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Hello, I am currently in trying to finalise, with my school, what A-levels I should take. I am also thinking about which degrees would best suit me and what I want to do later on in life. At present, I am quite eager about the thought of a Law degree at a top university.

My initial choices were English Lit, Biology and History along with and EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). I wanted to change my decision and take 4 A-levels (adding on Drama) while still keeping the EPQ so I wrote to my school to ask for this change. My school, however, have responded and said that I would not be able to take 4 and an EPQ as it wouldn't fit my timetable.

This means that I know have to choose between taking 4 A-levels or taking 3 and an EPQ.

Therefore my question to students perhaps studying Law or any degrees similar at top universities is would the EPQ boost my chances of getting accepted more than taking 4 A-levels?
(Should I take 4 or 3 with an EPQ?)

Any advice on the topic would be greatly appreciated!
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(Original post by Heptco)
Hello, I am currently in trying to finalise, with my school, what A-levels I should take. I am also thinking about which degrees would best suit me and what I want to do later on in life. At present, I am quite eager about the thought of a Law degree at a top university.

My initial choices were English Lit, Biology and History along with and EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). I wanted to change my decision and take 4 A-levels (adding on Drama) while still keeping the EPQ so I wrote to my school to ask for this change. My school, however, have responded and said that I would not be able to take 4 and an EPQ as it wouldn't fit my timetable.

This means that I know have to choose between taking 4 A-levels or taking 3 and an EPQ.

Therefore my question to students perhaps studying Law or any degrees similar at top universities is would the EPQ boost my chances of getting accepted more than taking 4 A-levels?
(Should I take 4 or 3 with an EPQ?)

Any advice on the topic would be greatly appreciated!
You only need 3 a levels
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You only need 3 a levels
Yes, I know that however I have been told that taking 4 shows universities that you can manage a heavy workload and can show a wide breadth of knowledge in general.
I was wondering whether it is better to take the 4 or to instead do an EPQ.
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Tbh I think you would boost your chances with 3 and an EPQ because you need 3 a levels and an epq is a really great way to your interest in law and it's something you could talk about in a personal statement and potentially interviews. Tbh you would lower your chances with 4 A levels since you could get a lower grade overall than if you just did 3 a levels, not assuming you would though but it's a possibility - A*AA is better than an AAAB. Since you wont know anything about law, you do need the time to do stuff to show your interest for it and 4 a levels are hard to put that in and you can learn more about law with an EPQ. 4 A levels is risky and I only suggest it if you are genuinely interested in all of them, not for any reasons like showings unis you can do 4 or anything like that. For law, especially the subjects dont really matter but more so the grades and interest in the course and obviously LNAT, which you will need time to practice and prepare for if you are going to an LNAT uni like Oxford or Bristol.
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Yes, I know that however I have been told that taking 4 shows universities that you can manage a heavy workload and can show a wide breadth of knowledge in general.
I was wondering whether it is better to take the 4 or to instead do an EPQ.
I believe that LSE and KCL, at least when I applied last year, do openly say they appreciate students who take an EPQ/4th AS. While it isn't necessary and obviously loads of students get offers with solely 3 core subjects, if you can handle it then go ahead.

I heavily would advise against doing 4 A-Levels unless one of them is FM. 3 A-Levels and an EPQ is perfectly impressive and there's absolutely no need whatsoever for 4 full A-Levels.
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