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  • Replying to @guardian

    Technical, science centric courses are more coveted, the space for imaginative writing in English is almost entirely murdered at A-level, GCSE courses don't offer a broad or varied enough selection of texts and thus kills enthusiasm for further study, etc.

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  • Replying to @guardian

    My A Levels were Maths, Biology and English, wanted to study Biology for degree. I was encouraged to drop English for Chemistry, and was often met with confusion when people asked what my A Levels were. At the end of a masters in stats now and I am forever glad I took English.

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  • Replying to @guardian

    John Steinbeck at GCSE. 😩

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  • Replying to @guardian

    Gove's old white men curriculum at GCSE kills off the love plus no clear career progression plus massive STEM focus in schools = death of this A level.

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  • Replying to @guardian

    Because beyond reading/writing comprehension there's not a whole lot of practical applications for what you learn in A-levels English. Don't get me wrong, I loved English class, but I can't say much of it ever came in very useful after school.

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  • Replying to @Pips_Ahoy @guardian

    Reading/writing comprehension- being able to analyse what's being said- is a fundamental life skill.

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  • Replying to @kel_ice @guardian

    True, but I think by the time you're doing A-levels you should already have enough ability in that department for most occupations.

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  • Replying to @Pips_Ahoy @guardian

    But not developed to the ability that you would have at A-Level- not simply to basically read and write but to analyse and interrogate (a skill you'd need to study anything at university, even a STEM subject). Seeing as you study 3 A-Levels, why not have English as one of them?

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  • Replying to @kel_ice @guardian

    Because those are skills you can learn in day to day life just as well. Like you said, you only get 3 so gotta get bang for buck

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  • Replying to @Pips_Ahoy @guardian

    You can get into say an Engineering course with one Maths A-Level and one Science A-Level, so you get one spare. Someone who can show aptitude in two distinct areas (and realise how it might be useful, even for STEM) stands out.

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  • Replying to @kel_ice @guardian

    I'm not saying there's no value in it. Just that I get why some students choose not to do it.

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  • Replying to @guardian

    Brexit?

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  • Replying to @guardian

    IMAGERY, hands down, itΒ΄s killing the spelling!

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  • Replying to @guardian

    Too much STEM focus

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  • Replying to @guardian

    Somewhere a journalist is having to be talked down from trying to somehow blame it on millennials.

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  • Replying to @guardian

    GUARDIAN STOCK PHOTO KLAXON

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  • Replying to @guardian

    Lack of practical application, and honestly not seen as a very serious a level - personally I took history instead of English as it requires similar skills but is just more interesting

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  • Replying to @guardian

    We have too many immigrants/illegals here who's first language is not English.

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