Feature List – How GCSEPod can work for you!

simple login system

Our login system is designed to get your students into GCSEPod as easily as possible. There’s no ‘school IDs’ to remember, no complicated logins – just a username and password that the users choose. With MIS integration and automatic student registration, the impact on your admin and IT teams is practically zero, leaving you to get started.


The Dashboard is the first page staff and students see when they log in. It’s the main ‘hub’ for your users, from which they can access all areas of the site. It’s different for staff and students, and only shows the parts relevant for them. This way you know your students won’t get overwhelmed with irrelevant information!

my courses

My Courses is a library of pre-made exam playlists. Each of these corresponds to an individual exam, and contains all the Pods we have that are relevant to it. Your students choose the subjects they cover, and combined with your exam board settings, we’ll filter the exam lists they see. My Courses is great for keeping your students organised – especially those that struggle with self-directed learning – so all they have to concentrate on is the exams themselves.

browse content

We call our content ‘Pods’ – a format exclusive to GCSEPod: videos packed with relevant subject knowledge students can access on any device on, or offline at any time. At 3-5 minutes long they’re just the right length to hold the attention of a typical teenager! Finding the Pod you’re looking for is simple, because we’ve organised it! Our content is arranged by department, subject, topic, and then title; all with clear and easy to understand names.

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to promoting GCSEPod to your teachers, students and parents. Having worked with hundreds of schools over the years, we’ve collected all the best ideas and resources for our subscribers to use for free. Pick and choose from tons of pre-made resources and strategies that have a track record of working in other schools.

search box

If you’ve got a particular Pod or topic in mind, our search box will help you find it. Just enter the word or phrase you’re looking for, and any matches will be displayed for you.

exam board settings

At the click of a button, you can make sure your students only see Pods relevant to them. This will help them keep focused on the areas important to them. Choose the exam boards you teach for each subject, and all the other irrelevant stuff will be banished from sight with zero mess or confusion. You can change this at any time, so if you do change exam board, it’s just a switch that needs flicking.

boost playlists

Boost Playlists are our automatic knowledge gap identification tool. When a student completes an assignment, not only will they receive a detailed report on their strengths and weaknesses, but will also receive an automatically generated playlist, filled with content relevant to their weakest areas. With a minimum of effort, they help refine individualised support right down to a micro level, giving them control of their own learning whilst helping you develop precisely focused intervention and freeing you up to do what you do best – teach.


The Assignments section is where you come to set and mark homework, class tests, or other assignments for your students. Give them Pods to watch, ask them questions, and return marks and feedback all on the same platform. You can write free-text or multiple-choice questions – the multiple-choice Questions even mark themselves! Let us do some of the tedious admin for you, so you can focus on interventions.

questions bank

With tens of thousands of questions from GCSE teachers across the world to choose from, the Question Bank lets you build an assignment in seconds through GCSEPod. When you pick a playlist of Pods to watch for an assignment, all the questions relevant for those Pods are available to you. Your exam board settings also filter this list, so you won’t get questions on irrelevant content. You’re free to edit the questions as much as you like, or drop them in as-is: whichever is easier for you.


No doubt you’ll already have some great topic resources material you’ve painstakingly created and collected over the years. Extras provides an opportunity to integrate these with GCSEPod (for your students only) meaning everything they will need is in one place. It’s also a great way of extending higher attainers’ knowledge and to encourage them to look beyond what they NEED to know with open end and research tasks. Attach pictures, videos, web links or past papers to a Pod, and your students will have everything you think they’ll need all in the same place.

manage groups

Manage Groups is a tool to help organise your students into classes, form groups, year groups, or any other custom group you can think of – perhaps FSM/EAL groups that you’d like to monitor closely. With MIS integration, we automatically import the three mentioned here, but you’re free to add more. It’s simple to set up intervention groups to track and monitor progress, provide evidence for your self-evaluation form and measure return on your investment in GCSEPod.

usage reporting

Track and monitor engagement with GCSEPod with the simple and easy to use tools we’ve created. These are based largely on feedback from real subscribers about what they need to see. It’s visual and user-friendly, but packed with figures and easily exportable information. You can see usage data on an individual and group level, making it easy to identify students who may need additional intervention. You may even be surprised by just who is using GCSEPod – our schools often comment how pleasing it is to see difficult to engage students benefitting from the opportunity to learn privately, at their own pace and in their own space.


My Playlists gives quick and easy access to any playlists that you or students have created, along with any Boost Playlists produced for them. Just like with iTunes or Spotify, you’re free to combine any Pods on the site to make your playlists, so they can be as targeted or as diverse as you like. We’ve also built functionality for sharing playlists, so your students and staff can share anything they make with each other.


Every Pod on the site has a star icon next to it, which means it will be added to your ‘favourites’ playlist. This is a simple and easy way to make a playlist, because you can build it as you explore content through the site.


All our content is downloadable. Each Pod is about the same size as a song you might get from iTunes, so a modern smart-phone could hold thousands of them at once. My Downloads lets your students watch our Pods any time, any place, with or without internet access. This could be on the bus, the train; wherever and whenever they have time and it suits them to study.

Question Level Analysis

Every assignment you set will generate a Question Level Analysis (QLA) summary. This puts all the information about a completed assignment on a single page for you, helping you analyse progress. You can see at a glance what was set, what marks each pupil got, and what the average mark for each question and student was. All this information is exportable as well, so you can easily incorporate the results into your mark-book.

For more information about any  of our features listed here or find out how GCSEPod could work in your school please contact us on 0191 338 7830 or by filling in our contact form.


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“A real ‘no brainer’ – GCSEPod is a high quality resource for students which can be evidenced to have an impact on both progress and attainment for all ability levels. It represents extremely good value for money.”

Nick Howe, Assistant Head,
North Huddersfield Trust School

“GCSEPod is an extremely high quality, cost effective and user friendly resource that has had clear and measurable impact in our Academy. The support given by the GCSEPod team is fantastic in all areas. Whether on their own device, or in the classroom, the resource is high quality and ever-developing! I would thoroughly recommend it!”

Dominic Howkins, Vice Principal,
Ormiston Sudbury Academy

“Test Valley School initially subscribed to GCSEPod after securing some external funding. However, the impact has been so significant that we have now subscribed in our own right.”

Andrew Page, Deputy Headteacher,
Test Valley School


Don’t just take our word for it. We’re very proud of the recognition we’ve gained over the years, and we’ve picked up many industry awards along the way. We’re constantly striving to get better at what we do so that our award-winning service provides exactly what you need.

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