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gibbo992
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So, I'm in year 12 and want to go to university to do engineering.

I'm currently doing 3 subjects ( Maths, Further Maths and Physics) and I've been told I need to do an EPQ to get offers, my school said maths and FM overlap too much.

Is this true?

Also, is it even worth doing an EPQ for engineering, would i be better off spending that time revising for the other subjects to try and get a grade higher, removing the effect of an EPQ lowering offers?
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Depends on the unis you're applying to. Some unis allow it to lower a offer by 1 grade but for most russell groups this isnt the case. IMO it isnt worth doing at all. The amount work you need for it is too much for what you get in return. It is defintely not true you need it to get offers. Most top unis dont even consider it. Check the unis you want to go to first though if i was you
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From my experience doing maths and further maths, you need to put a lot of time into those. Further maths can get very difficult to learn and there's a lot of different concepts depending on what modules you do.
In my opinion it's probably not worth doing the EPQ since at best uni's tend to drop the required grades by 1, which you could make up anyway by putting extra time into your A level subjects.
But if you want to get some experience with report writing it's probably useful because that's something you'll have to do more of at uni, and probably won't get experience with otherwise (especially with your subject choices).
Best of luck!
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I am being honest here when I say that in my opinion EPQ is a waste of time.

1.) You can do an essay in your spare time and include in your PS anyway. Thus avoiding the stress of deadlines while still getting the same benefits

2.) When I missed my offer by 1 grade which was 1 mark, my firm university didn’t care about the EPQ. Also my clearing university didn’t care. (I had an A* grade in my EPq btw).
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I started the EPQ process by attending all of the taught sessions, because I had been told how much universities valued it.

One year later, I have absolutely no regrets about dropping out of the EPQ group one week after the sessions finished. A bunch of my friends who all got A*s in their EPQs didn't need them, and the offers they got weren't even lowered. Even the ones who enjoyed the whole process say it isn't worth it. Also, your school is totally wrong about FM and maths overlapping too much. Considering your A Levels, I'm assuming you're applying for a STEM subject, and thus an EPQ isn't even that useful anyway.
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It's pretty easy to do but I don't think Universities care as long as you have enough UCAS points and grades.
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(Original post by SuperHuman98)
I am being honest here when I say that in my opinion EPQ is a waste of time.

1.) You can do an essay in your spare time and include in your PS anyway. Thus avoiding the stress of deadlines while still getting the same benefits

2.) When I missed my offer by 1 grade which was 1 mark, my firm university didn’t care about the EPQ. Also my clearing university didn’t care. (I had an A* grade in my EPq btw).
what uni literally rejected u bc of one mark?
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what uni literally rejected u bc of one mark?
Got rejected because I was 1 grade down which was 1 mark. I am not sure if unis have access to the mark you get I think they just see the grade.

They said they would take me if a remark changed my grade but 2 of my remarks hand changed nothing
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What university was this?
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Got rejected because I was 1 grade down which was 1 mark. I am not sure if unis have access to the mark you get I think they just see the grade.

They said they would take me if a remark changed my grade but 2 of my remarks hand changed nothing
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(Original post by gibbo992)
So, I'm in year 12 and want to go to university to do engineering.

I'm currently doing 3 subjects ( Maths, Further Maths and Physics) and I've been told I need to do an EPQ to get offers, my school said maths and FM overlap too much.

Is this true?
I work in a school and although some of our students choose to do the EPQ we don't make them because it is not true that you need one to get offers. At best, some Unis will make you a reduced offer if you are doing very well in one (like ABB and an A in the EPQ instead of AAB without an EPQ). However, not all Unis will do that and even in the ones that do, you would arguably be better off focussing on your actual A level grades. So my advice would be to only choose an EPQ if you genuinely want to do one. Also, there is no problem with someone applying for Engineering degrees (even to top unis) with Maths, Physics and FM - in fact, they are probably the preferred 3 A levels.
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