A Level English Literature
Week 1: Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April
Week 2: Monday 6 - Friday 10 April
Week 3: Monday 13 - Friday 17 April
Length of Course
8 hour seminars
9am to 6pm
The texts offered are selected on the basis of popularity and difficulty from those set by all three examination boards. Text seminars will be one day in length. Such intense immersion over the course of the day encourages full ownership of the texts studied. The morning session will be devoted to developing an understanding of the respective text’s key themes, putting the text in its historical context and providing character studies. The afternoon session will include the careful analysis of exam papers, their formats and their rubric. The seminars will conclude with the planning out of answers to past and future examination questions.
The timetable will be as follows:
|Monday 30 March||The Tempest|
|Tuesday 31 March||The Duchess of Malfi in relation to The Merchant's Tale|
|Wednesday 1 April||The Gothic Genre: Dracula in relation to The Bloody Chamber|
|Thursday 2 April||Hamlet|
|Friday 3 April||Measure for Measure|
|Monday 6 April||Coriolanus|
|Tuesday 7 April||Twelfth Night|
|Wednesday 8 April||Edward II in relation to Paradise Lost books IX and X|
|Thursday 9 April||American Literature: The Great Gatsby in relation to The Grapes of Wrath|
|Friday 10 April||Dystopia: 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale|
|Weeks 1, 2 and 3|
The new A level specifications are no longer text specific across all boards and the options are quite broad. We will therefore be offering bespoke four hour courses during this week for anyone sitting the following options:
OCR F663 · Drama and Poetry pre-1800
As well as the options listed above, we are offering: Volpone, The Rivals; The Rover; The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale and The Songs of Innocence and Experience.
Edexcel (Pearson) · Interpretations of Prose and Poetry
Relationships; Identifying Self; Journeys and War.
AQA · Reading for Meaning
Love Through the Ages
AQA · Texts and Genres
Elements of the Gothic; Elements of the Pastoral.