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I know this had been asked loads before, but I really really want to take English lang/lit at A level, but I also want to go to a Russel group university and I know you're meant to take facilitating subjects.

I'm taking classical civilisation, psychology and then it's either lit/lang or lit. I know a lot of people will say to just go with what I want to do and do the mix, and I do think I'd do better in lang/lit as I'd enjoy it more, but I see so much about how literature is looked upon better by uni's, and I do want to study English at university- though I'm hoping to do a lang/lit course.

So basically, I want to study lit/lang at uni, I really absolutely love the lit/lang A level course, but I want to go to a good uni and the idea that lit/lang isn't as good is holding me back.
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I'd say go for lang/lit, I study it and I absolutely love it! I found it hard deciding between the two courses but I don't regret my choice at all! If it's any help, even though I chose lang/lit it still shows and requires the same skills and I've had offers from Russel group universities. You'll get better grades in a lesson you enjoy and want to take more, which will speak for itself when you get higher predicted grades when applying for university
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English Literature. Unfortunately you don't have a facilitating subject so if you want to apply for a Russell's a group University it could hinder your chances. English Literature is very enjoyable, trust me. Most Universities will have preference for it when studying English and it will help all your other subjects. If you think you'll enjoy it more, take English Combined, but honestly as far as difficulty is concerned, as long as you're a strong essay writer English in all it's forms will come naturally to you, and English Literature is not significantly harder to be honest. It's more reading yes, but not by much. (As an English student, you'll be reading anyway). I wouldn't say English combined would hold you back per se, but it's the fact you don't take any other facilitating subjects. If you did History instead of classics for example, I would recommend Combined because it wouldn't matter as much, but some Russell Groups can be picky.
That being said taking what you enjoy is always most important.
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