Online Macbeth Crash Course

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  • Macbeth GCSE Crash Course
    January 9, 2021
    9:15 am - 4:30 pm
  • Macbeth GCSE Crash Course
    April 11, 2021
    9:15 am - 4:30 pm

English GCSE Macbeth Course

This one-day course will break down this daunting text into easily comprehensible chunks. Students will gain an understanding of the social, cultural and historical context in which Macbeth was written in order to better appreciate the motivations behind Shakespeare’s writings and the messages he was trying to convey to his audience. Our tutor will guide students through the key scenes, characters and themes, refreshing their knowledge and deepening their understanding of the text. Together, students will explore how the plot, characterisation and setting combine to create a particular effect on the audience. Students will develop their ability to critically evaluate scenes and critically analyse language, and will leave with increased confidence in their ability to make informed personal responses to the text.

The day will end with an essay writing workshop which will teach students how to plan, structure and write essays in a coherent and sophisticated manner. 

Learners are supported beyond the course through the provision of high-quality, comprehensive and original material including notes, guides and question booklets. These resources have been specially designed and created to supplement the learning experience. Students will leave the course with a deeper understanding of Macbeth and with the skills and material they need to excel in this section of the course.

Course Structure & Content

Structure of the Days

Classes are from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Registration starts from 9.15am.

There will be a 1 hour lunch break and a couple of 10 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon.

Online Course

This course takes place online. To find out how our online courses work please click here.

Session 1
What happens? The plot, importance of structure and the narrative arc of Macbeth
Kings in context: James I, Duncan, Macbeth and Malcolm (themes of ambition, abuse of power and kingship)
Session 2
The genre of tragedy: where did the Macbeths go wrong?
12.30 – 13.30
Session 3
Women and power: Lady Macbeth, the witches and the themes of gender and the supernatural
Session 4
Putting everything into practice: how to approach the exam extract and question, essay planning and writing to get top marks
Session 5
Extension: exploring imagery, symbolism and motifs


Our tutor’s enthusiastic and accessible teaching styles enable students to feel able to ask questions and interact in discussions. Our tutors receive consistently good feedback from students. Their expert knowledge and fresh teaching approach will help everything click into place.

Michelle Wright

Michelle graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in English. She worked as a private tutor before being recruited by PMT Education where she is now Head of Operations. Part of her role is overseeing the development of both the English and Geography revision material. 

Michelle is a passionate and enthusiastic tutor who aims to further her students’ understanding and help with any areas which may be causing difficulty. She explains everything in a straightforward way, breaking down complex topics so they can be readily understood. Once basics have been grasped, she pushes students on to more challenging concepts. An ability to write structured and well written essays is essential in English and Michelle teaches how to plan and structure ideas in order to achieve higher grades.

Bursary Places

We have free bursary places available on our courses, for more information please click here.

Dates & Bookings

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