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    Hi, I'm predicted a grade B in my GCSE's and I was thinking of taking English Literature at A-Level. However, I have heard that it is quite hard and many students tend to get lower than their GCSE grade at A-Level. Is this true?
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    Hello.
    I actually got my AS level results for English Literature and achieved a grade B. It's a fantastic subject and really stretches you in terms of analysis and essay writing skills. It's also a step up from gcse in terms of workload and exam technique.
    Only pick it if you enjoy it, I cannot stress this enough. Many students thought it would be a doss and picked it thinking they could just cram before the exam. It doesn't work that way.
    You seem on track at gcse so go ahead if you like it. But you have to be consistent especially with literature. The poetry is very difficult and takes time to understand. You also read higher level texts that you're expected to read more than once before the exam.
    The exams are difficult because they are closed book; yep thats right, you have to rely on memory a lot.
    Goodluck with your results and I hope you choose wisely. Overall I would recommend it

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    Hey there,

    I got my English lit grade yesterday and I got an A. I would say do it if you enjoy it, and be prepared to put a lot of hard work in. It's easier to do if you like it, that goes without saying. English lit at A-level does tend to be difficult for most people which is why in terms of exams, the grade boundaries are fairly generous most of the time. For AQA this year, my exam only required about 55 (give or take a few) out of 80 to get an A. That doesn't mean you can slack, but I'm just pointing out that Lit is a very demanding subject.

    You need to know the mark schemes very well too. Knowing the books and poems inside out will not help you at all in the exam or in your coursework if you don't know what you're getting marked for. Just make sure you know the mark schemes well, memorise and know exactly what the examiner wants to see, and you should be fine.

    Good luck! I hope you choose to study it, it's very interesting and worthwhile.


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    So my son got a B grade in English language and lit AS level his mark was 153,and in history 157 also a grade B are these miles off an A grade he only did 2 exams in each but he did 3 exams in physics and maths ,confusing?
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    So my son got a B grade in English language and lit AS level his mark was 153,and in history 157 also a grade B are these miles off an A grade he only did 2 exams in each but he did 3 exams in physics and maths ,confusing?

    English is out of 200, with 160 needed for an A, so im guessing History is the same. Physics and Maths are both out of 300, hence the 3 exams.
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    First of all, it doesn't matter that you're on target for a B. People who got B's at GCSE in my class got A's at A level. In fact, I got an A at GCSE but a C at A level. English Literature is hard, I won't deny. For me. But what it generally promotes is in depth, thoughtful and intelligent study. It's a great academic discipline. I would suggest taking it and working really hard for it.
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    Thanks for your help everyone I really appreciate it
 
 
 
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