Applied for English language course when I wanted English lit?

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So I’ve applied for English at Strathclyde, Dundee, Aberdeen, Stirling, And Edinburgh Napier when I really wanted to focus on literature. Will I still enjoy the English language courses? I love learning about poetry, books, etc and now I’m worried incase I code the wrong courses. Is English lit and English language the same thing?
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So I’ve applied for English at Strathclyde, Dundee, Aberdeen, Stirling, And Edinburgh Napier when I really wanted to focus on literature. Will I still enjoy the English language courses? I love learning about poetry, books, etc and now I’m worried incase I code the wrong courses. Is English lit and English language the same thing?
Nope they are different. Surely you have studied them already?

Literature is studying what other people have written in books, poetry and plays.

Language is about how people write in general.

It sounds like you needed to apply for Literature.

You can either withdraw your application and put a fresh one in or tell each of them on the phone tomorrow you want to be considered for literature.


Unfortunately it makes me concerned about your PS if you dont understand the difference and it might raise concern at the unis that you dont know which course you want. It makes you look as though you havent done any research.
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Seriously?

Contact the admissions departments and ask if they can transfer your application.
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My mate who did both Language and Lit at A level definitely appeared to be studying two very different subjects. They were already a bit different from each other at GCSE level and I'd imagine that they only branch further apart. You'll want to ring around the unis and try and fix it.
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They're very different. Check the courses though, as if you have applied for just 'English' you will study both language and literature, which might appeal to you.

I study English language and we have only studied stylistics (approaching literature from a language point of view) in one module. Other than that we have absolutely no contact with literature (poetry, creative writing, books, etc.). We study how language is spoken, written and communicated in society, the history of human communication and World English, how to teach English to speakers of other languages, how people of different backgrounds speak English, things like that.
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Nope they are different. Surely you have studied them already?

Literature is studying what other people have written in books, poetry and plays.

Language is about how people write in general.

It sounds like you needed to apply for Literature.

You can either withdraw your application and put a fresh one in or tell each of them on the phone tomorrow you want to be considered for literature.


Unfortunately it makes me concerned about your PS if you dont understand the difference and it might raise concern at the unis that you dont know which course you want. It makes you look as though you havent done any research.
But in the unis “English” was the only course they had so I assumed it was what I wanted. Does this make a difference? All of my courses just say “English” and “English studies”
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But in the unis “English” was the only course they had so I assumed it was what I wanted. Does this make a difference? All of my courses just say “English” and “English studies”
Just look at the course structure and that should tell you what you have signed up for.
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Just look at the course structure and that should tell you what you have signed up for.
I think the strathclyde English course talks about studying literature like Shakespeare so hopefully that ones okay
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But in the unis “English” was the only course they had so I assumed it was what I wanted. Does this make a difference? All of my courses just say “English” and “English studies”
In my experience, "English" and "English studies" offer a mixture of modules between literature and language. Though as you progress into second and third year, you'll be able to choose more optional modules which you can gear towards literature. The prospectus should tell you exactly what modules you can expect to study though.
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