Why did you not take English at A-level? Watch
One might argue that English literature is popular because it is a facilitating subject. However psychology and law are also quite popular and they are not facilitating subjects. History is a facilitating subject so if one wants an essay type subject that has far more utility in terms of knowledge than English literature then one exists.
All a facilitating subject means is that it keeps options open when it comes to university courses. It doesn't mean that it's hard, academically rigorous, or even more valued than a non-facilitating subject is. There are not many university courses that demand a facilitating subject in any subject. Therefore if a course doesn't specify the applicant has to have an English literature A Level – then it isn't needed and may not be any advantage over another subject. This also applies to law degrees.
Sometimes I wonder whether even half the students currently taking A Level English literature would actually read the same materials in bed for enjoyment if there was no A Level in English literature.
In contrast, English language is an obscure A Level taken by only a small number of students.
Took A level Eng Lit because I genuinely enjoyed the subject. It's also possible to ********e your way through it which is very much my style; I'm good at creating the illusion of actually knowing what I'm talking about.
Oh, and where is the graph for computer science? Will there ever be a day when more students take computer science than English literature for A Level?
The university degree course and my career pathway (Chemical Engineering) are by no means linked with English Language and/or literature
I'm a former year 11 student that left school just 3 weeks ago, and my experience with both English Language and Literature at GCSE; the subject simply did not gravitate towards me and I did not enjoy it. Good day.
There are times when I think that most students who take English literature for A Level do so simply because they enjoy the classics of literature and were good at the subject at GCSE level, rather than for any other reason with the possible exception of those planning on studying Law. As I have stated in #41 it's a hobby subject.
How many of them would have taken English language at A Level rather than English literature as a complement to their other choices?
I really enjoyed it and it was a nice escape from all the stem stuff. But as you can see the rest of my a levels were all stem and I am currently doing a stem degree. While I enjoyed it I didn’t really have any other facilitating subjects that went with English to pursue it further. I feel like o was constantly told by parents and other people that I wouldn’t be able to do as much by doing English as opposed to doing stem at degree level.
I did enjoy stem more which is why most of my choices were science and maths so I don’t think it swayed me completely and I don’t regret my choice to not continue with it. But I feel like there is a stigma about English higher education.
I was personally going to choose English Lit but the teacher said you had to be very passionate about the subject and love the books you read. From GCSE , I was very good at analysing the texts but I only read because I had to, and didn’t actually find them interesting. So that’s why I decided against picking it.
This still doesn't explain the level of popularity English literature has at A Level - even back in the years before there was all this nonsense about facilitating subjects.
It is notable that English literature is very classless as an A Level and is taken both by public school students and council estate kids. Economics and Latin are dominated by students in independent schools whereas psychology and sociology are 6th form college subjects.
But I loved the subject as I said and looking back, I probably would have picked it alongside Further Maths (another regret).
I hated english language a level, its not a clever A level. shouldnt be allowed to study english as a subject its ridiculous putting a label on everything and simply describing it, there are no real world applications like other subjects. English is dying because its a useless subject
The number of A-level entries in any of the English disciplines has been declining rapidly over the last four years, just look at the entry data below:
With these numbers seemingly spreading out to multiple subjects rather than just one, I wanted to know, why are students no longer interested in taking English?
Did you decide against taking English at A-level, if so why?
If you have still taken it, why? Are you still enjoying it or do you regret it now?
I personally think it's a shame if we continue to lose the amount of variation we have in our education system as students continue to flock to STEM.