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I have applied to college to study Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and English Lit. I also wanted to do the EPQ. The course I want to get into at uni is really competitive and taking a fourth A-level/EPQ is recommended to help candidates stand out, however doing an EPQ won't lower grade requirements like in some other unis. The college said I would be allowed to keep all four subjects and do the EPQ, but I was wondering if it would be better if I only did 3 subjects along with the EPQ. Is an EPQ better than a whole A-level?
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Hey! I’m in year 13 and started with 4 a levels. I then dropped an a level and started my EPQ. I knew for the course I wanted to do they were only looking for 3 a levels and I found it really stressful within the first 2 weeks of year 12 doing 4 a levels. I ended up dropping out of EPQ at the beginning of lockdown as I couldn’t keep up with all my work as well as the EPQ but I think it’s a good thing to be able to talk about in your personal statement. It is an AS standard qualification meaning it has less UCAS points than another A level but it shows you want to learn around your subject and do extra reading to a huge extent.

Id say it depends on the degree you want to do as a science degree may want more a levels where a creative or social science degree might want to see that you can form your own opinions well and do a university-style assignment!

Hope this is helpful!
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Hi,I'm in year 13 and did my EPQ in year 12 from sep-feb and I got an A.EPQ is only equivalent to half of an A-level. If you can manage four A levels and do really well in them then you should do 4 its better than 3 alevels and epq. My friend did 4 alevels and epq but dropped it because it was too stressful. You should do 4 alevels. You could try the EPQ along with them and see how it goes- you can always drop it.
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