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Fast track AS/A Level General Studies, or the Extended Project Qualification?

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    In September I will be starting my second, and hopefully final year of college. I am debating which course to pick as I need to pick one up.
    Has anyone had experience in any of the two, and which one would people reccomend?
    Note- I am wanting to go to university so was also wondering which cause may appeal more to universities.
    (I am aware of the fact EPQ has less UCAS points, but have heard good things about it, so need opinions.)
    Thank you.

    I don't know much about general studies, but speaking from experience I feel the extended qualification is really beneficial. I completed my dissertation style EPQ within a year, including all of my research. The extended project highlights university style skills, and shows an interest in your chosen subject outside of A Level studies. It also scores major points if the topic of your EPQ is related to the course you want to apply for. From what I can see on UCAS, general studies can occasionally be discredited when it comes to applying. So, I'd probably recommend the EPQ, hope this helps!

    The EPQ is much better to do. Many universities (especially the best ones such as Russell Group) don't count General Studies towards entry requirements

    I would personally recommend the EPQ. Like the previous answers have stated, it has many advantages including helping to develop study skills such as referencing, extended essay writing and public speaking, it can help to further demonstrate your commitment to your degree subject if you choose to base it on a related topic, and doing an EPQ can sometimes lead to lower university offers. General Studies is also often excluded from university offers, therefore I would encourage you to take up the EPQ instead
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