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so i am currently in year 10 and am soon going to be applying to colleges/sixth forms with my A-level options.I will start college in september 2015 so i will be doing the new specification that is supposed to be 'harder'. I want to do medicine at university hopefully and i would like to do biology,chemistry and maths at a-level and then english lit or english lang+lit or economics at As level.But i don't know what to take from the specification for english lit as level , just 2 exams with no coursework is hard enough. could someone who does or has done english A-level please look at the spec and tell me if it is harder. Also are these good combinations of A-levels for medicine ? thank you
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also maybe classical civilization or philosophy
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(Original post by Humzaawan123)
so i am currently in year 10 and am soon going to be applying to colleges/sixth forms with my A-level options.I will start college in september 2015 so i will be doing the new specification that is supposed to be 'harder'. I want to do medicine at university hopefully and i would like to do biology,chemistry and maths at a-level and then english lit or english lang+lit or economics at As level.But i don't know what to take from the specification for english lit as level , just 2 exams with no coursework is hard enough. could someone who does or has done english A-level please look at the spec and tell me if it is harder. Also are these good combinations of A-levels for medicine ? thank you
Which exam board and spec ?
I've just finished A2 English Lit
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Which exam board and spec ?
I've just finished A2 English Lit
Aqa english lit as draft from 2015
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Aqa english lit as draft from 2015
What spec though? English Literature A or B?
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What spec though? English Literature A or B?
I dont know yet but any general views ? From looking at both specs ?
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I dont know yet but any general views ? From looking at both specs ?
They seem much more focused than the present specs (much less text options per paper). That doesn't necessarily mean they are harder though. The specs and papers seem much more fair than the present ones, as there isn't so many texts which means that if two people are sitting the paper, one won't be disadvantaged by having a different text and possibly harder question.
The papers are very very different from the current spec papers that I have sat, but in saying that they seem more accessible. They are more like the current CCEA and Edexcel in the sense that from what I can see there is an unseen element. Also the exams are an hour longer with less marks available which on paper seems beneficial, you would have more time to plan your answers than we would have had.

Over all with it being so different, its hard to tell if it'll be harder than the current spec or not and as for having no coursework, that shouldn't affect how well you do if you work hard for the exams
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They seem much more focused than the present specs (much less text options per paper). That doesn't necessarily mean they are harder though. The specs and papers seem much more fair than the present ones, as there isn't so many texts which means that if two people are sitting the paper, one won't be disadvantaged by having a different text and possibly harder question.
The papers are very very different from the current spec papers that I have sat, but in saying that they seem more accessible. They are more like the current CCEA and Edexcel in the sense that from what I can see there is an unseen element. Also the exams are an hour longer with less marks available which on paper seems beneficial, you would have more time to plan your answers than we would have had.

Over all with it being so different, its hard to tell if it'll be harder than the current spec or not and as for having no coursework, that shouldn't affect how well you do if you work hard for the exams
thanks , also how did you find english lit ?
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thanks , also how did you find english lit ?
I loved it, it was a huge work load and the exams where tough, but I really enjoyed it
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I loved it, it was a huge work load and the exams where tough, but I really enjoyed it
yh i really do enjoy english , ummmm also what is the difference between english lit and english lit and lang combined ?
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yh i really do enjoy english , ummmm also what is the difference between english lit and english lit and lang combined ?
English Literature is purely the in depth study of literature.
Lit and lang is the study of both broadly, you don't go in depth on either and with the lang component it involves a creative writing module etc.
English lit on its own is liked more by university than the combo of lit and lang because it shows the ability to study in depth
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English Literature is purely the in depth study of literature.
Lit and lang is the study of both broadly, you don't go in depth on either and with the lang component it involves a creative writing module etc.
English lit on its own is liked more by university than the combo of lit and lang because it shows the ability to study in depth
Oh ok ,thanks what other a levels did you do ?
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Oh ok ,thanks what other a levels did you do ?
History and Religious Studies
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History and Religious Studies
Ooooh what was your favourite ? And what do you want to do at uni
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Ooooh what was your favourite ? And what do you want to do at uni
Religious Studies is my favourite and the one I do best in .
Hopefully I'll be starting a BEd in Religious Studies with Education and English Literature in September
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Religious Studies is my favourite and the one I do best in .
Hopefully I'll be starting a BEd in Religious Studies with Education and English Literature in September
awesome , also whats the difference between RS and philosophy ?
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I haven't studied Philosophy so I can't say much on it.
As far as I know philosophy is more about asking questions and coming up with theories for why we do things and were things come from etc.
Religious Studies is the study of Religion and religious experiences, It's more a case of what happened as opposed to why it happened. Your are given answers as opposed to developing theories.
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