I'm thinking of doing chemistry, biology and English lit at a level next year. What would the workload be like if I took just the three? Would I have much free time left over? Also I need ABB in these a levels if that helps
With only 3 you'd have loads of time left over anyway. Looks like you've got a good balance too, English will likely have a lot of essays so quite a high workload however sciences usually have a smaller workload because usually the only extra work you can be given is questions/sheets/exams and sometimes research. The main time consumer in sciences like chemistry and biology is revision if you don't understand something.
Okay, yeah also English lit will require a lot of reading. Although I have heard that quite a lot of revision is necessary as chemistry and biology contain a lot of content although I'm unsure whether this is the case or not.
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English Lit depends on the exam board. For example WJEC exam board, you study 5 set texts. For AQA A, you have 2-4 set sets. But for the exam, you have to do something called Wider Reading which is reading dramas, poems and novels in your own time on a set thematic link - either; Victorian, WW1 or The Struggle for Modern Identity. It really depends. If I didn't apply for English at uni, I would tell you to take another subject - hate AQA A - SO MUCH READING! I haven't picked up one single book for pleasure in the past 2 years because of it
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AQA in terms of marks are really hard. You have to WORK for them. WJEC, it doesn't seem there's a huge difference. And the AS units compared to the A2 units in WJEC are quite spread out. A2 sounds so much harder and looks harder (I've seen examplar coursework and exam work from both years).
So if your teachers don't prepare you for the gap, you're going to find it very challenging. WJEC depends on the author your school depends to pick for coursework.
I would prefer to study WJEC because it's easier in terms on reading only set texts. For AQA A though, it feels more literature as you HAVE to study and read loads of texts outside school for the Wider Reading of the exam.
WJEC for exam and coursework seem to ask students to write only about certain AOs, which is bad, cause then your answers are way too structured and repetitive when it comes to practising. Whereas AQA A tests you on all AOs, so it's very formal and allows you to demonstrate knowledge from all the AOs.
If I were a student, I would prefer to study from AQA. If I were a teacher however, I would prefer to teach WJEC.