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    I'm doing 4 full Alevels, I'm wondering if I should do an EPQ or not.
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    Don't bother, it will end up being too much and you won't be able to give 100% to your subjects. Really for university, all you need is 3 A Levels and that'll be fine for most universities. 4 is great, and unless you're predicted anything less than A/B's then I wouldn't go for the EPQ.
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    I'm doing 4 A levels and managed to do an EPQ perfectly fine
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    (Original post by amelienine)
    I'm doing 4 full Alevels, I'm wondering if I should do an EPQ or not.
    Nope.
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    (Original post by amelienine)
    I'm doing 4 full Alevels, I'm wondering if I should do an EPQ or not.
    Yes, assuming the following are true:

    1. You think you're going to have enough time to take on an EPQ without negatively impacting your A Level performance
    2. You're doing the EPQ out of genuine interest rather than for UCAS points
    3. You're going to take it seriously

    I think the EPQ is a really great opportunity to look into a subject that interests you in a lot more detail than you cover at A Level and it can give you a lot of really good things to talk about in interviews, in your personal statement, etc. However, the value of the EPQ is what you gain from it personally, not the grade you get. So if you're just interested in taking it for the grade, do not bother, it's not worth it.
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    With 4 full A levels, I'd say no. I did EPQ with 3 A2s, and it was difficult, though not impossible. If anything it's the EPQ that can be neglected moreso than your A levels, so I wouldn't do it if you don't think you can put enough time in. I personally enjoyed it in the end, despite the stresses, and did well. Two of my uni offers were actually AAB or ABB with B in EPQ, so I could technically could have dropped a grade if I did okay in EPQ. But no uni accepts it as a subject on its own right, and with 4 A levels already it would probably be an unnecessary hassle.
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    Thank you everyone! I was already not thinking of doing it, but my friend who's doing 5 full A levels is doing an EPQ so that made me wonder if I should too. I got straight As for AS, so I'm hoping the same happens for A2 as well.
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    I'm in the same position! I really want to do the EPQ because my degree subject isn't something that I do at school, but I also can't decide which A level to drop! I think I'm going to do 4 and the EPQ until it becomes clear which one to drop (hopefully by January mocks) - if it turns out I can cope with the workload then perhaps I'll stick with all four. Good luck this year
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    I did 3 subjects and an EPQ and struggled with it, but I think it's different for everyone. It may sound obvious but the best thing you can do is try to get it done as quickly as possible and take all the help you can get, as it starts the interfere with your other subjects. As annoying as it was to do, I'm glad that I did it because it gave me experience for writing longer essays and helped towards my UCAS points for getting into Uni.
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    (Original post by amelienine)
    I'm doing 4 full Alevels, I'm wondering if I should do an EPQ or not.
    If you can do well in it and its related to your course, some unis look highly at it and may even lower their offers my one grade. Birmingham is an example for some courses.
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    I did an EPQ early during my GCSEs (through both year 10 and 11), and got an A*. I personally benefitted hugely from doing the qualification, as I learnt a lot about how to conduct research and write a dissertation, but it is very time consuming and can be difficult.

    I would say it depends on what A Levels you are doing - if you think they are going to take a lot of your time then an EPQ could just be a burden. If you are normally good at time management and organisation then you might be able to do it.

    Also, if you do an EPQ, make sure it is in a topic you're really interested in and passionate about. I changed my focus halfway through my project because my original topic didn't catch my interest enough for me to want to spend time researching it.
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    Hi, I did an EPQ whilst doing 3 A2's and didn't struggle at all, however doing 4 A2's with an EPQ of course would be harder. I got an A in my EPQ and this enabled me to get into my firm university of choice as it reduced my entry requirements. Without my EPQ I wouldn't have gained my first university choice so in my opinion it is worth doing the extra work. Perhaps check prospective universities and their entry requirements to see how much they value an EPQ.
    Hope this helped!
 
 
 
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