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    Hi, I am wondering how useful EPQ would be for the dentistry application at uni. Are grades more important than that? I know that EPQ does help in the interview but to be honest I would rather focus more on my grades. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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    I did the OCR EPQ and I made a website on dentistry. Tbh I think it helped my application because I could use it to show my interest in dentistry and science (although I had other stuff for that as well). Also researching all that stuff really helped me out in my interviews because I had a lot of knowledge. The more work you put in, the more you get out of it. It's just that there's a ton of evaluation, analysis, documenting progress etc. that takes up so much of your time and in the end did not benefit me at all. It's not even hard its just so looonnggg. Although to be fair, I did most of that in one day, working from 1.30pm to 6am the next day which was the deadline. I just BSed my way through it. So did most of my year. :rofl: Your grades are definitely more important but with EP your ucas tariff will be higher which helps when applying to places like queen mary. Just make sure its dentistry-related or involves manual dexterity. I reckon you can handle three subjects and EP
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    I did the OCR EPQ and I made a website on dentistry. Tbh I think it helped my application because I could use it to show my interest in dentistry and science (although I had other stuff for that as well). Also researching all that stuff really helped me out in my interviews because I had a lot of knowledge. The more work you put in, the more you get out of it. It's just that there's a ton of evaluation, analysis, documenting progress etc. that takes up so much of your time and in the end did not benefit me at all. It's not even hard its just so looonnggg. Although to be fair, I did most of that in one day, working from 1.30pm to 6am the next day which was the deadline. I just BSed my way through it. So did most of my year. :rofl: Your grades are definitely more important but with EP your ucas tariff will be higher which helps when applying to places like queen mary. Just make sure its dentistry-related or involves manual dexterity. I reckon you can handle three subjects and EP
    Thanks for answering! Yes, I do get that it will help to show your enthusiasm for dentistry. But so are reading books. I know that I will not be able to cope with an EPQ because in my year all the exam boards have changed their syllabus. So, I am not someone who can Bs their way through it... I thought that unis don't take into account of the ucas points you get from it, do they? Also if I don't do EPQ, what else could I do to boost my chances of getting an offer ? Thank you

    And btw are you doing dentistry at uni now? What is it like in terms of workload etc?
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    Thanks for answering! Yes, I do get that it will help to show your enthusiasm for dentistry. But so are reading books. I know that I will not be able to cope with an EPQ because in my year all the exam boards have changed their syllabus. So, I am not someone who can Bs their way through it... I thought that unis don't take into account of the ucas points you get from it, do they? Also if I don't do EPQ, what else could I do to boost my chances of getting an offer ? Thank you

    And btw are you doing dentistry at uni now? What is it like in terms of workload etc?
    No I applied this year and got 4 interviews, got my first offer at barts on friday, waiting for the others (Kings, Bristol, Sheffield). Kartace made a thread about studying dentistry and shares his experiences. I found it very useful.

    Yes to be fair the main thing is being able to explain why it helped you and what you learned from it at interviews. They won't discriminate because not every sixth form offers the chance to do the EPQ. We got a july deadline and october deadline. I focused completely on revision and after my AS exams I did my EP and handed it in for the october deadline so it didn't really affect my revision. I know barts use ucas tariff but I dunno about other universities.
    Do work experience at an NHS practice and private practice (I only did 11 days total work experience) The main thing is explaining what you learned from it
    Try to get some experience in a dental lab or observing a max fax surgeon
    Definitely do volunteering (I volunteered as a hospital ward assistant in a dementia ward)
    Team sports and example of working as a leader
    Look into the different specialisations (you don't need to know what you want to do, just be able to show to the interviewers that you've at least thought about it)
    Do the Futurelearn 6-week online dentistry course (its free)
    Going to open days, researching the uni, opportunities and course structure etc.
    Manual dexterity hobbies (you can bring in examples to some interviews, they love it) I didn't tho
    Show an awareness of the drawbacks of being a dentist (e.g. stress, how do you cope with it etc.)
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    EPQ is helpful for NOTHING, unless you're frantically searching for an extra UCAS points or your specific course SPECIFICALLY states than they will reduce your entry requirements by a grade (quite rare) don't bother, it's really not worth the stress!
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    My EPQ was very very time consuming. Not something to be taken lightly.

    At the same time, universities loved it as part of my application. Whilst it didn't change any of my offered grades (bar Southampton uni who changed AAB to ABB if I achieved an A or higher in EPQ), I am sure it helped get into all my places, and within a couple weeks of applying too!
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    Only do the EPQ if you are interested. It's a lot of work for it to 'look good' on an application.

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    (Original post by yoda123)
    No I applied this year and got 4 interviews, got my first offer at barts on friday, waiting for the others (Kings, Bristol, Sheffield). Kartace made a thread about studying dentistry and shares his experiences. I found it very useful.

    Yes to be fair the main thing is being able to explain why it helped you and what you learned from it at interviews. They won't discriminate because not every sixth form offers the chance to do the EPQ. We got a july deadline and october deadline. I focused completely on revision and after my AS exams I did my EP and handed it in for the october deadline so it didn't really affect my revision. I know barts use ucas tariff but I dunno about other universities.
    Do work experience at an NHS practice and private practice (I only did 11 days total work experience) The main thing is explaining what you learned from it
    Try to get some experience in a dental lab or observing a max fax surgeon
    Definitely do volunteering (I volunteered as a hospital ward assistant in a dementia ward)
    Team sports and example of working as a leader
    Look into the different specialisations (you don't need to know what you want to do, just be able to show to the interviewers that you've at least thought about it)
    Do the Futurelearn 6-week online dentistry course (its free)
    Going to open days, researching the uni, opportunities and course structure etc.
    Manual dexterity hobbies (you can bring in examples to some interviews, they love it) I didn't tho
    Show an awareness of the drawbacks of being a dentist (e.g. stress, how do you cope with it etc.)
    That's a very detailed answer and thanks for all the tips. I will see how much I could do during my free time, thanks for helping.
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    (Original post by EllieO)
    EPQ is helpful for NOTHING, unless you're frantically searching for an extra UCAS points or your specific course SPECIFICALLY states than they will reduce your entry requirements by a grade (quite rare) don't bother, it's really not worth the stress!
    Do dental schools take the extra UCAS points into account?
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    Do dental schools take the extra UCAS points into account?
    Queen Mary's uses ucas points, so the epq would add some extra points which may help you


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    Queen Mary's uses ucas points, so the epq would add some extra points which may help you


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    Is that the only dental school that considers it ? Thanks.
 
 
 
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