HELP!! Should i defer from uni for a year or not????????? Watch

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Okay so long story short, I'm in my final year of a levels and I picked the wrong ones basically, I do Biology Chemistry and History. When I first started a levels I wanted to something medical, hence the sciences. But I have since changed my mind as I have always been stronger at essay based subjects and therefore I picked to do History at degree level. Although I do enjoy history, I've come to the realisation I should have picked English a level because I want to do that at degree along with history. Should I pull out from the history degree, take a year out and get an English a level and then reapply?
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(Original post by elo23442200)
Okay so long story short, I'm in my final year of a levels and I picked the wrong ones basically, I do Biology Chemistry and History. When I first started a levels I wanted to something medical, hence the sciences. But I have since changed my mind as I have always been stronger at essay based subjects and therefore I picked to do History at degree level. Although I do enjoy history, I've come to the realisation I should have picked English a level because I want to do that at degree along with history. Should I pull out from the history degree, take a year out and get an English a level and then reapply?
Have you got offers for a history degree? If so do your unis offer joint history and English degrees?
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Have you got offers for a history degree? If so do your unis offer joint history and English degrees?
I have received offers from Leeds, Manc, York, Sheffield and Newcastle. Unfortunately I cannot do history and English because I do not do English a level at the moment.
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If this is something you definitely want to do then maybe consider it. Its your future at the end of the day
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I have received offers from Leeds, Manc, York, Sheffield and Newcastle. Unfortunately I cannot do history and English because I do not do English a level at the moment.
If you really want to do English and History, then it seems that your only choice is to get an English A-level.
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This largely depends on your reasoning for doing English at degree level. Outside from content, there is not a great deal of difference in the skills learned from a History or English degree. Sure, they are applied differently, but the analytical and presenting skills etc, are broadly similar and also well-regarded Arts subjects. If you have aspirations to study certain content from an English degree during your time at university or go into an academic career in English then I suggest you take a year out and do your A-Level and study dual honours. Otherwise, I'd say that a year out for the English A Level is not worth it.
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This largely depends on your reasoning for doing English at degree level. Outside from content, there is not a great deal of difference in the skills learned from a History or English degree. Sure, they are applied differently, but the analytical and presenting skills etc, are broadly similar and also well-regarded Arts subjects. If you have aspirations to study certain content from an English degree during your time at university or go into an academic career in English then I suggest you take a year out and do your A-Level and study dual honours. Otherwise, I'd say that a year out for the English A Level is not worth it.
I have keen interest in becoming a book editor, I do fear that I would be at a disadvantage in terms of getting a job because I wouldn't have had the English aspect. However, I am considering doing the history degree and then going to do a masters in literature, although I am worried that this would not be enough for an employer.
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(Original post by elo23442200)
Okay so long story short, I'm in my final year of a levels and I picked the wrong ones basically, I do Biology Chemistry and History. When I first started a levels I wanted to something medical, hence the sciences. But I have since changed my mind as I have always been stronger at essay based subjects and therefore I picked to do History at degree level. Although I do enjoy history, I've come to the realisation I should have picked English a level because I want to do that at degree along with history. Should I pull out from the history degree, take a year out and get an English a level and then reapply?
I would say definitely defer for a year, there's absolutely no need to rush into doing a degree and its much better that you're sure that you've applied to the right course than you rush your decisions and apply to the wrong one. I get that its a tough decision to make, especially if you've got a lot of friends who have already applied to uni, but trust me it will be well worth it!
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thank you for the lovely response! yeah most of my friends aren't going to uni so it wouldn't really matter anyway, I suppose I will have to really think about it.
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I would say definitely defer for a year, there's absolutely no need to rush into doing a degree and its much better that you're sure that you've applied to the right course than you rush your decisions and apply to the wrong one. I get that its a tough decision to make, especially if you've got a lot of friends who have already applied to uni, but trust me it will be well worth it!
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(Original post by elo23442200)
Okay so long story short, I'm in my final year of a levels and I picked the wrong ones basically, I do Biology Chemistry and History. When I first started a levels I wanted to something medical, hence the sciences. But I have since changed my mind as I have always been stronger at essay based subjects and therefore I picked to do History at degree level. Although I do enjoy history, I've come to the realisation I should have picked English a level because I want to do that at degree along with history. Should I pull out from the history degree, take a year out and get an English a level and then reapply?
What benefit do you have from pulling out of the history degree and taking a year out to get English A-level?

Do you want to do double honours English and History? Are you afraid you might not get your place at History that you already applied for?

95% of the time the answer to "Should I do (x different thing than most people)" is no.
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(Original post by elo23442200)
I have keen interest in becoming a book editor, I do fear that I would be at a disadvantage in terms of getting a job because I wouldn't have had the English aspect. However, I am considering doing the history degree and then going to do a masters in literature, although I am worried that this would not be enough for an employer.
An employer would certainly ask questions about why you did not have English at either A Level or undergraduate level were you to apply for an editing job. As long as there is a degree of commitment to a career aided by an English degree it would make sense for you to take the year out and get the A Level , as long as you're sure.
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