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I've done my first week of sixth form and I have chosen English lit, biology, psychology and geography but I'm not sure about my first option. I have learned that English lit includes a lot of essays and work which would add to what I could get for psychology as that is an essay based course too (as I've heard). I have doubt's about doing English and have considered business studies instead. However, I got an A for English lit at GCSE and I didn't take business studies. My overall grades were pretty good but I don't know if I will cope with all of the essays and workload. I quite enjoy English too but I heard its hard work. What do you suggest and what subjects have you taken for A level?
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Look at this thread, where I've sort of explained to others the perks and dips of doing English Lit! I'd highly recommend either way :yep:
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Look at this thread, where I've sort of explained to others the perks and dips of doing English Lit! I'd highly recommend either way :yep:
Well we're studying tragedy ATM. Othello with one teacher and Death of a Salesman with another. We will later move onto the Great Gatsby and poems by someone called Keets or something (idk how to spell it)
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I took Business Studies and I didn't take Eng Lit. Business is really really easy and I also found the content really enjoyable. From what I've heard, Eng Lit is quite difficult, but it is more respect than Business, so most universities will prefer you to have taken Eng Lit than Business.
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Well we're studying tragedy ATM. Othello with one teacher and Death of a Salesman with another. We will later move onto the Great Gatsby and poems by someone called Keets or something (idk how to spell it)
I'm currently studying The Great Gatsby for A2, and it really is a great read! Shakespeare shouldn't be too hard either, the Sparknotes version of the story will be very helpful if you don't understand everything straight away, but you'll have to quote exactly what was in the original text for your essays, exam and so forth.

Keets..? Hm...are you on about W.B. Yeats?
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I took Business Studies and I didn't take Eng Lit. Business is really really easy and I also found the content really enjoyable. From what I've heard, Eng Lit is quite difficult, but it is more respect than Business, so most universities will prefer you to have taken Eng Lit than Business.
Can you tell me something more about Business Studies? ( I'm going to start next week and I don't know what to expect at all)
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I see. What did you get for GCSE and what else have you taken for A level?

And Yeats, Keets I have no idea :awesome: some poet
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My English teacher also said an A* at GCSE is the equivalent of a D at A level. Is this just for English or for most subjects?
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I'm currently studying The Great Gatsby for A2, and it really is a great read! Shakespeare shouldn't be too hard either, the Sparknotes version of the story will be very helpful if you don't understand everything straight away, but you'll have to quote exactly what was in the original text for your essays, exam and so forth.

Keets..? Hm...are you on about W.B. Yeats?
I'm new to this website so you'll have to bear with me :ahee::ahee:

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I'm new to this website so you'll have to bear with me :ahee::ahee:

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Not a problem!

Sorry I didn't see your earlier posts, you didn't quote me in them :lol:

I got 3A*, 5As, 2Bs

My other subjects in A level are Sociology and ICT. I've heard that English fits in really well with History, Gov & Pol, basically all essay-writing subjects :yep:

If you work at the same level you did to get an A* at GCSE, you won't get a very high grade. The complexity of subjects is greater in A level than it was in GCSE. Hence why teachers say it's quite a "big jump". A levels require a lot more effort and independent study, and you won't be able to get away with revising one or two days before like you were able to during your GCSEs.
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Not a problem!

Sorry I didn't see your earlier posts, you didn't quote me in them :lol:

I got 3A*, 5As, 2Bs

My other subjects in A level are Sociology and ICT. I've heard that English fits in really well with History, Gov & Pol, basically all essay-writing subjects :yep:

If you work at the same level you did to get an A* at GCSE, you won't get a very high grade. The complexity of subjects is greater in A level than it was in GCSE. Hence why teachers say it's quite a "big jump". A levels require a lot more effort and independent study, and you won't be able to get away with revising one or two days before like you were able to during your GCSEs.
Okay, well I got 2 A*s, 6 A's and 2 B's (waiting for my sociology to be remarked as I was 2 marks off an A). English was one of my favourite subjects at GCSE and I managed to get my head round it well. However, it's the pressure from other subjects that is making me doubt English lit, especially psychology. I aspire to do some sort of social work in the future. Maybe a secondary school teacher or a counsellor. I've considered entering the world of law too but law isn't an option in my sixth form. I feel English would be most suitable but I'm worried that I'll fail it due to stress and waste an A level

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Okay, well I got 2 A*s, 6 A's and 2 B's (waiting for my sociology to be remarked as I was 2 marks off an A). English was one of my favourite subjects at GCSE and I managed to get my head round it well. However, it's the pressure from other subjects that is making me doubt English lit, especially psychology. I aspire to do some sort of social work in the future. Maybe a secondary school teacher or a counsellor. I've considered entering the world of law too but law isn't an option in my sixth form. I feel English would be most suitable but I'm worried that I'll fail it due to stress and waste an A level

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I'm not going to lie to you, the amount of work I have to do for Lit is immense! That alongside my lengthy ICT coursework is a killer :lol:

But it really is worth it, plus you won't be the only one doing it so you can ask your peers for support. Once you've read the books and annotated it thoroughly once over, it'll get a heck of a lot easier.

Honestly, an A level in Law won't guarantee you a place in Law, nor will it make you a more preferable candidate than another. I, as do many others, believe that English Lit is a much more versatile and useful subject which can be used for more things than a Law A level.

English Literature would provide you with the analytical and critical skills which would be great for if you wanted to be a secondary school teacher, social worker or even a counselor.
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Can you tell me something more about Business Studies? ( I'm going to start next week and I don't know what to expect at all)
What would you like to know?
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I'm not going to lie to you, the amount of work I have to do for Lit is immense! That alongside my lengthy ICT coursework is a killer :lol:

But it really is worth it, plus you won't be the only one doing it so you can ask your peers for support. Once you've read the books and annotated it thoroughly once over, it'll get a heck of a lot easier.

Honestly, an A level in Law won't guarantee you a place in Law, nor will it make you a more preferable candidate than another. I, as do many others, believe that English Lit is a much more versatile and useful subject which can be used for more things than a Law A level.

English Literature would provide you with the analytical and critical skills which would be great for if you wanted to be a secondary school teacher, social worker or even a counselor.
Okay I'll have a think and come back if I need anymore help or have anymore questions. I'm going to speak to one of my english teachers tomorrow about it and my tutor is the business studies teacher so I'll talk to him. But thank you anyway :yy:

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What would you like to know?
I am also keen to know a bit about the course. Could you just give a summary of the course and tell me what the workload and exams are like?

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I am also keen to know a bit about the course. Could you just give a summary of the course and tell me what the workload and exams are like?

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I wouldn't really know where to start with a summary of the course.

There is honestly a very small workload, however I did have an advantage as I had an A* in Business Studies GCSE and a lot of the AS material was very similar to the GCSE. There are some equations you will need to know for the exams but it is mainly written questions with very little maths.
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