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What A-levels do you need to study English?

If you're thinking of taking an English degree, you’re probably already aware that an A-level in English is an absolute must-have. But what are the best subjects to combine it with?

If you’re planning to study English at university, an A-level in English literature or English language and literature will keep all English courses open to you. But you may find that combining your A-level in English with certain other subjects is a useful way to prepare for degree-level studies.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • English literature / English literature and language (some courses will accept English language on its own).

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • History.
  • Religious studies.
  • French or another foreign language.
  • Latin or another classical language.

Other typical A-levels taken by current English students

  • Psychology.
  • General studies.
Take a look at individual English courses on Which? University to find out the most popular A-levels, Highers or BTEC subjects students took before taking their English degree. 

Similar subject areas...

Even similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to English, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of individual courses before you finalise your choices.
 

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