English Literature

English Literature is an engaging and intellectually stimulating subject at Westminster Tutors, led by our Principal, Virginia Maguire. Students are able to select their preferred texts, allowing them to tailor the course to their personal interests, while the one-to-one or small-group basis of teaching provides for wide-ranging discussion and development of individual views. Our English Literature students not only explore and analyse texts at a challenging level, but also learn to hone their writing skills to produce articulate, well-structured and sophisticated essays. We offer both English Literature A Level and English Literature A Level retake courses, whether you're starting from the begining or improving your results, we can help.


Specification

Although we offer all exam boards as our courses are individually designed, our chosen specification is OCR English Literature (H072 and H472).

Course Outline


AS Level English Literature Course

Component 01 - Shakespeare and poetry pre-1900
  • Shakespeare
  • Poetry pre-1900
Component 02 - Drama and prose post-1900
  • Drama post-1900
  • Prose post-1900

A Level English Literature Course

Component 01 - Drama and poetry pre-1900
  • Shakespeare
  • Drama and poetry pre-1900
Component 02 - Comparative and contextual study
  • Close reading
  • Comparative essay
Component 03 - Literature post-1900
  • Close reading OR re-creative writing with commentary
  • Comparative essay

Assessment


AS Level English Literature

Component 01 - Synoptic assessment
  • 60 marks
  • Closed text
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 50% of total AS level
Component 02 - Synoptic assessment
  • 60 marks
  • Closed text
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper
  • 50% of total AS level

A Level English Literature

Component 01 - Synoptic assessment
  • 60 marks
  • Closed text
  • 2 hours 30 minutes written paper
  • 40% of total A level
Component 02 - Synoptic assessment
  • 60 marks
  • Closed text
  • 2 hours 30 minutes written paper
  • 40% of total A level
Component 03 - Synoptic assessment
  • 40 marks
  • 3000 words
  • Non-examined assessment
  • 20% of total A level

Set Texts


Shakespeare

Learners study one Shakespeare play:

  • Coriolanus
  • Hamlet
  • Measure for Measure
  • Richard III
  • The Tempest
  • Twelfth Night


Drama and poetry pre-1900

Learners study one pre-1900 drama text:

  • Christopher Marlowe: Edward II
  • John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi
  • Oliver Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer
  • Henrik Ibsen: A Doll’s House
  • Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband

Learners study one pre-1900 poetry text:

  • Geoffrey Chaucer: The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale
  • John Milton: Paradise Lost Books 9 & 10
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Selected Poems
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Maud
  • Christina Rossetti: Selected Poems


Drama post-1900

Learners study one post-1900 drama text:

  • Noel Coward: Private Lives
  • Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Harold Pinter: The Homecoming
  • Alan Bennett: The History Boys
  • Polly Stenham: That Face
  • Jez Butterworth: Jerusalem


Comparative and contextual study

Learners choose one topic and study two whole texts, at least one must be from the list below:

  • American Literature 1880-1940
    • F Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
    • John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Gothic
    • Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
    • Bram Stoker: Dracula
  • Dystopia
    • Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale
    • George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Women in Literature
    • Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility
    • Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway
  • The Immigrant Experience
    • Mohsin Hamid: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
    • Henry Roth: Call It Sleep

Tutors

  • Virginia Maguire BA MA MLitt
  • Jess Frith BA MPhil
  • Joe Mattei MA
  • Madeleine Corcoran BA MA