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.
Sorry for sounding ignorant, I don't know a lot about a-levels.
But...it really is up to you.
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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!