Should I switch from Psychology A level to English Language?

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anony2307
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Has anyone done this, and if so how was/is your experience? I've been doing psych for around two weeks now and the workload is quite a lot. That alone, would've been okay but the content is challenging too. So should I switch? I don't have any particular career goals so I'm just doing subjects I enjoy. The course description of English Lang (AQA) doesn't seem too bad so why not? Any advice? If you have been doing psych and previously considered switching, does it get better? (i do psych WJEC).
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Perhaps not because:
"the workload is quite a lot"
is really very poor English.
To be fair the rest of your English is quite passable.

Besides psy will introduce you to statistics - a very useful tool.
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Tolgash probably can offer some advice on english lang, but i wouldn't regard it as an easy subject. psychology is pretty straightforward, the volume of content probably being the most challenging aspect of most.
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" psychology is pretty straightforward"

Oh no it isn't :mad: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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(Original post by Grizwuld)
Perhaps not because:
"the workload is quite a lot"
is really very poor English.
To be fair the rest of your English is quite passable.

Besides psy will introduce you to statistics - a very useful tool.
wasn't really looking to be critiqued on my English, as I writing in a rush but thanks
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(Original post by Grizwuld)
" psychology is pretty straightforward"

Oh no it isn't :mad: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
honestly, that's why I'm hating it at the moment I can't wrap my head around all the content
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The main reason I would warn people to be guarded about English Language is the NEA. It can take over your life and unless you’re being taught by a linguistics specialist you can find yourself in over your head very quickly. Very often English Language is taught by English literature graduates who don’t really grasp the subject very well and may not even have an A level in the subject. It’s a risky business. Psychology is at least usually taught by graduates of the subject.
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" I can't wrap my head around all the content"

OK so I'm assuming this subject is new to you? As you get into it you'll start to feel more comfortable. It's just because it's new to you that there seems so much to do. Mind you, of course, on that basis there probably is! This is also very much how it will be at uni, if your thinking of going that far; so it's good practice.

So what have you started on to study?
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Thank you for tagging me, absolutelysprout. However, I'm not too sure on how to address the switch. I will try my utmost best to make a useful contribution.

anony2307, you'll find that English language can also be quite strenuous. It is no different from any other A Level, and you cannot avoid that. Vis-à-vis the relative difficulty of the course, you'll find a smattering of psychology in the component focusing on children's language acquisition, and I hope you'll be comfortable learning and applying many different theories and grammatical terms. The NEA also involves creative writing and, albeit superficial, statistical knowledge. You should definitely delve deeper into the course content, because you'll want to avoid a nasty surprise.
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The main reason I would warn people to be guarded about English Language is the NEA. It can take over your life and unless you’re being taught by a linguistics specialist you can find yourself in over your head very quickly. Very often English Language is taught by English literature graduates who don’t really grasp the subject very well and may not even have an A level in the subject. It’s a risky business.
I disagree. My favourite English teacher graduated with a degree in media studies, and they taught both language and literature. Their teaching at KS5 was certainly up to standard. It would only be an issue if a pupil expected them to spoon-feed everything.

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