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    So I looked around and was accepted into a college the other night and it gave me a much better idea of the courses I'll take. I'm almost definitely going to take English Literature, Creative Writing and Graphics. I originally thought I'd take English Language, too, but now I'm not too keen on it and I found out about EPQs.

    I'd never actually heard of them until they were mentioned that night and they sound really interesting. I spoke to one of my teachers about it and he says you can do anything for it, like make a dress or write a play.

    I'm wondering what exactly an EPQ is, if universities like them, if they're particularly hard work, what you can do for them and also how do you apply for them?!


    (Original post by saladays)
    I'm wondering what exactly an EPQ is, if universities like them, if they're particularly hard work, what you can do for them and also how do you apply for them?!
    An EPQ is a 100% coursework qualification, graded A*-E, that can be done as an investigation, performance, artefact or dissertation, with dissertation being the most common type. It's broadly the same in terms of commitment and value as an AS - in the time frame you are looking at, a B at EPQ will carry the same no. of UCAS points as an A at AS. However, if you are committed and organised it can take sufficiently less time. My eldest did one on 30 minutes of teaching a week for 2 terms and got an A*.

    Whilst the places the eldest applied for made him offers based on his A levels, a couple of them (both Russell Group) dropped his offer by a grade (e.g. AAB instead of AAA) if he got at least a B at EPQ. My daughter's insurance offer was points based, and the A* she had in EPQ took all the pressure off her A levels in terms of achieving what she needed, i.e. instead of BBB she only needed CCC. It also gave her something meaty to talk about at interview as hers was related to the course she had applied for.

    If you want to do one you need to talk to the 6th form. Not everywhere offers it and not everywhere offers all 4 options.
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