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Hey,
I have to choose my A levels soon and as I plan to build my career in medicine I chose: Maths, Chemistry and Biology. However my school is offering a 4th option to take and then drop as AS, I don't know whether to take Computer Science or do an EPQ (Extended Project).
What do you guys suggest would be better?
(I did do Computer Science as a GCSE)

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From my experience and people at my school...

EPQ was a waste of time unless your university course takes it into consideration if you get an A/B in it - some uni's may lower your offer slightly, it's not something to count on though especially with medicine. For example on the website for Sheffield it says 'Our offer for applicants offering an EPQ taken alongside A Levels is AAB at A Level plus an A grade or above in your EPQ.'

Computer Science, I know there's coursework for it which people missed deadlines for - however as your dropping it after AS you might not have to do it. Other than that I don't know much, other than it's an interesting AS/A-Level.

Hope this helps
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(Original post by in.cendium)
From my experience and people at my school...

EPQ was a waste of time unless your university course takes it into consideration if you get an A/B in it - some uni's may lower your offer slightly, it's not something to count on though especially with medicine. For example on the website for Sheffield it says 'Our offer for applicants offering an EPQ taken alongside A Levels is AAB at A Level plus an A grade or above in your EPQ.'

Computer Science, I know there's coursework for it which people missed deadlines for - however as your dropping it after AS you might not have to do it. Other than that I don't know much, other than it's an interesting AS/A-Level.

Hope this helps
Thank you so much.
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At my school an EPQ is mandatory, but we were given class time for it. I ended up doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and a Physics EPQ, in which I got an A. This caused half of my uni choices to lower my grade requirements, in Exeter's case by 2 grades (A*AA to AAB). An EPQ is worth more than an AS-level (EPQ is 50% of an A-level, and AS-level is 40%), so if you get class time in school to do it (and want to do it) then I would suggest that. AS-level qualifications don't usually get taken into consideration by UK universities that care about actual grades (and not just UCAS points).
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