A2 Level English Literature (legacy)

Dates Available

Week 1: Monday 3 - Friday 7 April
Week 2: Monday 10 - Friday 14 April
Week 3: Monday 17 - Friday 21 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.

Week One  
Monday 3 April The Tempest
Tuesday 4 April King Lear
Wednesday 5 April  The White Devil in relation to Paradise Lost Book IX
Thursday 6 April Antony and Cleopatra or A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Friday 7 April  Tis Pity She’s a Whore in relation to selected poems of Andrew Marvell

Week Two and Week Three

10 - 14 April
17 - 21 April

The new A2 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 6ETO3 · Unit 3 · Interpretations of Prose and Poetry
Relationships; Identifying Self; Journeys and War.
AQA LITA3 · Reading for Meaning
Love Through the Ages
AQA LITB3 · Texts and Genres
Elements of the Gothic; Elements of the Pastoral.

We may not be able to accomodate all options so they will be finalised according to demand.

AS (legacy) English Literature texts may be available on request.