English GCSE

On this page you will find many useful resources mainly suitable for GCSE English including physical Library stock, eBooks, eResources, websites and videos.

Finding English Resources

All books have a classification number on the spine. Here are some class marks to get you started. Click on the class marks below to find out what the Library has to offer for each topic. To request to borrow resources, please click here

Fiction Books

The Libraries have large collections of Fiction books across a number of genres. To request to borrow resources below, please click here

Selected GCSE English eBooks

You can access English eBooks for free from home or college 24/7, which means no lugging heavy books around! Click on one of the eBooks below or visit our eBooks section to search for even more titles. You may need to log in via Shibboleth, or through your institution. Just select 'Northampton College' and log in using your student ID and password.

AQA GCSE English Language Grades 1-5 Student Book
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AQA GCSE English Language Grades 5-9 Student Book
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AQA GCSE English Language Workbook
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Study and Revise: AQA Poetry Anthology: Love and Relationships
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Essay Writing Skills
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Revise English AQA Workbook
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English eResources

Here is a list of commonly used resources. Click an image link to go to that website. Please note that these are external sites and Northampton College holds no responsibility over their content or availability.

BBC Bitesize logoBBC Bitesize: Tips and tricks for writing, spelling, grammar and analysing texts. English learning resources for GCSE English Language students.
British Library logoThe British Library: This website allows you to discover literature from a range of different historical periods.
Complete Works of Shakespeare logoThe Complete Works of Shakespeare website includes the full text of every work by William Shakespeare.
Grammar Flip logoGrammar Flip: Although free access is limited, this is handy website that demonstrates how sentence structures work in English. The 'simple, compound and complex sentence' sections are particularly useful.
IXL logoIXL: A range of online practice questions organised by topic. For GCSE level, select 'Year 11' and above.
The Literature Network logoThe Literature Network: An author index that includes thousands of full books and short stories and poems by over over 250 authors.
Lexico logoLexico Online Dictionaries: Basic grammatical terms are usefully explained here, so check out the grammar glossary and make a start in getting familiar with their names!
The Oatmeal logoThe Oatmeal - Grammar and Punctuation: A fun, comic-style illustrated site of online literature - with an area offering guidance with grammar and punctuation. Great for visual learners!
Poetry Foundation logoThe Poetry Foundation is an American poetry website that features key poems and biographies of some of the world's most famous poets.
Poetry Society logoThe Poetry Society is one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally.
Spark Notes logoSpark Notes features some of the literature set texts including Shakespeare. For each text there is a thorough summary and insightful critical analysis and quiz, so you can test your retention before the test.
YourDictionary.com logoYourDictionary.com: Use this glossary of rhetorical techniques to help your writing pack a persuasive punch.

English Lab

What does the English Lab provide?

The English Lab offers a holistic approach in a safe and supported environment where students can feel valued and in control of their learning.

Using lots of encouragement and praise, students work at their own pace, and teaching styles can be adapted to suit individual needs and as students become more confident, they are encouraged to stretch themselves and attempt new tasks. These are rewarded with positive feedback and help with any stumbling blocks.

The English Lab is suitable for all students although those requiring consistent one-to-one support may find more benefit in an environment where they are the only student present.

Organised by the English department, the English Lab is available to support you with Functional Skills and GCSE English. This year they are offering a slightly different service to comply with social distancing, with the following booking system:

9.00 - 12.00  - 6 bookable slots each hour

13.00 - 16.00 - 6 bookable slots each hour

English Lab Booking Form

The English Lab is also on Google Classroom. Please enter the code n76vvzo

Planet eStream Videos

Planet eStream is an amazing video-on-demand service that holds thousands of film, TV and radio resources for use with your studies. Click below to search  videos you may find useful for your course.

To log in:

  1. Go to Planet eStream
  2. Enter your College login details and password then click Log in

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Information and Study skills

The Library can offer support within any of the following areas. Click on any of the topics below to go to the Information and Study Skills Moodle page which includes Study Smart courses for each topic as well as activities, PowerPoint presentations and useful information leaflets.

The Library's Learning Facilitators are available to support you in developing your writing, computer, information and study skills. They are here to help you on your path to independent learning. If you need help with any of the areas listed above please talk to a Learning Facilitator.

Please note that access to Learning Facilitators this year is via appointment only. Please email library@northamptoncollege.ac.uk with information on which areas or topics you would like help with. We will then arrange an appointment with you as soon as possible.