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So I want to study English lit at Cambridge or Oxford but I'm struggling to decide which would be better
can anyone answer these questions ?

1) which is technically easier to get into with English
2) which relies on Elat more heavily
3) which has a better reputation for English
4) which is more friendly
5) if I get an offer but in the exam I achieve one grade below what I was supposed to get, which one (if any) would be more lenient to my situation
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1) don’t make a decision based on which is more competitive, they both are and that’s all you need to know.
2) again don’t choose based on which may be ‘easier’
3) Cambridge is technically ‘ranked’ higher
4) I mean that’s debatable
5) oxfords English offer is AAA but Cambridge’s is A*AA. Neither would be exactly ‘lenient’.
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Literally none of these are good reasons to decide for one course or the other, except number 4 - which is basically "variable, depending on college and how much you engage with others, but broadly similar on average".
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(Original post by aliceaquaspirit)
So I want to study English lit at Cambridge or Oxford but I'm struggling to decide which would be better
can anyone answer these questions ?

1) which is technically easier to get into with English
2) which relies on Elat more heavily
3) which has a better reputation for English
4) which is more friendly
5) if I get an offer but in the exam I achieve one grade below what I was supposed to get, which one (if any) would be more lenient to my situation
1) Neither, they assess pretty similarly but what they do differ in doesn't make one easier than the other
2) Again, they both rely on this rather heavily, it's this and the ps and written work which will see you get an interview or not
3) It doesn't matter about reputation differences if talking between Oxbridge, that's silly talk
4) It depends on who enters in your year, this is unanswerable until you turn up for your first week
5) Neither, they expect high grades, you have to meet their offer. They give out more offers than they can accommodate for purely this reason.
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Why do you actually want to go to oxbridge? It only seems that you want the name and reputation of having 'x' on your degree. Explain to me.
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Why do you actually want to go to oxbridge? It only seems that you want the name and reputation of having 'x' on your degree. Explain to me.
I want to go because I would like to study English at one of the best unis in England - whether that may be Oxford or Cambridge. obviously, I will be applying to other unis, and I'm aware that you can only apply to either Oxford or Cambridge, so I'm trying to figure out which would be better to apply to to get the best education and experience- which yes, will be down to rankings and reputation because there's no other way of me finding out which one would suit me better
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(Original post by aliceaquaspirit)
I want to go because I would like to study English at one of the best unis in England - whether that may be Oxford or Cambridge. obviously, I will be applying to other unis, and I'm aware that you can only apply to either Oxford or Cambridge, so I'm trying to figure out which would be better to apply to to get the best education and experience- which yes, will be down to rankings and reputation because there's no other way of me finding out which one would suit me better
Have you looked at the course content and structure of both courses and tried deciding that way? I did that for music when I was applying and to my surprise, there were some very marked differences which quickly made my decision for me
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(Original post by aliceaquaspirit)
I want to go because I would like to study English at one of the best unis in England - whether that may be Oxford or Cambridge. obviously, I will be applying to other unis, and I'm aware that you can only apply to either Oxford or Cambridge, so I'm trying to figure out which would be better to apply to to get the best education and experience- which yes, will be down to rankings and reputation because there's no other way of me finding out which one would suit me better
Erm?? “There is no other way of me finding out which one would suit me better” maybe go and visit the unis and go to open days smh 🙄 you can’t always trust league tables, no one can tell you which is better. Go and look for yourself and make your own choice
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Why do you actually want to go to oxbridge? It only seems that you want the name and reputation of having 'x' on your degree. Explain to me.
And that's a perfectly good reason. Not every decision has to be based on your grandfather's dying wish. Wanting to come out with an extremely valuable degree and open up doors is a perfectly valid reason.
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(Original post by aliceaquaspirit)
I want to go because I would like to study English at one of the best unis in England - whether that may be Oxford or Cambridge. obviously, I will be applying to other unis, and I'm aware that you can only apply to either Oxford or Cambridge, so I'm trying to figure out which would be better to apply to to get the best education and experience- which yes, will be down to rankings and reputation because there's no other way of me finding out which one would suit me better
Different rankings use different methodologies, and vary a bit every year. They shouldn't be the main deciding factor.

Look at the courses in detail.

Visit the universities. And that's important even if you are international; you'll be investing a lot of money (and time) during the next three years so it's essential you see what you might be "buying" in advance.

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(Original post by aliceaquaspirit)
So I want to study English lit at Cambridge or Oxford but I'm struggling to decide which would be better
can anyone answer these questions ?

1) which is technically easier to get into with English
2) which relies on Elat more heavily
3) which has a better reputation for English
4) which is more friendly
5) if I get an offer but in the exam I achieve one grade below what I was supposed to get, which one (if any) would be more lenient to my situation
Pick oxford AAA
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Look through the curriculum. That's how I made my decision.

If you go to Oxford / Cambridge cos it's "easier / more reptutable", (neither of which are true) but you hate the curriculum, you're just going to be miserable for three years.
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What areas of English literature interest you most? Generally speaking the Oxford course is better for Medievalists, since everybody has to study Anglo-Saxon literature in their first year, and it's possible to specialise almost wholly in the Medieval period in your second and third years if you so choose. At Cambridge, Medieval literature is optional and the course generally doesn't go back further than the Norman Conquest (although it's sometimes possible to do a "shared paper" from Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic). If you are interested in the genre of Tragedy, on the other hand, you might prefer Cambridge, since they have a specialist paper in it from its origins in Ancient Greece to the present day.

In short, it's worth comparing the curricula and finding out which you prefer. If you don't have a strong preference on that basis, then visit the universities.
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