I am currently studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Psychology at AS level and I am going to apply to study Medicine in October.
I would like to drop Psychology after AS and start an Extended Project Qualification (our college has a new rule whereby you have to either continue on with 4 A2 levels, drop one and take EPQ, drop one and take Critical Thinking, or drop one and take OCR Text Processing..) and my Dad has got me worried that this might not be the best decision? Any advice would be very welcome!
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- Thread Starter
- 11-04-2011 21:57
- 11-04-2011 22:08
I would go for EPQ another A2 just puts added pressure on and it's kind of worthless as you only need 3 A2 levels. Although EPQ is suppose to get you extra UCAS points which medical schools don't use, it gives you something to talk about, makes your application different. Critical thinking is just useless as most medical schools just ignore it. I'm not familiar with OCR text processing so I can't comment on that. But if I were you I would do EPQ.
I'm also thinking of applying next year and I'm hopefully going to do EPQ.
- 11-04-2011 22:12
I want to do marine biology/ ecology. I'm doing AS bio, chem, math and geog but'll probably drop maths and may pick up the EPQ, which is a new thing my college will be starting from september.
- 11-04-2011 22:12
Personally i think it would be better to do the EPQ ONLY if you are able to choose a good topic relevant to medicine if not then i think you would be wasting your time and you would be better off doing an extra a level.
- 11-04-2011 23:12
I'd do the EPQ- it can be fairly interesting (if you want it to be), will give you something to talk about in interviews and takes up far less time than an A2.
- 12-04-2011 20:09
+ Good in that it gives you something to talk about at interview and in your personal statement perhaps.
+ It's slightly more unique than four A-levels.
+ Potentially interesting and gives you a chance to do research.
- Purely as a qualification (as in without explaining it, just to see 'EPQ' on a CV) it is worthless.
+ If you are good at the A-level you increase your chances of getting AAA (as you do another subject, more possibilities)
+ Actually useful as a qualification
- Don't need it for a university offer
- Takes up more time than an EPQ
I do 4 A-levels and the EPQ and it isn't too much work (relative to what I'm used to and able to cope with). The EPQ was really interesting for me and I got to spend the day at Oxford University doing some research on my topic. I'm glad I did the EPQ but at the same time I would regret it if I didn't do 4 A-levels lol (no real reason).