A level psychology or English Literature? HELP

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Nikkalus
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So, i've just had my sixth form interview, and I was asked what A levels I planned to do. I was going to take Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Eng Lit, as I want to do medicine, but now I'm not too sure whether I still want to Literature.

I have a few questions:

1) Which is better suited for medicine?
2) What is Psychology A level like (workload, revision, topics etc)
3) What is English A level like (same as above)
4) Will doing Psychology give me the same amount of UCAS points as doing Literature?
5) Will Unis be that concerned that I've taken one over the other (i'd like to go to a Russel Group, probably Imperial)

Please reply ASAP!
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As far as I am concerned, universities prefer English Literature, in addition to science subjects(tThis applies to you since you are planning to study medicine).For example, UCL and Imperial love applicants who are offering English Literature, provided you have a strong UCAS application.
I believe that English Literature is quite an easy subject once you realise that you're not being asked questions to simply retell the story, but to be able to analyse the effects and the authors use of language( I'm currently studying AS English Literature).
However, Psychology is a wonderful subject to study if you are interested in specialising later on in Psychiatry, or even Neurology( I'll study A-Level Psychology next year )
It's up to yoy to decide. I recommend you having a quick look over their syllabuses, and decide which one you prefer the most. Otherwise, just study both !
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I do both at A2, they'll both get you exactly the same UCAS points but English would probably be looked upon a bit more favourably by universities. But then psychology will have a more links with biology and medicine.
Personally I find psychology slightly easier to revise, there is a fair amount to learn but it's more factual than English - it's essentially mostly learning theories and studies to support them. English is a matter of knowing the texts well, knowing the features of a good essay, and being able to form your own opinion (which you may prefer).

I couldn't tell you the topics as they will depend on your school's exam boards, so find that out and look over what you'd be doing and it should help you a lot. But if you have any more questions about either of them feel free to ask me
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