WJEC VS AQA for A level English literature

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    Hi,

    I'm starting in September at one of two colleges, one offers the AQA spec and the other WJEC for English lit. I did AQA for GCSE and find that their A level course seems more interesting on the surface but I don't know much else about what either will really be like or what the benefits will be for each. If any of you are currently studying with these boards at AS or A level it would be really helpful to get your ideas on this.
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    (Original post by T.Wilson)
    Hi,

    I'm starting in September at one of two colleges, one offers the AQA spec and the other WJEC for English lit. I did AQA for GCSE and find that their A level course seems more interesting on the surface but I don't know much else about what either will really be like or what the benefits will be for each. If any of you are currently studying with these boards at AS or A level it would be really helpful to get your ideas on this.
    Which AQA spec; A or B first of all?
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    (Original post by The Empire Odyssey)
    Which AQA spec; A or B first of all?
    For AQA it's lit B

    For WJEC it's either
    2171/3171/B720QS
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    (Original post by T.Wilson)
    For AQA it's lit B

    For WJEC it's either
    2171/3171/B720QS
    AQA B is typically harder because it focuses more on genre i.e Crime Writing or Aspects of Comedy, etc. which is a pretty tough thing to get to grips with at A-level. But AQA B has always been focused on genre and theory study.

    WJEC looks as if it's more to do with canonical and author content. Which is fairly interesting but, you'd need to know quite a bit about the social and political context of the author's life as well as their texts and its surrounding publication.

    I would probably pick AQA B because there's more skill involved and it's best if you wish to study English at uni. Otherwise go with WJEC if you want to study more about author and content.
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    By 'canonical' you mean of the works of a particular author?
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    And genres is something that does interest me and I like the list of texts a bit more for AQA but if i decide to do it it meas i need a private tutor for that one subject and have to take it externally outside of the school.
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    I took WJEC English literature at Latymer after achieving full marks in AQA English lit at GCSE so I thought I would be fine. So when I went for enfrolment at Laymer, I realised that the list of texts or that exam board were very tedious , I honestly wanted to poke my eyeballs out. I returned back to my school after a week at Latymer (my school is in Highbury) and continued on with AQA english lit which was far more interesting. In terms of challenge I think oth exam boards are difficult- theres no escapig that. But I was far more inclined to study more for the AQA enlgish lit since it was much more interesting than WJEC.
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    (Original post by T.Wilson)
    And genres is something that does interest me and I like the list of texts a bit more for AQA but if i decide to do it it meas i need a private tutor for that one subject and have to take it externally outside of the school.
    And take it from experience, doing an A Level subject outside of school is immensely stressful, especially for an essay based subject. After staying back at school I needed to take a bus to my tutor and study there for 3 hours after school which was so draining. During holidays, I had no free time and only spent my time at my tutor which was SO expensive (bare in mind it is a family friend). On top of that if you go to the school that I went to at enrolment day, you need to pay £50 for tutoring by your own tecaher. If youre rich then I would consider it, if not then just stick with AQA.
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    (Original post by Josh413)
    I took WJEC English literature at Latymer after achieving full marks in AQA English lit at GCSE so I thought I would be fine. So when I went for enfrolment at Laymer, I realised that the list of texts or that exam board were very tedious , I honestly wanted to poke my eyeballs out. I returned back to my school after a week at Latymer (my school is in Highbury) and continued on with AQA english lit which was far more interesting. In terms of challenge I think oth exam boards are difficult- theres no escapig that. But I was far more inclined to study more for the AQA enlgish lit since it was much more interesting than WJEC.
    Edmonton or latymer upper in Hammersmith?
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    It seems I will be doing it at the moment but I'm not that worried, many of the texts do seem interesting to me on both boards so i'm not really inclined to either. I doubt a change of exam board affects one's ability to study the subject that much.
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    (Original post by Josh413)
    And take it from experience, doing an A Level subject outside of school is immensely stressful, especially for an essay based subject. After staying back at school I needed to take a bus to my tutor and study there for 3 hours after school which was so draining. During holidays, I had no free time and only spent my time at my tutor which was SO expensive (bare in mind it is a family friend). On top of that if you go to the school that I went to at enrolment day, you need to pay £50 for tutoring by your own tecaher. If youre rich then I would consider it, if not then just stick with AQA.
    Did you do this for A level? and that really depends on how you arrange things I think.
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    (Original post by Josh413)
    I took WJEC English literature at Latymer after achieving full marks in AQA English lit at GCSE so I thought I would be fine. So when I went for enfrolment at Laymer, I realised that the list of texts or that exam board were very tedious , I honestly wanted to poke my eyeballs out. I returned back to my school after a week at Latymer (my school is in Highbury) and continued on with AQA english lit which was far more interesting. In terms of challenge I think oth exam boards are difficult- theres no escapig that. But I was far more inclined to study more for the AQA enlgish lit since it was much more interesting than WJEC.
    But why were they tedious? and what was the other school?
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    (Original post by T.Wilson)
    It seems I will be doing it at the moment but I'm not that worried, many of the texts do seem interesting to me on both boards so i'm not really inclined to either. I doubt a change of exam board affects one's ability to study the subject that much.
    I took AQA Literature at Highbury Grove school 3 years ago but i did try WJEC exam board in this grammar school in Edmonton (Latymer). I stayed at the school for about a month? Cant remember properly. But I returned back to my school since it contained more exhilarating texts. In Latymer I studied more old, mundane and dull texts. I was so excited to move to Latymer since I could finally have a change from my secondary school.But when i resturned back to my school fro sicth form it was so different - better. Since I was already familrar with the exam board it was slightly more easier and I came out with an A* at lit and im doing it at uni. But at Latymer I REALLY DID STRUGGLE WITH WJEC so I do not recommend that exam board at all, plus there were less exam resuorces online for it but for AQA I had numerous pdf files, youtubers and websites to aid me into success . i remember loads of people leaving laymer for that exact reason. So choose wisely
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    (Original post by Josh413)
    I took WJEC English literature at Latymer after achieving full marks in AQA English lit at GCSE so I thought I would be fine. So when I went for enfrolment at Laymer, I realised that the list of texts or that exam board were very tedious , I honestly wanted to poke my eyeballs out. I returned back to my school after a week at Latymer (my school is in Highbury) and continued on with AQA english lit which was far more interesting. In terms of challenge I think oth exam boards are difficult- theres no escapig that. But I was far more inclined to study more for the AQA enlgish lit since it was much more interesting than WJEC.
    which year did you go to Latymer?
 
 
 
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