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    hi there everyone. i am wanting to do an english degree after i leave sixth form at the end of next year. the thing that i'm worrying about though is that my A-levels will be in english lit (obviously), french, maths and chemistry. whenever i tell anyone what i want to do they say ' why are you doing chemistry and maths then?'. are universities going to prefer someone with A-levels in say english lit, languages and history???

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    (Original post by rachio)
    hi there everyone. i am wanting to do an english degree after i leave sixth form at the end of next year. the thing that i'm worrying about though is that my A-levels will be in english lit (obviously), french, maths and chemistry. whenever i tell anyone what i want to do they say ' why are you doing chemistry and maths then?'. are universities going to prefer someone with A-levels in say english lit, languages and history???

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    The top universities probably will. As I've said before, I know people who've been offered AAA (*exlcuding Maths*) to read History.
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    (Original post by Tek)
    The top universities probably will. As I've said before, I know people who've been offered AAA (*exlcuding Maths*) to read History.
    i don't understand what you're saying. what do you mean? excuse my ignorance, please
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    (Original post by rachio)
    i don't understand what you're saying. what do you mean? excuse my ignorance, please
    I think he's trying to say unis will prefer subjects allied to English, though I'm not sure if this is true...

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    I think he's trying to say unis will prefer subjects allied to English, though I'm not sure if this is true...
    aww!! i'm screwed then!!
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    aww!! i'm screwed then!!
    oops that was me but somehow i unregistered myself!
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    aww!! i'm screwed then!!
    Don't believe what some bod on a message board posts. Contact the universities you are interested in and ask them - it might take a day of phone calls but in the end you will have a clear idea of who would be willing to accept your a levels and which choices would be a waste of time.
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    Don't believe what some bod on a message board posts. Contact the universities you are interested in and ask them - it might take a day of phone calls but in the end you will have a clear idea of who would be willing to accept your a levels and which choices would be a waste of time.
    thanks, i'm going to do that. cheers!
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    Tek knows someone who applied with four A-levels, three allied to English and Maths. They gave that person an offer for the three allied to English and ignore Maths. This does not mean, however, that they would not have given him an offer if he had done three A-levels and one was Maths. So I'm sure universities will be happy to accept your subjects.
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    On the Oxford site for English (combined, but you can work it out) it says you need Eng Lit or Lang (or combined) for 'essential', nothing in the 'recommended' section and history or a language in the 'helpful' bit. So by studying French and English Lit, you actually advanatge yourself. If you are in Y12 and drop one, drop Chemistry or Maths (I would say Chem) nd then you'll have English Lit (essential) French (a language, helps with English and always looks good) and Maths (a well-recognised and respected subject for any degree).
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    On the Oxford site for English (combined, but you can work it out) it says you need Eng Lit or Lang (or combined) for 'essential', nothing in the 'recommended' section and history or a language in the 'helpful' bit. So by studying French and English Lit, you actually advanatge yourself. If you are in Y12 and drop one, drop Chemistry or Maths (I would say Chem) nd then you'll have English Lit (essential) French (a language, helps with English and always looks good) and Maths (a well-recognised and respected subject for any degree).
    This is perfectly true. However, I would personally feel more comfortable and would recommend studying 'allied' subjects.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    On the Oxford site for English (combined, but you can work it out) it says you need Eng Lit or Lang (or combined) for 'essential', nothing in the 'recommended' section and history or a language in the 'helpful' bit. So by studying French and English Lit, you actually advanatge yourself. If you are in Y12 and drop one, drop Chemistry or Maths (I would say Chem) nd then you'll have English Lit (essential) French (a language, helps with English and always looks good) and Maths (a well-recognised and respected subject for any degree).
    i am in year 12 so that's probably what i'm going to do. if i drop chem then i could take another subject to AS which will probably be history. is that a good idea or is it just a waste of time and effort??
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    This is perfectly true. However, I would personally feel more comfortable and would recommend studying 'allied' subjects.
    this probably sounds really stupid but what subjects are regarded as 'allied' to english??
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    (Original post by rachio)
    i am in year 12 so that's probably what i'm going to do. if i drop chem then i could take another subject to AS which will probably be history. is that a good idea or is it just a waste of time and effort??
    To be honest, I doubt they'll care about another AS. Cambridge say

    "Whilst the most popular subjects studied by our undergraduates have usually included modern languages, history and Classics, we welcome applicants with a broad range of academic backgrounds. However, we do expect a GCE A level in English Literature or English Literature & English Language."

    So if you have English Lit and French, which are or are allied to English and then Maths, I don't think you'll be at a disadvantage
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    (Original post by rachio)
    this probably sounds really stupid but what subjects are regarded as 'allied' to english??
    History, Languages, Classics, etc.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    History, Languages, Classics, etc.

    was that your 2000th post just then??
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    this probably sounds really stupid but what subjects are regarded as 'allied' to english??
    Essay based subjects - subjects with essay style answers in the exams. History being the most popular/common.

    Personally I'd say chem would be more use in applying for english as the coursework element will involve more writing than maths coursework (which is more about the methodology)...but then with english and french and a possible history AS (only do it if you're interested in it) you should choose whichever subject (out of chem or maths) that you feel most capable of getting a good grade in and the one which interests you most (usually the same thing).
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    Essay based subjects - subjects with essay style answers in the exams. History being the most popular/common.

    Personally I'd say chem would be more use in applying for english as the coursework element will involve more writing than maths coursework (which is more about the methodology)...but then with english and french and a possible history AS (only do it if you're interested in it) you should choose whichever subject (out of chem or maths) that you feel most capable of getting a good grade in and the one which interests you most (usually the same thing).
    i absolutely hated gcse history so i guess there's no point taking it if its not going to give me a massive advantage!
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    (Original post by rachio)
    was that your 2000th post just then??
    Yes, I gave you my 2000th post
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    Yes, I gave you my 2000th post
    i am honoured!! many thanks mighty lord huntroyde. : )
 
 
 
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