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    I'm new here, not sure if this is the correct sub-forum to post this on..

    a few questions:

    1) I get my GCSE results in just over 2 weeks, I think i've done reasonably well but i'm not sure about English, it's the only one I can't predict what I got, English is one of my favorite subjects, I think i'm pretty good at it as well, I want at least an A and a B (in language and literature, would rather get the A/A* in literature) but I really want two A/A*'s in them, for anyone that got an A* in either what sort of thing did you have to do in the exam? I'm not sure if what i've written is enough to get that grade, or do they go on quality of written communication?

    2) I don't know whether to take 3 or 4 subjects at AS level, I've chosen to do 4, Business, Literature, History and R.E, however I'm now having doubts about business as it's meant to be really boring and a lot of work? however i'm scared Literature might be too hard and if i do 3 and fail that one then I'll have to repeat the year and that would be awful, can anyone tell me what Literature is like at AS level and also would I be better sticking with the business and doing 4 or just focusing on 3?

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    Anyone got an answer to these? would be much appreciated
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    hi

    I got an A* in lang and an A in lit for GCSE but i haven't got a clue how. English is always one of those subjects that you can never tell how you've done. I just remember writing loads and loads of what i thought was waffle at the time. I did better than I expected and so did most people i know so i'm sure you don't need to worry.

    With regard to your second question I think that you should definitely do 4 AS levels, especially if you get As/Bs at GCSEs. It is generally expected these days from most good universities. It is normally the norm to drop one after year twelve. You'll still get quite a few free lessons with four subs and although A levels are much harder 4 is a lot less than 10 GCSEs!

    Business studies would be ideal for a 4th extra in your case because you've already got three very academic subjects.

    hope this helps!
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    I got an A* for both...and I don't really know how...or what I did. As ama said, you can never really tell how as there never is a right or wrong answer (unless you blatantly don't know the text well!)
    Yep, I think if you can, try to do 4, then you at least have the option of dropping it if it gets too hard.
    Good Luck!
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    I got an A in English Lit and A* in English Lang. Lit because I revised the books well and learnt loads of quotes (and I'm good at analysing poems to a fair extent I guess...) and Lang because I'm naturally a good writer and I have a good imagination I guess.
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    Cheers guys, some other people have told me to stick with the 4 so looks like that's what I'll do, at least then if I find one really boring or hard I can drop it
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    im not sure what the policy is at your school, but at mine you can take the four subjects and then maybe drop one around xmas time, maybe before, if you are finding it really hard or too much hardwork.
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    1) I wouldn't worry about the GCSEs. English is notoriously tricky to predict. For example, I thought I'd get a B/C in lit even though I was predicted an A because I thought I'd screwed up one of the papers. It turned out not only did I get an A overall (in lang as well as lit) but I got an A* and full marks in the lit exam I thought I'd messed up! There's no trick to getting As and A8s in English really, you just have to be able to write good essays and know your texts well. There's nothing you can do about it now anyway, but I'm sure you've done fine.

    2) Definitely take 4 AS levels. It's required at a few top unis and expected at all good ones. It also means you can drop a subject after AS if it turns out you don't really enjoy it or struggle with it. As for English lit, it's a step up from GCSE, as with all subjects, but not too bad really. The content is very similar, you just need to be more analytical in your essays, which comes with practice. It is a lot of work doing all essay subjects, but as long as you enjoy them and you're organised, you should be OK. If you think business will be boring, you might want to think about changing it for something that interests you more.
 
 
 

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