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    Hi, I have to choose my A-level subjects this month and I don't know whether to take English Language or Literature. I know literature is more valued by universities but I find language more interesting. I want to study modern languages at university and I think my other A-level options are going to be French, Spanish and History.
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    I actually take both, so I think I can give some insight to the matter. I think you'd have an excellent group of A-Levels whichever one you pick. You are right though, Literature is more respected. Personally, I like Literature better too. If you do like Language though, I don't see any harm in taking it. It really depends on how much work you're able to do (Literature will be more work) and how much you think Literature being more respected is worth. If you want to go to somewhere like Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Warwick etc, then maybe you should pick Literature over it, or even pick both.
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    (Original post by tess_rach)
    Hi, I have to choose my A-level subjects this month and I don't know whether to take English Language or Literature. I know literature is more valued by universities but I find language more interesting. I want to study modern languages at university and I think my other A-level options are going to be French, Spanish and History.
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    I'm applying for English Lit and I think the A level is wonderful (and yes, more respected) however in your case I would probably go for English language. You have 3 really reputable subjects already and language ties in great with the foreign languages (and is really fun and a bit easier, I hear from my friends who take it). Plus, you might find linguistics really suits you (either as a degree or joint honours). However, if you are intending to apply for Oxford or somewhere their modern languages degrees are VERY heavily literature based, so in that case I would advise English Lit.
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    Take the combined A-Level English Lit & Language. That way you get the best of both worlds and English Lit & Language is much more respected than English Language by itself
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    Take the combined A-Level English Lit & Language. That way you get the best of both worlds and English Lit & Language is much more respected than English Language by itself
    My school doesn't actually offer the combined course
 
 
 
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