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English Literature A Level at Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School

Course description

At AS level, you will study prose, poetry and drama related to the First World War. These texts include ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks, ‘Regeneration’ by Pat Barker, ‘Journey’s End’ by R.C. Sherriff, ‘Blackadder’ by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, together with a selection of First World War poetry from ‘Scars upon my Heart’ and the ‘Oxford Book of War Poetry. Historical knowledge about the First World War is beneficial but not essential. What is essential, however, is a sensitivity regarding the subject matter and a genuine interest in universal themes such as suffering, futility, pride and camaraderie.

At A2 the focus of the course changes to ‘Love Through the Ages’. Here, typically studied texts include Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and Khaled Hosseini’s ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’. Private reading is essential at A2 and becomes central to success; a genuine love of reading is, therefore, essential.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a B grade is expected to have been achieved in English Literature at GCSE level.


At AS, you will be required to produce two pieces of coursework, one based on ‘Regeneration’ together with a comparative piece on the plays you have studied. There will also be an exam in June. The first section of the paper will be based on a non-fiction text related to the First World War and how this compares to your wider reading. In the second section of the paper, you will be required to answer a question based on the poetry you have studied.

The method of assessment is similar at A2, with a longer, extended piece of coursework comparing three central texts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years