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    I'm from Malaysia and the college I go to does not offer these subjects. They happen to be subjects I really want to take and I've always been passionate about.

    However I am wondering if it is a good idea to go ahead and take it as a private candidate. Could anyone shed some light on this?

    Also from what I've seen online, there is no coursework for these two subjects, but could anyone confirm that for me?
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    It depends on quite a lot of things. Firstly, the coursework part changes depending on which exam board you take subjects in. I know that English Lit tends to have coursework, although it isn't a big part of the subject, and History sometimes does.
    If you're already taking three subjects for a level, two more will be a big strain. English Lit would be difficult to study by yourself because often a teacher knows what to look out for, whereas you might skim over a passage without realising how important your exam board considers it (even though I know, of course, that the specification of the board should not limit what you learn!). Also, English is about differing opinions, and if you're reading the texts by yourself it may be hard to think up different perspectives.
    I don't actually take History, but most of my friends do and it is obvious that there is a lot of content. They get set essays almost every week, which is a really important aspect of History, and if you have noone to set and mark yours, it will make it so much more complicated.
    However, both courses are truly enjoyable, and if you're passionate about it, and want to pursue these two to a higher level then the workload doesn't have to put you off!
    Have you considered transferring to another college that does offer these two?
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    (Original post by Hagrid'sWand)
    It depends on quite a lot of things. Firstly, the coursework part changes depending on which exam board you take subjects in. I know that English Lit tends to have coursework, although it isn't a big part of the subject, and History sometimes does.
    If you're already taking three subjects for a level, two more will be a big strain. English Lit would be difficult to study by yourself because often a teacher knows what to look out for, whereas you might skim over a passage without realising how important your exam board considers it (even though I know, of course, that the specification of the board should not limit what you learn!). Also, English is about differing opinions, and if you're reading the texts by yourself it may be hard to think up different perspectives.
    I don't actually take History, but most of my friends do and it is obvious that there is a lot of content. They get set essays almost every week, which is a really important aspect of History, and if you have noone to set and mark yours, it will make it so much more complicated.
    However, both courses are truly enjoyable, and if you're passionate about it, and want to pursue these two to a higher level then the workload doesn't have to put you off!
    Have you considered transferring to another college that does offer these two?
    Thanks for the reply! There is no college in the country that offers those two subjects. Only international schools do and as you can expect they are very expensive! My state has a British Council where I can register to take the test for any A Level subject I want.

    I don't plan on studying all of them together. Initially my plan was to do my Bio, Chem and Maths AS exam in June next year and the AS history and English Lit in November. And do the same for AS. I am leaning towards CIE since it is what I'll be doing in college.
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    (Original post by rhuthshana)
    Thanks for the reply! There is no college in the country that offers those two subjects. Only international schools do and as you can expect they are very expensive! My state has a British Council where I can register to take the test for any A Level subject I want.

    I don't plan on studying all of them together. Initially my plan was to do my Bio, Chem and Maths AS exam in June next year and the AS history and English Lit in November. And do the same for AS. I am leaning towards CIE since it is what I'll be doing in college.
    Hey! Did u decide to take Eng lit then? I'm also in AS and am studying CIE english lit privately and giving my exam in the Oct/Nov session.
    If u did we could go over some topics together.
 
 
 
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