I'm starting sixth form in September and am currently signed up for Psychology, English Language, Business and Media Studies but I have the chance to change them when I go to enrollment on GCSE results day.
What are people's thoughts on taking English Language & Literature combined instead of just language? I'm unsure on which to take because I enjoy reading more than writing but the books studied in just literature really don't interest me however the ones in combined english do...
I have no idea what job I want to do but a possibility is being a journalist or working for a magazine. Would combined be okay if I do decide to go for journalism?
I'm also considering Law instead of Media or Psychology... could anyone tell me what it's like?
Btw all subjects are studied on the AQA exam board.
Thanks in advance!
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- Thread Starter
- 28-07-2014 15:55
- 28-07-2014 16:49
Journalism is fine, but you can easily get into the field without having to the degree. You see quite a lot of people doing courses like English, economics, politics, philosophy etc and still getting without many problems. So it may be worthy pursuing other courses for which opens more doors incase you dont quite get a job in journalism
(W/ journalism its probably more better to produce portfolio like articles while at Uni)
I only did psychology from your list (One of the most popular taken A levels i believe). Its quite memory intensive, in that you will spend quite a bit of time reading and/or writing essays, so you can regurgitate them. However, the exams are relatively straight forward as you wont really get any questions like in maths or sciences in that can really throw you off balance / make you think really hard. Basically if you put in the time, you will get a good grade.
- 28-07-2014 16:50
To do Journalism you need English Lang/Lit and some social science subjects like Sociology, Politics, Economics, or something like History, Law or Psychology that shows you can absorb facts/opinions and write coherently. Don't bother with 'Media' - its a very lightweight subject and isn't taken seriously by employers or Universities (some won't actually count it as a subject).
There is no need to study a 'Journalism' degree at Uni - most of them are a total waste of time. The best journos in the UK didn't do one. They did degrees in Eng Lit, Politics, History etc and whilst at Uni wrote like crazy for student mags/newspapers, and then did a postgrad NCTJ accredited course (MA or PGDip) or a trainee scheme at the BBC etc. Lots of useful advice at http://www.nctj.com/want-to-be-a-journalist/careers. A 'normal subject degree' also avoids spending £60k on a course that you then cant use for anything else - ie. if you go off this career mid-course or can't get a job at the end of it, what do you do with BA Journalism then?
- 28-07-2014 22:28
From what I've heard:
-LangLit is the study of how Language is used within Literature, it's NOT a half-and-half mix of Language and Literature. (at least, that's what it's like on the exam board my college uses).
-LangLit is really easy and quite fun. (at least, that's what I've heard from everyone in my college who does it)
-Language has loads of stuff to remember, whilst the other English subjects rely more upon essay-writing skills and imagination.