Is it true you can't do English + Eng Lit at the same time?

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jokingrowling
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I am an international private candidate hoping to do English, Eng Lit, RS and Gov & Politics for A-Levels.

There aren't a lot of exam board choices in the country I'm in, and the exam centre I plan on joining only does Edexcel. That's fine with me though, since Edexcel carries all the subjects I want to do anyway.

However, I was just speaking with an adviser from my exam centre, and she told me I couldn't do English and Eng Lit at the same time. "If you are using us, and therefore Edexcel you can't do both English and Eng Lit - it's one or the other." were her exact words.

Is this true? I know of tons of people who were able to do English + Eng Lit for their A-Levels. Since she worded it this way, I was wondering if this was unique to Edexcel, aka I would need the two subjects to be from different exam boards if I wished to do both subjects. If so, I might need to switch exam centres, possibly to one in another country, which would be a total pain in the ass!

Anyone know of anything? Thanks!
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Not necessarily, my school offers 'English Language and Literature', while also offering just lit. it depends on the institution.


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You're describing a single a-level that combines language and literature, and this is often offered. However I believe it is standard practice not to allow students to take two separate a-levels in subjects that have a huge amount of crossover like this. OP would be well advised to consider one A level in English and then another in a different subject and I imagine that's what the adviser they saw was trying to suggest, though perhaps not very clearly!


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Thanks. Anyone out there got into a good uni doing these two subjects at the same time during A-Level?
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One of my friends did Lang & Lit combined which was worth two A Levels. This was a few years ago though, they've probably changed the rules since then.
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One of my friends did Lang & Lit combined which was worth two A Levels. This was a few years ago though, they've probably changed the rules since then.
Unless you can produce a link to an exam board offering this supposed "worth 2 a-levels" course I am afraid I am left only able to politely suggest your friend must be mistaken. You can do a single a-level in lang and lit combined, and this will almost certainly be what your friend did.


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Hmm well I take it back, there seem to be some dodgy "double award" a-levels in health and social care and business etc but I can't find so far find any evidence of one in English. Either way I stand by my advice that it is likely to put you at a disadvantage in university applications even if it was allowed


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