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    I'm planning to take biology, chemistry and English lit/ sociology (maybe both?)
    I absolutely adore English lit and I love reading! I'm worried that taking four A-levels will be too stressful..I've also heard that English lit can be time consuming? Sociology seems interesting, but it's also seen as a 'soft' A-level.

    So should I focus on 3 a levels and get an A/A* grade? Or 4?

    **can someone also give me a list of books to read before starting the english literature course?

    Hey! Four a-levels are doable. It depends on you as a person though, if you feel you're committed to the work then go for it! All A-levels are time consuming. I did AS English Literature and it was really fun. You get a lot out of it and it's so satisfying. I loved reading too but English Literature kind of sucks the fun out of it because you're forced to read. Sociology is a lot of fun if you're into learning about how society works. It involves a lot of note-taking and memorising sociologists. My friends who did Biology and Chemistry did struggle because it's quite 'hard' so in terms of that it might be better choosing three. I agree that you'd rather get 3 good a-levels than 4 not so good a-levels. In AS though, you might not get 'good' grades so you have the option to drop one which is a good back up plan? You can then focus on 3 a-levels in your second year.
    In terms of books I'd say research what set texts you might be doing. You don't necessarily have to read classics but if I was you i'd read a variety. I'll give you a few examples. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee etc. You can google it and i'm 80% sure that AQA has a list of books you could read. Wider reading is so good for building your vocabulary and some books often reference to other books so you'd have a greater understanding.
    Good luck! Hope this helped!
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