Here’s our pick of the best recently published GCSE English language and GCSE English literature revision guides (for all major boards, including AQA) for pupils in years 10 and 11 of secondary schools. We’ve whittled down the suggestions to one page, based on recommendations from students, KS4 teachers, heads of departments in the state and independent sectors, tutors and parents with homeschooling experience. Several publishers and authors dominate the lists – CGP revision guides are easy to follow, precise and accessible. They also work well for parents who want to help. Mr Bruff guides are very thorough and ideal to complement a student’s existing notes from English lessons, the Connell guides are useful as an extension to push the more able, and the William Lloydson kindle/audiobooks are excellent for students who can’t wait for GCSEs to finish.
GCSE English language revision guides and books
GCSE English literature revision guides and books
GCSE English literature text guides and revision books
Highly recommended study guide – You Can’t Revise for GCSE English! Yes You Can, and Mark Roberts shows you how by Mark Roberts
A detailed, structured, and very practical method for tackling GCSE revision – both in the long term from the start of year 9 or 10, and once the final summer term begins in year 11. It doesn’t just tackle the curriculum content – there are sections on study skills organisation, how to memorise quotes, and how to cope with stress. The clear and varied layout, featuring easy to read text, tables, diagrams, bullet points, and endless exam-based examples makes this book a winner. Ideal for pupils who find it difficult to motivate themselves for revision.
Essay writing, spelling, and grammar guidance and books
GCSE English language and literature practice papers
GCSE study skills advice and books
Struggle with Shakespeare and GCSE literature books? Have a look at our list of graphic novel versions of GCSE English texts.
For GCSE wider reading suggestions, see our Books for KS4