I've just started A Levels on the new linear system meaning there are no AS Levels, or not any on the choices I've chosen. I chose History, English Lit, French, and Spanish. My choice before GCSE results was to do an EPQ instead of English, but due to my high marks in GCSE English Literature which I was informed of on results day I decided to start A Level English Lit and see how I would get on with the heavy workload.
Fast forward 3 weeks, the workload has already become rather large and I am envious of my friends who only do 3 subjects and who get 20+ frees every fortnight compared to my measly 7. Dropping English would make my free periods go from 7 to 17, and my plan would be to concentrate on the other 3 subjects I enjoy more during them instead of having to drag myself to an English lesson every day. I'd informed my form teacher, the curriculum/timetable manager, the main EPQ teacher and basically everyone important at school about my plan to drop it last week, but didn't tell my English teacher(s) until I knew for definite I would be finished with it prematurely.
However, somehow, my English teacher found out (guessing from my form teacher??) and told me this week how I can't drop it until at least after half term, in about a month's time, as I might regret my choice. This I was OK with, but today she told me how doing a whole extra A Level is less work than doing an EPQ, which I would most likely pick up in English Literature's place, as an EPQ uses up a lot of your free periods and also doesn't account for much when applying to unis. She even went as far as saying that dropping it at summertime, without an AS grade or anything, would be a good idea as well as I can write about my experience doing English and what I got out of it.
So my problem is this - if I drop English and pick up an EPQ, have I just added to my workload instead of shrinking it? And is doing another A Level, even if I drop it after 9 months with no grade to prove, going to improve my chances into getting into a good university? I'm getting such mixed answers from different people and I am just interested in what you guys all think.
Is an EPQ harder than an extra A Level?
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