Is English Lit a very important gcse to do?

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English is the most important subject. Good English is required in every single subject you do. Most jobs you get later in life require good English, it is key to everything. English whether it be written or verbal is the main ingredient of any valuable employee, so get it right.
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Not as important as Language at GCSE, but at A level, Literature becomes the more respectable choice
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Not as important as Language at GCSE, but at A level, Literature becomes the more respectable choice
But achieving a higher grade in Literature is better than in Language


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What does 'important' mean?

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But achieving a higher grade in Literature is better than in Language
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Better in what sense?
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Yes. English literature is good for developing analytical techniques which can be applied to pretty much every other subject. Being able to take apart a text and look at it critically is a very important skill to have.
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But achieving a higher grade in Literature is better than in Language


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yeh but some people do not do english lit they just do english language co thats what units ask for not lit
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What does 'important' mean?



Better in what sense?
English literature is considering a harder subject compared to language, therefore more respected.

Hence, if you got a C in Language but an A* in Literature, the literature grade is thought to be a better reflection of you.
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But achieving a higher grade in Literature is better than in Language


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Universities don't specify a grade in English lit GCSE usually, just language, so better is a speculative term
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Language is the baseline for most uni offers. Eg) they might say a B in lang is essential for a particular course but not mention literature.
A Level literature however is more respected than language


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(Original post by Olympiad)
English literature is considering a harder subject compared to language, therefore more respected.

Hence, if you got a C in Language but an A* in Literature, the literature grade is thought to be a better reflection of you.
Thought by whom? Whilst it may well be that English Literature is more difficult than Language (which I would agree with), the fact of the matter is that as far as Universities are concerned, it is your grades that matter, not the subject. Universities aren't going to care whether your A* is in Literature or Language.

Additionally, no University will set a requirement on English Literature. Getting a C in Language and an A* in Literature may be more impressive than an A* in Language and a C in Literature, but you still won't get into courses requiring a B in Language (i.e. lots).
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Thought by whom? Whilst it may well be that English Literature is more difficult than Language (which I would agree with), the fact of the matter is that as far as Universities are concerned, it is your grades that matter, not the subject. Universities aren't going to care whether your A* is in Literature or Language.

Additionally, no University will set a requirement on English Literature. Getting a C in Language and an A* in Literature may be more impressive than an A* in Language and a C in Literature, but you still won't get into courses requiring a B in Language (i.e. lots).
My friend got into Oxford to study Philosophy I think it was. She didn't meet their Language requirements (got a C) but her Literature grade (A) allowed her to get in.


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(Original post by Olympiad)
English literature is considering a harder subject compared to language, therefore more respected.

Hence, if you got a C in Language but an A* in Literature, the literature grade is thought to be a better reflection of you.
Unless a uni course specifies that you need a B in GCSE English language? An A* in lit might not make up for a poor language grade.
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(Original post by Calllu-m)
Unless a uni course specifies that you need a B in GCSE English language? An A* in lit might not make up for a poor language grade.
It did in the above example.


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As others have said, Language is more important!

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My friend got into Oxford to study Philosophy I think it was. She didn't meet their Language requirements (got a C) but her Literature grade (A) allowed her to get in.
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That is a very specific case, and it is probably the exception rather than the rule. I have to say though, I struggle to understand how anyone can do brilliantly in literature whilst doing terribly in language, since the latter is more or less a pre-requisite to the former.
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It did in the above example.


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I know someone who applied for History at Edinburgh and didn't get in because he had a C in Language, despite an A* in Literature. So it's not always concrete, and it's always safer to assume you need a better grade in language than you did in literature.
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That is a very specific case, and it is probably the exception rather than the rule. I have to say though, I struggle to understand how anyone can do brilliantly in literature whilst doing terribly in language, since the latter is more or less a pre-requisite to the former.
I know loads of people who did far better in lit than in lang, I find it really weird!
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I guess it is but I think it's more important at A level whereas Language is important at GCSE because some courses at uni might require a B in english language
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