Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    Hey,
    I'm doing four subjects at A level (Maths, Physics, Spanish and Further Maths), and planning to do aeronautical engineering - should I do an epq? If i was going to do one, I would do it on humans leaving Earth to find a new planet.
    Thanks
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Some Unis like it others disregard it - Check your list of university choices to see if it's worthwhile!
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    Are you in year 12 or year 13? If you're in year 13, a DEFINITE NO. You will have absolutely no time to do an EPQ on top of your 4 subjects. if year 12, go for it. Unis love it, and they often lower entry requirements if you get an A/A*
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Cereidee)
    Are you in year 12 or year 13? If you're in year 13, a DEFINITE NO. You will have absolutely no time to do an EPQ on top of your 4 subjects. if year 12, go for it. Unis love it, and they often lower entry requirements if you get an A/A*
    I'm in yr 12...do they lower your grades? Most universities use a grading system to choose students right?
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by alwin.sm)
    I'm in yr 12...do they lower your grades? Most universities use a grading system to choose students right?
    Well, when I was applying to and looking at university places quite a few offered to lower one grade. For example, The University of Birmingham, offered me AAB instead of the usual AAA as I achieved an A grade in my EPQ.

    The EPQ is also great because it demonstrates your independent research skills, time-management, and planning skills. It's a great thing to write about in your PS, and shows true university candidate qualities.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Cereidee)
    Well, when I was applying to and looking at university places quite a few offered to lower one grade. For example, The University of Birmingham, offered me AAB instead of the usual AAA as I achieved an A grade in my EPQ.

    The EPQ is also great because it demonstrates your independent research skills, time-management, and planning skills. It's a great thing to write about in your PS, and shows true university candidate qualities.
    Wow fair enough! Did you find you had enough time to study other subjects as well as doing the epq?
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by alwin.sm)
    Hey,
    I'm doing four subjects at A level (Maths, Physics, Spanish and Further Maths), and planning to do aeronautical engineering - should I do an epq? If i was going to do one, I would do it on humans leaving Earth to find a new planet.
    Thanks
    You would be better spending the time concentrating on getting the best grades you can out of your A levels. An EPQ is just going to eat into that time and won't be of any interest to the better universities. It adds to yous UCAS points and pads out your PS but that's it.
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by alwin.sm)
    Wow fair enough! Did you find you had enough time to study other subjects as well as doing the epq?
    Yeah, as I was in year 12, there is less pressure on studying, I'm not saying that you don't have to study, but obviously with the new changes, the grades don't carry over to the next year, it's not as intense as year 13 is, and so you can afford to spend some time on something other than your A-level subjects for a while.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Cereidee)
    Yeah, as I was in year 12, there is less pressure on studying, I'm not saying that you don't have to study, but obviously with the new changes, the grades don't carry over to the next year, it's not as intense as year 13 is, and so you can afford to spend some time on something other than your A-level subjects for a while.
    Wait, what do you mean the grades don't carry over to yr 13?
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by alwin.sm)
    Wait, what do you mean the grades don't carry over to yr 13?
    They reformed the A-levels in 2015 along with GCSEs....
    Everything is linear, now, AS and A2 are two separate qualifications, AS is no longer worth 1/2 an A2. You can get a grade E in year 12 and still come out with an A grade - if you worked a miracle - in year 13.

    once you complete year 12, you drop one of your four subjects - or keep them all if you're brave - and the three grades from the subjects you chose to carry on get cashed in. They no longer mean anything. The only thing that will be worth anything is that one subject's grade you dropped, unless it's a U grade then it's worth 0.

    Didn't your school inform you of this? it's a pretty big deal.

    Mind you, some subjects are not quite reformed yet, I'm not sure which ones as they are all currently being phased out but yeah. look it all up, you should be informed.
 
 
 

University open days

  • University of Warwick
    Undergraduate Open Days Undergraduate
    Sat, 20 Oct '18
  • University of Sheffield
    Undergraduate Open Days Undergraduate
    Sat, 20 Oct '18
  • Edge Hill University
    Faculty of Health and Social Care Undergraduate
    Sat, 20 Oct '18
Poll
Who is most responsible for your success at university
Help with your A-levels

All the essentials

The adventure begins mug

Student life: what to expect

What it's really like going to uni

Rosette

Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Uni match

Uni match

Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

Study planner

Create a study plan

Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

Study planner

Resources by subject

Everything from mind maps to class notes.

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A student doing homework

Study tips from A* students

Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

Study help links and info

Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.