Journalism or English Degree?Watch
I hope that made some form of sense, and good luck :}
Sorry to bombard you with questions! You just seem very helpful and obviously know your stuff
Cam, Durham and Exeter all asked for A*AA, Sussex asked for AAA. If I hadn't got into Cam I would probably have gone for Exeter in all honesty, but like I've said I made those choices purely because I personally wanted a more modern, diverse tripos - I'd suggest that, with grades like yours, you do what I did and just go through the league tables for English from the top down and see which unis do courses you're really interested in. Warwick also have a great reputation, and UCL - I'm from London so I didn't apply to any round here for fear of having to stay at home xD
In terms of the personal statement, the best advice I got was to make sure EVERY sentence is selling you. I.e. every single sentence should include a reason you'd be great to teach/ you deserve that place/ you love that subject. A mistake I've seen a loooot of people make on their PS was to ramble on at the beginning about how important English is to society/etc - remember the admissions people already KNOW all this, the English professors especially don't need reminding of how important their profession is. So just make sure you make the focus on YOU - as a rough guide I was told to make the first 70% or so about my love for the subject & how my academical achievements (i.e. my A-levels) each will help me to study English - and the last 30% picking out specific extra curricular skills and how each of THOSE will help me be a great English student.
I hope I'm not coming across as someone who thinks they're the dog's *******s when it comes to PS writing - I'm just regurgitating the information I was given and seeing as my UMS average was way below the 95% of most Cambridge interviewees I have been told that the fact I was invited means it was my personal statement that made me stand out :3 PM me if you want me to send it to you.
Ahhhh that was an essay and a half but I hope it helped
You have to look at the job market. This time last year I was exactly like you. But by doing a vocational course like Journalism with opportunities for work experience etc, you're more likely to have a job at the end of it because of the contacts you build, than with an english degree.
I mean if you're going to do English then you may want to consider about what career you want after it-that is after all why we pay so much to go to Uni. I would suggest York (AAA) or any other.
At Salford you can do a combined in English and Journalism, but you still need good UCAS points to get in.
I say think about the current job climate and think about the career you want to do. If you do chose english with the intention of doing a post grad in journalism, remember that they'll be others with 3+ years experience than you with a journalism degree. So gain work experience. If its teaching-volunteer in a Guiding group etc.
Just be weary that you may be good at a subject, but realistically will it lead to a job? (A careers advisor once told me that if you do history at Uni, you become a careers advisor!) Chose wisely