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Hello TSR users.
I'm trying to decide what A-levels I should do next year. I've decided I'm going to do 2 facilitating subjects along with two subjects I'm personally interested. So these two facilitating subjects are either History AND Geography or History AND English Lang or English Lang/Lit.
The problem I'm facing is, I want to do the more rigorous A-level of either English Lang.
So I'm wondering what A-level would be more rigorous? English lit or English lit/Lang combined? I've been told English language by it self is quite useless and uni's don't really see it in a good light. Thanks in advance.
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I'd say English lit. would be more 'rigorous' than lang/lit. - more respected, too.
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I thought English lit/lang would be more rigorous as it's two subjects combined in one? And wouldn't it be more respected if it's two subjects combined?
Sorry for sounding ignorant, I don't know a lot about a-levels.
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English Lang on its own is not "blacklisted" by any university that I know of. English Lit is definitely more "respected", though. I'm not sure what combined Lang/Lit is like, but in my experience Lang is basically Linguistics and based on what I've heard from others, Lit consists of a lot of poetry (and books, obviously).
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Quite frankly, it depends what part of English you enjoy the most. I know from my friends that English Literature is mostly analyzing classical literature and poems, for example Wuthering Heights. I chose English Language and Literature and I find it a little more "modern". I don't know what exam board you'd be on, or if more than one offer the course, but I'm studying In Cold Blood and The True History of the Kelly Gang - true crime novels, which I personally find more interesting. We study poems, too, but we also look into non-fiction texts such as newspaper articles and there's a lot more terms in Lang/Lit due to the linguistic side to it. I feel as if Lang/Lit offers more for the creative side of English too; I know that I have a bigger word count than the Lit students. (Always a bonus if you want to unleash the author side of you! xD)

But...it really is up to you.
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Literature is difficult. I actually find it much harder than History. Geography and History are both good subjects and well-respected, so taking Lit/Lang shouldn't do much damage unless you intend to study English at university.
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Don't even let universities affect your decision. I understand that my nearest university accepts English Lit/Lang if you want to study any English course. I haven't looked at any others, but if that one does, I'm sure a few more will.
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Well I do both English A-levels because I am a true English student. English Lit, is more well respected and classed as a traditional subject compared to Lang or Lang/Lit. Studying one English A-level gives you more depth in the subject, but studying the combined course gives you more breadth between the two.

English Lit is waaaay more vigorous than Lang. But it really depends on your preference. I never did either Lang or Lit at GCSE. I just did the single award. But, I prefer Lit of Lang, even though I go a better mark at AS. Lit is harder because of the style and structure of exam essays. Lang is more of a formulaic way of writing for the exams.

However, because my A-level Lit didn't have any set texts other than The Oxford Book of War Poetry, it's hard write your essay on two unseen extracts and your wider reading because you have to remember a lot based on your own reading and not just 1-3 of the same stuff for different novels.

I would say, go with what you prefer studying at GCSE.

Language isn't Linguistics as such - there's Linguistic elements but it's Language - the study of the English Language not what makes up a language (Which is what Linguistics is).

Lit - is just reading, reading, and more reading! You are forever reading and ripping novels, plays and poetry apart until even the best student gets sick of it. You don't READ Lit at A-level, you STUDY literature at A-level. There's a HUGE difference!
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