Date: Tuesday 22 September 2020 – 4pm to 5.30pm

Code: 7522

Excellent achievement in both the Shakespeare and Nineteenth Century Prose questions in Paper One.

This webinar will concentrate on Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet for the Shakespeare questions and A Christmas Carol and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for the nineteenth century prose question.


This webinar will enable students to develop exam techniques and skills that will ensure progression to the highest levels of the mark scheme for the Shakespeare and nineteenth century prose questions. There will be a particular focus on how to analyse the extracts thoughtfully and link the extract to the rest of the text. The course will explore some of the main themes of the play as well providing guidance on the best ways to support ideas with contextual knowledge and analysis of the writers’ techniques. There will be an opportunity to examine exemplar materials.


  • Achieve a confident and ambitious approach towards the Shakespeare and nineteenth century prose questions in the exam
  • Obtain top level strategies for producing impressive and sophisticated essays.
  • Gain exceptional understanding about the range of techniques writers use to shape meaning.
  • Learn to discern the subtle meanings found through the exploration of historical context.
  • This course includes a set of course notes which will be sent in advance of the course.


  • All students of AQA GCSE English Literature


4.05 Maximising your marks in Literature

  • Explaining the key words in the mark scheme.
  • Structuring an excellent literature essay.
  • How to make intelligent use of your time.

4.20pm Impressive analysis of an extracts from Shakespeare

  • Tips from the Chief Examiner.
  • Approaching an extract from Shakespeare: what to look for.
  • Identifying key themes in your extract.
  • Exploring the significance of context.
  • Selecting links from throughout the play to create a sophisticated essay.

4.50 Sophisticated essays on Nineteenth Century Prose

  • Tips from the Chief Examiner.
  • Making best use of the extract – character, language features and themes.
  • Thoughtful selection of links across the text.
  • Using context to explore the writer’s ideas.
  • Building your points to develop a coherent and convincing essay.

5.20 pm Final question and answer session

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.