A Level English Literature

Dates Available
Week 1: Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April
Week 2: Monday 6 - Friday 10 April 
Week 3: Monday 13 - Friday 17 April

All Boards

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:

Week One  
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
Week Two  
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.