Student reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


Help your students learn more about studying English, and use our resources to help them with their GCSE and A level revision

From Charles Dickens, to Arthur Conan Doyle and Neil Gaiman, Portsmouth is a city with a rich literary tradition.

Our GCSE and A level curriculum resources below have been created to support your students in their English revision. We explore written works shaped by history, looking beyond the words, to study the art, culture and context in which they've been written.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Join Doctor Christopher Pittard to explore Thomas Hardy’s iconic text, its depictions of masculinity and femininity, and the changes which the titular character undertakes throughout the novel.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Part 1

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Part 2

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol remains one of Charles Dickens’ best known works, so why does it’s legacy endure nearly 180 years after it was first published?

In this session, Doctor Christopher Pittard introduces the novella, analyses the opening paragraphs, and explores the character and description of the Ghost of Christmas Present.

A Christmas Carol – Part 1

A Christmas Carol – Part 2