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A Level English Literature

A Level English Literature

Dates Available

  • Week 1: 27 March – 31 March
  • Week 2: 3 April – 7 April
  • Week 3: 10 April – 14 April


All boards

Length of Course

8 hour seminars or 4 hour seminars (where advertised)


9am to 6pm daily

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. Attention will be paid to the context options, where appropriate, and 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 27 March: The Tempest
  • Tuesday 28 March: The Duchess of Malfi in relation to The Merchant’s Tale
  • Wednesday 29 March: The Gothic Genre: Dracula in relation to The Bloody Chamber
  • Thursday 30 April: Hamlet
  • Friday 31 March: Measure for Measure

Week Two

  • Monday 3 April: Coriolanus
  • Tuesday 4 April: Twelfth Night
  • Wednesday 5 April: Edward II in relation to Paradise Lost books IX and X
  • Thursday 6 April: American Literature: The Great Gatsby in relation to The Grapes of Wrath
  • Friday 7 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 period for anyone sitting the following options:

OCR: 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
  • 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

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