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I’ve had my heart set on Newcastle university for a very long time and want to go there to study English Language. However only now after choosing my 5 uni options I realise it’s very technical and sciencey :/ I’m not a massive fan of my other options and I’ve asked if I could maybe change to both English lit and language (as I study both at a-level) and they’ve said I would need an A in English lit which is extremely unlikely for me and annoying as I got a reduced offer before. What do I do!?
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Do you like analysing and interpretting texts? If so, you're probably better suited to English Literature. Some unis will ask for higher requirements than they are actually willing to admit. Perhaps do some more research into English Language at Newcastle, or just English Language in general and get a feel for whether you think it's for you or not.

Hey just to let you know btw, an A might be doable. I was always an average student at school, hardly ever revised, then I did some revision for English Literature, did a past paper the night before an exam (timed as though it was the real thing) and I ended up getting a B.
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Do you like analysing and interpretting texts? If so, you're probably better suited to English Literature. Some unis will ask for higher requirements than they are actually willing to admit. Perhaps do some more research into English Language at Newcastle, or just English Language in general and get a feel for whether you think it's for you or not.

Hey just to let you know btw, an A might be doable. I was always an average student at school, hardly ever revised, then I did some revision for English Literature, did a past paper the night before an exam (timed as though it was the real thing) and I ended up getting a B.
Well thing is studying both now I am starting to get bored of the constant historical novels and I feel like I want to start being more creative with what I’m doing. I like the way real life is incorporated into the study of English Language. I’m not sure how to describe it but I’m baso choosing to do something Englishy just because it’s a solid degree that I’ll be able to apply to whatever I find I want to do in the future. I’m not sure what other degree I could even do. My other A-level is art and I consider myself a creative person but the idea of doing actual art next year sounds horrendous. I’m not sure what to do tbh and I 1000% don’t want a gap year.
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Well thing is studying both now I am starting to get bored of the constant historical novels and I feel like I want to start being more creative with what I’m doing. I like the way real life is incorporated into the study of English Language. I’m not sure how to describe it but I’m baso choosing to do something Englishy just because it’s a solid degree that I’ll be able to apply to whatever I find I want to do in the future. I’m not sure what other degree I could even do. My other A-level is art and I consider myself a creative person but the idea of doing actual art next year sounds horrendous. I’m not sure what to do tbh and I 1000% don’t want a gap year.
Hmm, perhaps you could talk to your english teachers at school about this issue? Studying English Literature at uni now there have been many historical novels, more so than not, i'm afraid. There has been a contemporary fiction unit in both first and third year, but I think this will heavily depend on whether the uni have a lecturer who specialises in this topic. What makes you think English Language will be technical and sciencey? And perhaps this is something you could get used to? Regarding art, are you simply tired of it? What's the issue?

Another thing, perhaps you could take something entirely new? I find myself daydreaming about whether I would have enjoyed film studies or media with literature more than straight lit at times. Before coming to uni I forgot that there were so many other subjects other than the ones we study at school.
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Hmm, perhaps you could talk to your english teachers at school about this issue? Studying English Literature at uni now there have been many historical novels, more so than not, i'm afraid. There has been a contemporary fiction unit in both first and third year, but I think this will heavily depend on whether the uni have a lecturer who specialises in this topic. What makes you think English Language will be technical and sciencey? And perhaps this is something you could get used to? Regarding art, are you simply tired of it? What's the issue?

Another thing, perhaps you could take something entirely new? I find myself daydreaming about whether I would have enjoyed film studies or media with literature more than straight lit at times. Before coming to uni I forgot that there were so many other subjects other than the ones we study at school.
Well studying English Literature now I wouldn’t say it was particularly sciencey but there are some technical elements but I know at Newcastle for example they teach you syntax graphs (which I invite you to google) and the guy said it’s a mathematical approach to language analysis which just sounds a bit awful. Yeah I agree I always think I would have enjoyed film studies! Ideally I want to go into an advertising career i think so whatever degree would best help me on that path??
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Well studying English Literature now I wouldn’t say it was particularly sciencey but there are some technical elements but I know at Newcastle for example they teach you syntax graphs (which I invite you to google) and the guy said it’s a mathematical approach to language analysis which just sounds a bit awful. Yeah I agree I always think I would have enjoyed film studies! Ideally I want to go into an advertising career i think so whatever degree would best help me on that path??
Did you mean English Language? ^^ and oh, I see, yes that does awful in my personal opinion

Perhaps you could study film or media? I think film might have you actually having to do some script-writing and film making though, perhaps media might be more your bag. I think both seem like they could lead to advertising, but I know English subjects are particularly popular with regards to advertising.
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Did you mean English Language? ^^ and oh, I see, yes that does awful in my personal opinion

Perhaps you could study film or media? I think film might have you actually having to do some script-writing and film making though, perhaps media might be more your bag. I think both seem like they could lead to advertising, but I know English subjects are particularly popular with regards to advertising.
Whoops I did mean English Language and yeahhh I think it’s probably best I stick with English to go into advertising
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Whoops I did mean English Language and yeahhh I think it’s probably best I stick with English to go into advertising
In that case perhaps you could stick with English Literature? Did you apply for any English Literature courses?
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English is a solid degree but overdone. If you want to do advertising, study advertising, marketing or business studies.
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