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    I'm taking a gap year 2013-14 (I have finished Year 13) so I will be applying for 2014 entry this autumn, and I am hoping to study English either singly or with History. It seems that relatively few Russell Group unis do this course, and I was wondering whether anyone who studies it or who has applied for it could give me some idea of what the course and the application process are like.

    Bit of extra background: I didn't apply for 2013 entry, and my A-level grades were A*A*AAa, with A*s in English and History and full UMS in History A2. I intended to apply for History in Year 12 but I scraped an A at AS on a remark, and I have really enjoyed English at A2, so have decided that I'd like to continue studying that. My History result this year was better than I expected, although I worked for it as I felt I had a point to prove, so now I feel it would be a waste to drop it, but I'm not sure what to expect. Why do so few unis offer it?
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    Bristol Uni are likely to be running a new 'Liberal Arts' degree from 2014 - combines units across Arts subjects plus a Year Abroad. Its a 4 year course leading to an undergraduate MA. This would allow you to do units from a very wide range of subjects and pursue whatever individual subjects that you get interested in - and at a RG Uni.

    Email the Arts Faculty ([email protected]) for more info.
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    (Original post by SixteenHundred)
    I'm taking a gap year 2013-14 (I have finished Year 13) so I will be applying for 2014 entry this autumn, and I am hoping to study English either singly or with History. It seems that relatively few Russell Group unis do this course, and I was wondering whether anyone who studies it or who has applied for it could give me some idea of what the course and the application process are like.

    Bit of extra background: I didn't apply for 2013 entry, and my A-level grades were A*A*AAa, with A*s in English and History and full UMS in History A2. I intended to apply for History in Year 12 but I scraped an A at AS on a remark, and I have really enjoyed English at A2, so have decided that I'd like to continue studying that. My History result this year was better than I expected, although I worked for it as I felt I had a point to prove, so now I feel it would be a waste to drop it, but I'm not sure what to expect. Why do so few unis offer it?
    from what i can see many top unis offer it, a quick search has found Oxbridge, Durham, Manchester, Exeter, Birmingham and Sheffield all offer it with Leeds offering Classical Literature and History and I haven't even looked up them all! Remember some universities (including my own, UEA) label it 'Literature and History' rather than English Literature and History or English and History.

    As far as the course goes that will vary by university as each have their own specialisms and interests and the application process is the same as for any other degree.
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    (Original post by SixteenHundred)
    I'm taking a gap year 2013-14 (I have finished Year 13) so I will be applying for 2014 entry this autumn, and I am hoping to study English either singly or with History. It seems that relatively few Russell Group unis do this course, and I was wondering whether anyone who studies it or who has applied for it could give me some idea of what the course and the application process are like.

    Bit of extra background: I didn't apply for 2013 entry, and my A-level grades were A*A*AAa, with A*s in English and History and full UMS in History A2. I intended to apply for History in Year 12 but I scraped an A at AS on a remark, and I have really enjoyed English at A2, so have decided that I'd like to continue studying that. My History result this year was better than I expected, although I worked for it as I felt I had a point to prove, so now I feel it would be a waste to drop it, but I'm not sure what to expect. Why do so few unis offer it?
    Durham, York, Exeter offer the combined honours degree - that's just a few that spring to mind, and I would think that, given your results, Durham would be a good uni to choose.

    In terms of applying, I would either apply to just english or eng/history choices, as it will be really hard to tailor your PS to both, and I'd aim for a roughly 50/50 split for joint honours in your PS
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    You could also look at something like 'American Studies' - this would give you study of that country's history and literature etc possibly with a Year Abroad. Worth a look.
 
 
 
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