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does oxford value 4 a-levels or an EPQ more?

if i did 4 a-levels they'd be maths, physics, further maths and german
if i did an EPQ, i'd do maths, physics and german and do an EPQ on german engineering

i want to apply for engineering science. any suggestions? thank you
Original post by tanyapotter
if i did 4 a-levels they'd be maths, physics, further maths and german
if i did an EPQ, i'd do maths, physics and german and do an EPQ on german engineering

i want to apply for engineering science. any suggestions? thank you


In this particular case, taking Further Maths is probably the better choice. If it were between German and an EPQ then it might be more of a contest but Further Maths is really highly valued by Engineering departments because the course (particularly at somewhere like Oxford) is going to be very maths heavy. The EPQ is a great thing to do, it helped me a lot with my application and was a lot of fun and a very rewarding experience generally, but I think Further Maths will be valued more for Engineering.

Edit: Oh hello again!
Original post by Plagioclase
In this particular case, taking Further Maths is probably the better choice. If it were between German and an EPQ then it might be more of a contest but Further Maths is really highly valued by Engineering departments because the course (particularly at somewhere like Oxford) is going to be very maths heavy. The EPQ is a great thing to do, it helped me a lot with my application and was a lot of fun and a very rewarding experience generally, but I think Further Maths will be valued more for Engineering.

Edit: Oh hello again!


thanks! i actually decided a few minutes before reading this post that i should take further maths and drop the EPQ. i have this weird attachment to german and couldn't bear not to take it to A2 because i love it a lot and want to become very fluent so that's why it was between further maths and the epq. but i like all 4 of these a-levels and am willing to put the work in and hopefully get something along the lines of A*A*AA with the A*s in maths and physics and the As in further maths and german, regardless of which uni i end up going to.
Original post by tanyapotter
thanks! i actually decided a few minutes before reading this post that i should take further maths and drop the EPQ. i have this weird attachment to german and couldn't bear not to take it to A2 because i love it a lot and want to become very fluent so that's why it was between further maths and the epq. but i like all 4 of these a-levels and am willing to put the work in and hopefully get something along the lines of A*A*AA with the A*s in maths and physics and the As in further maths and german, regardless of which uni i end up going to.


these are the exact a levels I am doing! Where did you end up studying?
Original post by tanyapotter
if i did 4 a-levels they'd be maths, physics, further maths and german
if i did an EPQ, i'd do maths, physics and german and do an EPQ on german engineering

i want to apply for engineering science. any suggestions? thank you

I would recommend doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics and German. Because 40% of Physics is Mechanics, also you will need to do Further Mechanics 1 and Further Mechanics 2 modules as your optional modules for Further Maths (assuming you're doing Pearson Edexcel).

It is almost like doing 2 A-Levels if you're taking Maths, Further Maths and Physics, as I have said before so much content overlaps with Physics and Maths and Further Maths. Also, German has so many English sounding words. So it is definitely manageable in terms of workload.

It is entirely up to you if you do the EPQ, but it might help to talk about it in UCAS Personal Statement and be asked about it at interviews. :wink:
Original post by thegeek888
I would recommend doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics and German. Because 40% of Physics is Mechanics, also you will need to do Further Mechanics 1 and Further Mechanics 2 modules as your optional modules for Further Maths (assuming you're doing Pearson Edexcel).

It is almost like doing 2 A-Levels if you're taking Maths, Further Maths and Physics, as I have said before so much content overlaps with Physics and Maths and Further Maths. Also, German has so many English sounding words. So it is definitely manageable in terms of workload.

It is entirely up to you if you do the EPQ, but it might help to talk about it in UCAS Personal Statement and be asked about it at interviews. :wink:


7 years ago…..
Original post by thegeek888
I would recommend doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics and German. Because 40% of Physics is Mechanics, also you will need to do Further Mechanics 1 and Further Mechanics 2 modules as your optional modules for Further Maths (assuming you're doing Pearson Edexcel).

It is almost like doing 2 A-Levels if you're taking Maths, Further Maths and Physics, as I have said before so much content overlaps with Physics and Maths and Further Maths. Also, German has so many English sounding words. So it is definitely manageable in terms of workload.

It is entirely up to you if you do the EPQ, but it might help to talk about it in UCAS Personal Statement and be asked about it at interviews. :wink:

Thread is seven years old. OP has now, presumably graduated and has received a degree.
Original post by emily-darlington
these are the exact a levels I am doing! Where did you end up studying?

I doubt OP will respond due to the length of time passed from creating the thread, but it will be a miracle if they do reply.
Original post by emily-darlington
these are the exact a levels I am doing! Where did you end up studying?


From some light snooping I found out that they ended up at UCL!
Original post by Retrodiction
From some light snooping I found out that they ended up at UCL!

Light snooping, lol

How I love a bit of gossip
Original post by Retrodiction
From some light snooping I found out that they ended up at UCL!

Ohhh niceee!

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