Never Let Me Go is the haunting story of a group of friends whose purpose in life is far removed from that which any of us might expect. The GCSE podcast series for Ishiguro’s novel will take you on a journey through the book and help you prepare for your exams at the end of the school year. It takes you through all you need to know and will ensure that you can answer the key questions you will receive in the exams. The podcast series examines all the different genres associated with the book, the importance of context, the core themes including the importance of art and creativity, ethics of cloning, outsider status and mortality, gives a detail overview of the characters involved and then includes a detailed analysis of the book itself, chapter by chapter. It is brought to you by experienced head of English and exam board specification writer, Stephen Lucas and Dr Laura Salisbury, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Exeter University. Never Let Me Go is also a text for the OCR and AQA exam boards.
English Literature A Level and GCSE Audio Tutorials
The History Boys is Alan Bennett's award winning play including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play. All of our tutorials take you through all you need to now for your GCSE, including genre, context, analysis of key characters and the major themes that run through the play, including sexuality and education. The final podcast will give you an overview of what questions you should expect and how to answer them. The History Boys is also a text for AQA
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or sometimes known more simply as Jekyll & Hyde has entertained readers for over 100 years. Written by Robert Louis Stevenson the novella has impacted our natural language with the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next. Our GCSE series has been written so that you will fully understand the context, genres, themes and characters of this wonderful novella and will guide you through the course and help prepare you for your GCSE English Literature exam. Jekyll and Hyde is a text for Edexcel, AQA, Eduqas and OCR.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon is a fabulous book. A story written from the viewpoint of an autistic child it addresses many issues, such as attitudes to mental illness and parent-child relationships. Our GCSE Literature series explores the key themes, characters, context, genre, form and structure of the book. We also look at all the chapters in detail before rounding off with tutorials on key quotations and how to answer the all important exam questions. Written by Laura Broadbent, an experienced writer and teacher. We are delighted that the part of Christopher is played by Chris Ashby who played the part in the West End
Our Macbeth series for GCSE English Literature is one of our favourites. Our authors, Catherine Hartley and Stella Vassiliou, two fabulous teachers (both 1st class honours graduates from Oxbridge) bring to life and explain one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. We are also honoured to have the renowned Shakespearean actor, Guy Henry, play Macbeth throughout the series.
The GCSE podcast series for JB Priestley’s play, An Inspector Calls, will give you invaluable insight for your GCSE and help you prepare for your exams at the end of the school year. It looks at the genre, structure and plot, why the play is enduring, the context of the play and how it was a voice for Priestley’s beliefs, gives a detail overview of the characters involved and then includes a detailed analysis of the play itself as well as giving hints and tips on exams techniques.
Jane Eyre is a turbulent love story with many different themes, twists and compelling characters, making it a fascinating novel to study. In our tutorial series, written by Charlotte Unsworth, an experienced English teacher, we will analyse the key characters and themes within Jane Eyre, as well as having a detailed look at the importance of the settings. We finish with a tutorial that has been designed to help approach exam questions. Best of luck.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was one of the most popular novels of its day and it continues to be so, with many film and small screen adaptations. In this series we examine all the key aspects that you will need to know and understand for GCSE English Literature, ranging from its context, major themes, character analysis and look at all the different chapters. It's penultimate tutorial examines some of the most pertinent of quotations, including; "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”, which gives a clue to the type of book it is. Written by Jan Heron, a English teacher of many years and one who holds 5 stars on the Rate My Teacher website, Jan is also an exam board examiner so knows what is required to achieve good grades.
Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's greatest and best loved tragedies. In this series for GCSE English Literature we analyse all aspects of the play ensuring that you gain a full understanding of the various complexities, including key themes, characters, context and structure. As with Macbeth we have brought together Stella Vassilou and Catherine Hartley, both of whom received Masters in English Literature from Oxford and Cambridge University and are now teaching GCSE English Literature.
Welcome to our analysis of the poems in the Eduqas Poetry Anthology for GCSE English Literature, written by Rebecca Kleanthous, a specialist poetry examiner. The Eduqas selection of poetry provides a rich heritage of poets from the 18th century all the way to the present day, including romantic poets, war poets and modern day poets, providing a wonderfully varied selection for study. Each poem is analysed in detail, including the context, key ideas, content and the structure and form used, helping prepare GCSE students throughout their coursework and in preparation for their exams. There is a narration of each poem as well as three podcasts at the end that provide techniques to aid in analysing poems, how to compare poems and how to tackle the unseen poem.