Never Let Me Go GCSE Podcast series for AQA

English Literature



22 tutorials available 22 tutorials total

The GCSE podcast series for Ishiguro’s novel, Never Let Me Go, will give you invaluable insight into 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.

Tutors for this module

Stephen Lucas

BA and PGCE, English

Head of English, OCR resource developer

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What Proportion of AQA GCSE English Literature does Never Let Me Go make up?

Never Le Me Go - how it makes up part of your AQA GCSE English Literature exam

Writing an essay on Never Let Me Go is 1 out of 3 sections of the Modern Text and Prose paper of your English Literature GCSE. The Modern Text and Prose paper makes up 60% of your GCSE. 

Students will be given a choice of 2 essay titles to choose from on Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and will be expected to answer 1 of these 2 choices.

The Modern Text and Prose exam will last 2 hours and 15 minutes so it is suggested that you take around 40-45 minutes on this part of the exam.


Assessment Objectives for English Literature GCSE

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across allGCSE English Literature specifications and all exam boards.

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to:
    • maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response
    • use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
  • AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

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