Exam Board – AQA

Qualification – A Level

Entry requirements – 5 x GCSEs at grades 9-4, including a grade 5 in English

Course specification

This course is holistic and has a historicist approach. No texts are studied in isolation and there are shared contexts across the eight texts that you will study. This means that you will be submerged into love and war, learning to understand the texts, their themes and how they have been perceived over time.

Can you draw out patterns of similarity and difference using different reading strategies, engaging with a variety of perspectives? Can you debate and challenge different interpretations of other readers, whilst forming your own?

Syllabus content:

  • Love through the ages
  • World War One and its aftermath
  • Shakespeare
  • modern drama
  • texts from the 19th century
  • poetry
  • heritage and contemporary novels

Students are examined by:

  • two written examinations
  • one independent study piece