understanding.
  • This course includes a set of course notes which will be sent in advance of the course.


  • All students of AQA GCSE English Language


4.00 pm Welcome and introductions

4.05pm An overview of the exams

  • What does a grade 7 – 9 pupil look like?
  • Explaining the key words in the mark scheme.
  • How to make intelligent use of your time.

4.15pm Paper 1: Maximising your marks in question 3 – Analysing Structure

  • Exploring how structure shapes meaning.
  • Identifying key structural devices.
  • Building sophisticated structural analysis.
  • Analyse a sample answer – what makes it impressive?

4.30pm Paper 1: Evaluating an opinion in question 4

  • Tips from the chief examiner.
  • How to reach for a deeper understanding of the text.
  • Using analysis of the writer’s methods to build a compelling evaluation.
  • Exploring a sample answer – how could you improve it?

4.50pm Paper 2: How to reach the top in question 2 – Summary

  • Finding relevant links between the two texts.
  • Building a sophisticated understanding through developed inference.
  • Making significant use of context.
  • Building points on a sample answer.

5.05pm Paper 2: Building an impressive comparison

  • Tips from the chief examiner
  • Exploring the writers’ perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Building a confident comparison based on perceptive understanding of the two texts.
  • Exploring a sample answer – how could you improve it?

5.20pm Question and answer session with the examiner

Judith Dixon

Judith Dixon has delivered successful Student Conferences on GCSE English Language and led Teaching Conferences on a range of subjects including Progression in the English Classroom and Planning and Modelling for Extended Writing. She has been teaching English in comprehensive secondary schools for over twenty years. As Head of English, she made substantial improvements in GCSE and A Level results and led the delivery of the Extended Project Qualification.She is an experienced examiner for a leading exam board at GCSE and A Level and has authored an on-line course for independent A Level English Literature candidates.