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I’m picking my A-levels for collage and I’m stuck between either doing English Language or Sociology. I know I definitely want to do photography and media studies but I don’t know if by picking sociology all my subjects would be ‘soft’. I know a lot of English language is creative writing which I’m definitely not as good as so I’m stuck with what I should pick. Both look interesting but I like the sound of sociology more but will English language look better?
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Hi! I've finished my A-Levels this summer and happened to take English Language (unfortunately not Sociology but I hope I am of help regardless). English Language was my favourite subject as it had the right balance of nitty gritty analysing (with grammar for example) and wider theory debates (like how gender impacts our language). It depends on your exam board (I did AQA) but the only time I did any creative writing was for my coursework which only formed like 1/4 of the coursework mark. Alongside our creative piece (article, story, poem etc.) we had to make a commentary which was marked for another 1/4 of the coursework mark.

The other half of coursework was doing our own language investigation (which was so fun compared to other coursework I did in English Literature, History and Art). At the end of the day it depends on what you are interested in if you are more intrigued by sociology then take that.

There's always the option to change subjects in those early stages of sixth form/college so don't stress about making the wrong decision (there were plenty of people at my sixth form in Y12 who switched subjects after a few weeks of term). I wouldn't look so much at what looks good, because I could take Maths for example because it looks good but completely flop in it because I detest the actual subject. Go with what you think you will enjoy and succeed in because it will hopefully reflect in the grades! Good luck!
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