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I'm applying to sixth form later this year, and have a dilemma over which A-levels to choose. I have two options for sixth form that I'd like to go to and depending which sixth form depends on which subjects I take. I think it's also important to mention I'm an aspiring Oxbridge applicant (English course) so please keep that in mind, but basically I just need some information on my options and choices at the moment and help deciding!If I stay at my school my subjects would benglish litEnglish langPhilosophy Or Sociology (Please help me decide!)If I move, my subjects would be:PhilosophySociologyEnglish Lit Or English Lang/Lit (Please help me decide!)
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(Original post by annabelb06)
I'm an aspiring Oxbridge applicant (English course)

I stay at my school my subjects would be English lit/English lang/ Philosophy Or Sociology.
If I move, my subjects would be:PhilosophySociologyEnglish Lit Or English Lang/Lit
So check which subjects Oxford/Cambridge prefers (if any) and what focus each of their courses has - and remember, you have 5 Uni choices and so you need to look at far more than just 'Oxbridge' for this info.

Too much English? Only you can decide this. Remember A level is vastly different to GCSE and so you need to talk to the relevant teachers and find out what each of these A levels covers - get hold of the relevant text books if you can. Are they actually what you thought they would be about/focus on/cover?

Spreading your A level subjects is a good idea - because if you pick both English A levels and change your mind half way though A levels you will not have the breadth of A levels to enable you to go for a different degree subject.

Honestly? I'd go for one English subject or the Lit/Lang combo (because all Unis will be fine with that for English) plus two other different subjects. This will broaden your areas of study, introduce you to a whole heap pf new ideas and concepts - but also leave lots of pathways open to you.

Some degree ideas ..... check the entry requirements and the course content :
English - https://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergr...ses/ba-english
English Language - https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergr...lish-lang.aspx
American & English Lit - https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/undergr...can-literature
Sociology & Philosophy - https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/under...d-sociology-ba
English & Philosophy https://www.southampton.ac.uk/course...lish-degree-ba
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So check which subjects Oxford/Cambridge prefers (if any) and what focus each of their courses has - and remember, you have 5 Uni choices and so you need to look at far more than just 'Oxbridge' for this info.

Too much English? Only you can decide this. Remember A level is vastly different to GCSE and so you need to talk to the relevant teachers and find out what each of these A levels covers - get hold of the relevant text books if you can. Are they actually what you thought they would be about/focus on/cover?

Spreading your A level subjects is a good idea - because if you pick both English A levels and change your mind half way though A levels you will not have the breadth of A levels to enable you to go for a different degree subject.

Honestly? I'd go for one English subject or the Lit/Lang combo (because all Unis will be fine with that for English) plus two other different subjects. This will broaden your areas of study, introduce you to a whole heap pf new ideas and concepts - but also leave lots of pathways open to you.

Some degree ideas ..... check the entry requirements and the course content :
English - https://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergr...ses/ba-english
English Language - https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergr...lish-lang.aspx
American & English Lit - https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/undergr...can-literature
Sociology & Philosophy - https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/under...d-sociology-ba
English & Philosophy https://www.southampton.ac.uk/course...lish-degree-ba
Thank you so much for the help! I've decided to go withe English literature as well as Sociology and Philosophy
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