What's English Literature like in A-levels?

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I'm doing my GCSE's now and I personally love both English Literature and Language and I'm always getting A*'s so I've been considering taking it for A-levels but older students I know who're doing their A-levels now are telling me to not take English Lit and instead, to take something else like Sociology or Psychology which has left me so baffed..

Any advice?

Posted Tue 5th February, 2013 @ 19:45 by Former Member

12 Answers

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I agree I loved english lit at gcse but i hate it at a level it's awful ;(

Answered Wed 6th February, 2013 @ 12:06 by Hannah-may
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Its a lot of hard work like any subject.

Im studying poetry which can be a bit hard to analyse at some times, and there is a lot of coursework associated with the book you are studying.

Be prepared for writing loads of essays!

Answered Thu 7th February, 2013 @ 17:39 by halah
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Hi! :) 

Personally I did find AS English Lit hard to adjust to since it felt like a huge leap from GCSEs in the sense that you have to strictly focus on the assessment objectives set when writing essays. You also need to be able to evaluate your own analytical points and justify them with evidence.Referring to other texts, paticularly when writing coursework is also essential. Despite this, I did enjoy the texts we studied last year and this year which I think is important. 

I'm not sure whether the topics do stay the same. As far as I know, they stayed the same in our school, the year 12 students are studying the same texts as we did however I'm not sure whether this applies to all schools. 

Good luck in your decision! :) 

Answered Wed 13th February, 2013 @ 20:27 by Z95
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I was the same, it is a major jump from GCSE but as long as your willing to put in extra hours you'll fly by... I enjoy English Lit even if it is a lot harder as the work is more challenging and I think it depends on the college/exam board that you are with, I am studying Dorian Gray whilst my friend at another college is studying a different book but were both AS students. Good look:)

Answered Wed 13th February, 2013 @ 20:56 by SophieClaire
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It's bloody hard, let me tell you know whatever you're doing in year 11 is **** easy compared to anything you'll do at AS. 

Answered Mon 18th February, 2013 @ 11:56 by Maz
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Aw thanks everyone!

I've just picked my A levels and I've decided to do English Lit - aaaaah wish me luck guys!

Answered Wed 6th March, 2013 @ 18:44 by Former Member
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Do the topics you study for A levels stay the same for every year?

Like um.. every year, students do Of Mice and Men in Year 11

Answered Fri 8th February, 2013 @ 22:19 by Former Member
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For A - level English Literature the skills are the same as GCSE as long as you have the basics  then you'll be fine. It's mostly just about remembering loads of quotes and being able to analyse.

Answered Fri 15th February, 2013 @ 16:16 by Alice Deane
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Personally I think if you enjoy it now you will enjoy the push at A-level... It just requires extra commitment :)

Answered Sun 3rd March, 2013 @ 00:01 by shallyz
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It's a lot of hard work, but I still love it. If you're really passionate about it, you'll enjoy it despite the workload.

Answered Mon 1st April, 2013 @ 12:46 by Emily
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If you love GCSE English, then go for it, it is your future. I currently study A level English and even though it is extremely difficult, I do not regret taking it. 

Answered Fri 1st May, 2015 @ 13:39 by amiejones
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It's the hardest thing you will ever do. BUT, when you finnally master, it is amazing

Answered Thu 14th May, 2015 @ 09:28 by Matt D