I was very upset at the scores for our small cohorts in both the AS and A2. Students have done many sample essays and I believed were doing well. All marks for content are well below what I had expected, and therefore all other sections for essays were down. Normally I would say, well I obviously did a bad job and have been preparing them wrong, but... Our German cohort, who were also taught by me scored well above what I had predicted and were far worse linguists than the French cohort, which included a native speaker and an extremely talented linguist, who I felt was oxbridge quality. Her essay only gained 12/25 for content and cost her the A* overall. Was anybody else shocked by AQA French essay marks or was it just me? Given the German scores, we will be asking for remarks and scripts back I believe, but I was just curious.