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    So I want to be a secondary school teacher in either English or History or even at a push Media.
    I'm definitely doing English literature at university but I can't decide what to do with it as a joint honours... English language, History or Media!?!

    Any advice would be nice.
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    Universities are far more likely to offer English and History as a Joint Honours than English and Media (never seen that offered as a course tbh), so your best bet IMO would be to go for English and History.
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    Yeah I would go for English and history over the others. I did a joint and changed one because doing 2 non linking courses was too hard and doing ones that kinda fitted was so much easier!

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    1) English & History are offered far more together as they are far mroe complimentary to each other
    2) Without being derogatory to Media Studies students, English & History are looked upon in a far more favourable light in most cases. There are many exemptions to this rule, but if you love the 3 equally i'd personally focus on the other 2.

    One thing i would say is my tutors strongly advised me against joint honours unless you absolutely can't decide between the 2. Again, it said even though it shows aptitude in 2 subjects, because you pick some modules from one and some from another you don't have the same level of intensity as in a single honours degree.

    Best of luck in whatever you decide
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    (Original post by KeelanDrew)
    So I want to be a secondary school teacher in either English or History or even at a push Media.
    I'm definitely doing English literature at university but I can't decide what to do with it as a joint honours... English language, History or Media!?!

    Any advice would be nice.
    Clearly you should do English (Lit) and History as a joint honor degree. However, you must realise if you go down the PGCE route or any teaching-for-the-first-time-route, your most likely going to have to pick one subject. For instance, PGCE you specialise in one subject so either secondary history or secondary English.

    Although it's not unusual, if you gain experience teaching both subjects during your first year in PGCE (very unlikely unless you got a very high 1st from a serious university). It's also not unusual for teachers to teach their secondary subjects if there's a shorting for staff. For instance, at my school there was an English teacher who just started, but because they needed someone with History he was able to teach KS3, 4 and 5 History (not KS5 English though). So it does depend on the school.

    Make sure your degree is evenly split though. You have to do 120 credits per year. So overall that'd be 360. As long as you do 180 credits in English and 180 credits in History, you'll be fine.

    You can do it with English Language/Linguistics but most schools prefer Literature because it's what's basically taught in all schools. It's not uncommon to pick up a few language and linguistic modules at uni though. You could pick one module each year; 1 in grammar, another in psycholinguistics and another in the history of English Language. So that's another thing to look into.
    You could also pick film modules or media modules in your first year that might help you decide whether to pick more in your further studies.

    But most teachers nowadays don't need Media at uni and can get away with having it as an A-level. But, I don't know how hard they're going to make the new Media and Film Studies' A-levels for next year.

    I say go for a degree title that has English and History because "English" suggests both language and literature modules can be taken. English Literature is just pure English Literature.
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    Thank you all for the advice, really helpful.
 
 
 
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