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Basically I’m choosing my a levels and I know for sure I’m doing history and politics (I want to do a his&pol degree at uni) and my other option is probably English lit but now I’m concerned I’ve given myself too heavy of a workload? Like is taking three essay based subjects a mistake or actually do-able? I guess my other option would be biology (as it’s a facilitating subject) so would this be a better combination? Thanks!!
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Basically I’m choosing my a levels and I know for sure I’m doing history and politics (I want to do a his&pol degree at uni) and my other option is probably English lit but now I’m concerned I’ve given myself too heavy of a workload? Like is taking three essay based subjects a mistake or actually do-able? I guess my other option would be biology (as it’s a facilitating subject) so would this be a better combination? Thanks!!
Hi Alexhowe,

I did 3 essay based subjects- History, Classics and Politics.

I managed to do all of them so you'll definitely manage! At times I did have busy weeks but as long as you start planning big pieces of work the day you get it you should be fine. A lot of the work I was set was note taking or short questions to learn facts/interpretations fast so you definitely won't be getting essays every day. If I'm completely honest at times I definitely felt overwhelmed but I always pulled through and handed work in on time. While taking these subjects I also took martial arts classes three times a week, participated in school productions and sang in choirs (all after school) so you do get time to do things other than work!

That being said it really helps when doing a subject if you're really interested in it so if you really enjoy English lit then definitely take it because you'll find it so much easier to manage work doing something you like.

Hope this helps!

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If you enjoy all of them then you will be fine.
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I currently take English Lit, History and English Lang at A Level and I did Politics at AS Level,
Yes, the workload is hard with three essay subjects but if you enjoy the subjects I'm sure you'll be fine! I haven't had any issues

If you have any questions about any of the subjects feel free to reach out
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Basically I’m choosing my a levels and I know for sure I’m doing history and politics (I want to do a his&pol degree at uni) and my other option is probably English lit but now I’m concerned I’ve given myself too heavy of a workload? Like is taking three essay based subjects a mistake or actually do-able? I guess my other option would be biology (as it’s a facilitating subject) so would this be a better combination? Thanks!!
You don't need 3 "facilitating" subjects. Pick a 3rd subject you enjoy and will do well in.

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I currently take English Lit, History and English Lang at A Level and I did Politics at AS Level,
Yes, the workload is hard with three essay subjects but if you enjoy the subjects I'm sure you'll be fine! I haven't had any issues

If you have any questions about any of the subjects feel free to reach out
Thank you so much! If you don’t mind me asking, how much of a step up was English lit from GCSE to alevels (workload and grades) and which exam board did you do? Thank so much!!
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Thank you so much! If you don’t mind me asking, how much of a step up was English lit from GCSE to alevels (workload and grades) and which exam board did you do? Thank so much!!
Hey! Sorry for the late reply! The workload hasn't been too bad actually but I think there is an adjustment period where you have to get used to the new assessment criteria and your grades may drop slightly until you get into the swing of things!

I have AQA as my exam board!

Hope this helps!
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Ah thank you so much that’s been so helpful!
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I did three essay based subjects and found it fine. As long as you enjoy your subjects and are willing to do the work then it should be okay. It sets you up for uni too.
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I'm doing 3 essay subjects at a very intense school and honestly it is fine... it's more important to enjoy your subjects than to make your life easy. I do English lit, French and History, and it is a stretch but as long as you are willing to work you will be fine.
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I'm doing History, Politics and English Lit at college, and it can be intense but it does work in your favour as you will learn skills that are useful for all three of your subjects.
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