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    I'm probably too early (I'm only in year 11) but I was wondering if anyone knows how to get into Oxbridge and study English?
    Would it help if I enter competitions,write for the newspaper etc?
    Best A-Level subject combinations etc?
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    Essay based subjects such as English, History, a language, etc are good. Relevant experience would be a bonus - this could be writing for a school paper, journalism work experience or anything else you find interesting.

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    Essay based subjects such as English, History, a language, etc are good. Relevant experience would be a bonus - this could be writing for a school paper, journalism work experience or anything else you find interesting.

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    Are you at Oxbridge?
    What subjects at A-Level did you do?
    I'm thinking of doing English Literature,Biology,Psychology and History.
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    No I'm studying my A Levels, not looking at Oxbridge but know they look for high grades and for you to show you're passionate about the subject.



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    (Original post by Upseedasy)
    I'm probably too early (I'm only in year 11) but I was wondering if anyone knows how to get into Oxbridge and study English?
    Would it help if I enter competitions,write for the newspaper etc?
    Best A-Level subject combinations etc?
    I suggest you have a careful read of the advice gathered here.

    Extracurricular activities which give you regular writing practice are good. Reading widely will set you up well -- that doesn't necessarily mean reading all 'classic' or highly canonical literature, just try to get a bit beyond the limits of the syllabus for A level. I'll second fxlloutboyy's comment that having a language subject at A level is good, if you have any aptitude at all for it: studying any other language helps you understand English's own structures more by 'seeing them from the outside', and the literary aspects of foreign-language A levels are extra practice in literary-critical writing.
 
 
 
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