Hi Rosa. I'm currently doing my A's and I'm pretty much interested in English Literature. I have two questions for you:
Okay, so I’m going to assume “A’s” are A Levels and I’m just not down with the kids any more.
1) My course is very slightly different to many English Literature courses, because I’m doing my degree in Scotland. The Scottish system means you do four years (as opposed to three in England), and only in the last two do you study just English. Prior to that you do six modules per year, only two of which are English modules. Last year I did two Latin modules, an International Relations module and a Modern History module as well, for example. In terms of English itself, I was expected to read about one book or set of poem per week and attend three lectures and a tutorial per week on the related text. If you’ve studied English relatively extensively before then it’s not that much different - your analysis is just more in-depth and you’re expected to do a bit more outside reading for essays (journals, articles, secondary texts, criticism etc). If you have any aptitude for English then I doubt you’ll struggle with your early university studies.
2) It’s a complete fallacy that your degree “translates” into a specific job/jobs. The fact is that if you have a good degree from a good university then that’s what matters - far more than what the degree was in. This is especially true of English, where options for careers include journalism, business, education, publishing, marketing/advertising, management, any work in the media etcetcetc. Most jobs require further training anyway, so just consider your degree as your chance to study what you love as a foundation for further education or training.
Sorry if this was a bit too in-depth. May have got carried away. Hope I could help, though! And don’t be Anonymous next time!