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    Hi all, I'm in Year 13 now and I did an EPQ last year. Of course I got the whole "EPQ can lower uni offers" spiel from my school when they were enticing people into taking it. I get the concept of being more likely to get an offer from having it, since you've shown university-style independence & research skills etc., but the only universities I've seen explicitly mention how they take it into account (as in, changing their offer by a grade based on your EPQ) are Southampton and Leeds.

    So, does anybody know which other universities value the EPQ? Or has anyone had experience with their EPQ grade being a 'make or break' in their offer?

    EDIT: For the record, I've heard back from 4 unis now and Lancaster University went down from a typical offer of AAA-AAB to ABB for me, and since they asked for evidence of my A* in EPQ, I'm pretty sure that was the cinch for the lower offer! So despite the hell EPQ gave me last year it looks like it is worth it after all.
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    UEA lowered their offer from AAB to ABB because im doing EPQ
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    I'm doing EPQ too - regretting it now due to all the extra work! I've heard Sheffield lower offers due to EPQ as well as the others mentioned; I'm doing it solely to boost my UCAS points for some offers as it's equivalent to an AS, plus I talked about it in my PS as I haven't studied the degree subject at A Level, but my EPQ dissertation kinda links to it - hopefully all this extra work will pay off in the end. At least you know walking into the summer exams what grade you've got on it
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    Thanks for the feedback! Mine also directly relates to the course I'm applying for, so I'm hoping it will help a little, at the very least.

    But yeah, everyone I know regrets doing EPQ (myself included), lol. Hope it ends up worthwhile!
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    (Original post by jimjambles)
    Hi all, I'm in Year 13 now and I did an EPQ last year. Of course I got the whole "EPQ can lower uni offers" spiel from my school when they were enticing people into taking it. I get the concept of being more likely to get an offer from having it, since you've shown university-style independence & research skills etc., but the only universities I've seen explicitly mention how they take it into account (as in, changing their offer by a grade based on your EPQ) are Southampton and Leeds.

    So, does anybody know which other universities value the EPQ? Or has anyone had experience with their EPQ grade being a 'make or break' in their offer?
    It's difficult to quantify, as there's no set rule. Some unis will like them for some subjects, and others won't care. It also depends what else you have - if you have brilliant grades and a load of excellent work experience they might not care, but if you're more borderline it can help.

    Even if it doesn't help directly, it can show willingness to study, and knowledge of the subject. You can talk more passionately in interviews or in your personal statement. It will help to show a subject area that you're interested in, and you can use that to talk about what you gained and why you want to study further.
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    I did one directly linked to my course and got an offer from Newcastle of a BBB when it should have been an ABB it's really worth it I think anyway
 
 
 
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