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1000 words for AS level seems a bit low to me. Maybe at GCSE level it is suitable but AS - surely it should be higher? About three or four lines consists of 100 words. You can only have 10x of this. It just doesn't seem adequate enough.

I've found it incredibly difficult cutting down my CW. I know if someone goes over the word count by quite a bit they're probably waffling but surely when it comes to English Lit, particularly at A-Level analysing to a great detail should be reasonable.
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Okay maybe three lines was an exaggeration, about 5 - 6 lines consists of 100 words. Still, I stand by my point.
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what exam board are you talking about?
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I remember for part of my PE coursework I had to write a study on Basketball in America in under 1000 words. This had to comprise of the history, current professional leagues, the college and youth systems, international basketball and other stuff like demographics of the country.
It was basically impossible to write all of that in 1000 words.
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I agree, my A2 coursework for History is double that word count - 2000 words - but in it I have to assess the significance of 8 German leaders across one hundred years as well as leaving room for an introduction and conclusion - that leaves 200 words per person. Writing about how important Hitler was in what amounts to about two short paragraphs was especially challenging!
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(Original post by tgwktm)
what exam board are you talking about?
AQA. It's probably more or less similar across the boards however.
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mine was on AQA and our word limit was 2000 words but that included 2 pieces we had to write. I felt the amount was good for me however, if i was allowed an extra 500 words there would have been so much more i could have added
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Word counts aren't just put in place just for the sake of it; it's so that people don't go overboard and write 10 pages and also they're to challenge people to keep to them, too.

They wouldn't put a word count of 1000 in a coursework essay if they knew it was impossible for people to write an essay of that length that's really good. Also, it's only on one text and you're supposed to be concise - ish!

I did AS lit last year and I found it hard to keep within in and I did go a little over it but it doesn't really matter too much!



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Hi A2 student here!

The point of AS is be as concise as possible which is why the word count is as low as it is, I know it seems really annoying but it also gears you up to doing nothing but answering the question at hand. It's like when people start A levels they just want to tell the examiner EVERYTHING they know but that's not what they want, so the word count forces you to focus on it.
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