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    Hi, I'm looking to self-study English Literature for a full A level, and I was wondering what sort of jump in difficulty this would be from iGCSE?

    In terms of my academic ability, I'm top of the year in English, got 100% on both my language and literature coursework, and got A*s in my prelims with no preparation at all. I'd like to know if I could achieve a C in A level at my current standard (assuming I'd read the texts), but of course, I would like to get an A* and so I'd like to know if you think that's possible with two years of self-study.
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    (Original post by SinghChan)
    Hi, I'm looking to self-study English Literature for a full A level, and I was wondering what sort of jump in difficulty this would be from iGCSE?

    In terms of my academic ability, I'm top of the year in English, got 100% on both my language and literature coursework, and got A*s in my prelims with no preparation at all. I'd like to know if I could achieve a C in A level at my current standard (assuming I'd read the texts), but of course, I would like to get an A* and so I'd like to know if you think that's possible with two years of self-study.
    I honestly think it would be almost, if not impossible to get an A* in GCE English Literature without any professional support. English at A-level (after doing both) will heavily depend on your teacher. I knew that my language analysis, sophistication of writing, fluidity in writing, etc etc all grew over the two years with the help of my teachers. With their constant verbal and written feedback and etc. I think without this kind of support it would be very difficult. Our teachers made sure our classes discussed and debated a lot because that's a useful skill you can get within English A-level.

    You could possibly get a C. But you would definitely need at least an A-level tutor, if you can't get an English specialist.
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    I have to agree, I can't see it being possible getting above a B on your own. Even a C would be incredibly lucky. It is a very big jump from GCSE, I wouldn't want to try it! I would invest in getting yourself a tutor.
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    Just to confirm, are you guys it would be difficult to get even a B, despite having self-studied for two years?
    My teachers say they are willing to give me written feedback; would this bump up what you believe I could achieve within two years?
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    Getting feedback from your teachers would definitely be a big help. Any help is good! Unless they are willing to mark a lot of stuff though you would probably be better off getting a tutor so that you can practice more as well as getting verbal feedback and tutoring. Honestly, I can't imagine doing any a-level without attending classes almost every day, it will be an awful lot of work but I guess it depends how dedicated you are. I would ask your teachers for mark schemes etc so you know what you need to be aiming for as well.
 
 
 
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