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    Hi everyone,
    I am in Year 11 and putting forward my application to a local Sixth Form College about option choices. Ever since I was young I wanted to go into Journalism as a career when I am older. Recently , people have been telling me not to take Media Studies at A Level or take a degree in Journalism itself, but specialised subjects you are interested in, and I have always been interested in Politics and could possibly strive to be a Political Correspondent/Journalist.

    My Choices:
    1) History
    2) Politics
    3) English Lit

    My main question is though, which English subject do I take? History and Politics are pretty much certain but I am confused whether I need to take English Language/Literautre/Combined for a future career in Journalism.

    Thanks for reading and feel free to respond with your opinion, and any questions you have.
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    What I suggest is to look on the universities websites to see what subjects they are looking for and the grades they want. You can even look at the gcse requirements which will tell you what you need to get overall and what grade is needed in a subject.

    Hopefully this should help
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    The subject choices are perfect.
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    (Original post by rosie.mn)
    The subject choices are perfect.
    Thank you. Why not choose Language though over Lit? Or both?
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    I would say choose English Language and Literature over either one or the other. Then you know you're covered either way.
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    (Original post by NatashaRoebuck)
    I would say choose English Language and Literature over either one or the other. Then you know you're covered either way.
    Thanks for the reply. Do you know what the major difference is? Is taking English Lit alone more 'respected' and is it extra work taking both?
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    Language is much more linguistic focused I think, Lit is good as it involves analysis, essay writing, etc. I would say Lit over Lang. But have a look at the content in both courses and see which one you'd prefer, if you don't enjoy studying books poetry etc. then maybe Lang
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    Want to be a journalist?

    Simple.

    - do stuff at your uni related to journalism
    - get as high up as possible with your student newspaper (not The Tab...)
    - get work experience (local news is good)
    - get graduate job
    - hey presto

    You don't need particular A-level choices, or a particular degree. Study what you enjoy and/or what you want to report on!
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    (Original post by signalptde)
    Thanks for the reply. Do you know what the major difference is? Is taking English Lit alone more 'respected' and is it extra work taking both?
    Sorry, I'm not too sure on whether just taking Lit would lead to it being more 'in depth' than splitting the two.
    I took English Language and Literature due to the fact that I felt it would cover a broader range of the subject.
    I know some of my friends who took just Literature and it seemed to me that they just did more of the work that I had covered in the combined course, but not exactly more 'in depth' or 'advanced' if you know what I mean.
    I'm not 100% sure though because I was set on doing the combined rather than one so didn't look into it much🤔
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    (Original post by jamestg)
    Want to be a journalist?

    Simple.

    - do stuff at your uni related to journalism
    - get as high up as possible with your student newspaper (not The Tab...)
    - get work experience (local news is good)
    - get graduate job
    - hey presto

    You don't need particular A-level choices, or a particular degree. Study what you enjoy and/or what you want to report on!
    Thank you, that seems to be what people have been saying. Cheers!
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    (Original post by signalptde)
    Thank you. Why not choose Language though over Lit? Or both?
    Personally I would advise against language. If you decide to get an English degree to get you into journalism you won't be able to do it with Language alone. Lit will teach you more, it's facilitating and is really enjoyable. If you really can't decide, do Combined. But, English lit is a much better option because you get a more in depth study of the area.
 
 
 
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