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    Hi, I'm in year 11 and a few weeks ago we were asked to give in our A-level choices. I decided when I found out that AS levels were to be discontinued that I would do 4, namely Maths, Biology, Chemistry and English Literature and I'm thinking of applying for medicine. But my school is really pushing for the EPQ. At first I considered attempting to do it as well or even dropping one of my subjects but upon researching it seems to need A LOT of work and doesn't seem like something I would enjoy. From what I understand it requires a 10-15 minute presentation and a kind of log for all your planning/research? I've never particularly enjoyed independent projects and don't have anything I'm passionate about in mind. Does anyone know how much universities/which universities take the EPQ into account for medicine?
    Oh and I should also mention that I have a meeting with the deputy head of my school next week because I want to do 4 and I'm pretty sure she's going to try and convince me to do 3 and the EPQ...
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    From talks I've been to throughout the application process, I distinctly remember that certain uni's don't take the EPQ into account at all and couldn't care if you did it. If it gives you something to talk about, it could be useful but it's not necessary. Entry requirements are based on your a level results
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    Honestly you don't need an EPQ or a 4th A Level for Medicine. I'd actually say the EPQ has more benefit as there isn't a single uni as far as I'm aware that will view a 4th A Level as beneficial, whilst you can at least discuss the EPQ at interview and it shows that you have an interest in the subject outside of your school work

    Also an EPQ is nowhere near as much work as another A Level - I finished mine totally by February half time and I wrote it in a week, if you just crack on then you can finish it really early
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    EPQ is just a way to get an easy A. Take 4 subjects and drop one after the first year and pick up an EPQ.
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    (Original post by kktrian)
    Hi, I'm in year 11 and a few weeks ago we were asked to give in our A-level choices. I decided when I found out that AS levels were to be discontinued that I would do 4, namely Maths, Biology, Chemistry and English Literature and I'm thinking of applying for medicine. But my school is really pushing for the EPQ. At first I considered attempting to do it as well or even dropping one of my subjects but upon researching it seems to need A LOT of work and doesn't seem like something I would enjoy. From what I understand it requires a 10-15 minute presentation and a kind of log for all your planning/research? I've never particularly enjoyed independent projects and don't have anything I'm passionate about in mind. Does anyone know how much universities/which universities take the EPQ into account for medicine?
    Oh and I should also mention that I have a meeting with the deputy head of my school next week because I want to do 4 and I'm pretty sure she's going to try and convince me to do 3 and the EPQ...
    4 A-levels are a lot of work, and not required by any universities. Offers are made on 3 subjects.

    An EPQ can help prepare you for university essay writing, and some universities do give slightly lower offers if you have an EPQ.
    e.g. Bath
    http://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/taki...e-application/
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