I have a place at Brighton to do adult nursing, which I really want to do. However, my mind is now wondering over to English Literature. English was always my best subject but after getting 2 A*'s in GCSE English and getting a C in AS English Literature, I became very disheartened with the subject. In A2 after the first term I really started to enjoy English again. I hated the coursework in the first term and came out with a B in it. I redid the AS exam and got 100%, and I got 99% in the A2 exam, giving me an A grade overall. If I'd had worked a bit harder in the A2 coursework and got 3 more UMS I'd have got an A* overall.
Brighton still have clearing spaces for English Literature and I'm starting to think I won't be very good at a nursing degree, even though I got 5 offers and the universities think I'm capable. I'm having doubts because I got a D in AS Biology last year, and this year I got an E overall despite working as hard as I possibly could and doing every past paper and revising every night. I got a B in A2 Geography which on the advice of my teacher I am getting remarked, because I'm only 2 raw marks away from getting an A overall. I also have a B in A2 Critical Thinking.
So with results of ABE and a B in CT, I'm thinking an English degree might be better for me, but am I being stupid potentially throwing away good job prospects in nursing? Brighton have still accepted me even though I got an E in Biology, but my confidence has been severely knocked and I'm not sure what to do.
Any advice would be really appreciated.
This a personal decision, and only you can make it. However, I can throw out a couple of things for you to think about:
- English and nursing are very different. Why did you apply for nursing? Did you think about applying for English at the time?
- Nursing is more vocational, and obviously has a much clearer career path. What do you think you'd like to do with an English degree?
- You seem quite set on Brighton, since you're looking there for English clearing places. What's the course like at Brighton compared to other unis, and how well is it regarded? Maybe you should also investigate clearing spaces at other [nearby] unis and see what their courses are like?
- What is it that you like about nursing, and about English, and which of these is easier to pursue outside of a degree/career? For example, if you want to help people, that's something you can do through volunteering. If you like to read, then that's something you can pursue as a hobby. However, if you have an academic interest in either subject, that's something that's much better served by university.
- I'm sure you are capable of doing the nursing degree - as you said, you got 5 offers. However, if you feel more confident about English, that's worth taking into consideration.
Your enthusiasm for nursing and reasons for going into seem about spot on! Similarly, if Universities not only offered you places initially but then stuck with you despite you not hitting the requirements, then they clearly saw something they liked and think you'd suit them.
What exactly do you think it was that dragged you down in biology? Was is the exams themselves that you had trouble with or was it issues with the content?
Going by what you've said, I think you'd regret not doing the Nursing.
Universities tend to be better at recognising the difference between content and exam technique, and considering your enthusiasm for the subject and the fact that the University still wants you, I would say go for it (although obviously it's just me)
It does sound a little like you may regret not taking up this nursing place - and remember that Universities do give you support and options if you do find yourself struggling with the course later on!