How manageable is 4 A-Levels and an EPQ?

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hi, just wondering if 4 A-levels and an EPQ demands a manageable amount of work? or if it’s even worth it in the first place thanks
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Hi, it does depend on what subjects you take and entry requirements to unis (if that’s what you what to do in the future) as to whether it would be worth it. From personal experience, 4 a-levels is a lot of work. I think (correct me if I’m wrong) most unis prefer 3 really good A-levels opposed to 4 not as good ones. But if you think you can handle the workload, then you may want to consider. Doing an EPQ is useful as some unis will drop their entry requirements if you do well enough in it. Personally I was originally doing 4 a-levels and dropped to 3 and chose to do an EPQ instead. It gives me more time to enjoy myself and socialise and keep my mental health good.
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4 A-Levels and an EPQ. Does the 4 not include EPQ? You would need extreme levels of organisation in order to get a decent score in each of the subjects. I'd certainly say it's not worth it. You would not have any free periods whatsoever and it would be difficult to fit in extracurriculars, which universities would be looking for. But it's your choice in the end.
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hi, just wondering if 4 A-levels and an EPQ demands a manageable amount of work? or if it’s even worth it in the first place thanks
It's just a bit of a waste of time. 4 A levels aren't necessary for the overwhelming majority of courses anyway, and three plus an EPQ is a lot of work. Four and an EPQ is just silly, given your uni offer will be on three A levels. The extra A level and EPQ offer little extra.
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Doing an EPQ is useful as some unis will drop their entry requirements if you do well enough in it.
Do you have any evidence for that - or is it just anecdote?

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... and it would be difficult to fit in extracurriculars, which universities would be looking for.
Good universities don't give a stuff about extracurricular activities. It's supercurriculars which are important.
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hi! thanks so much yes I feel like 4 a levels would be a lot, and like you said I am wondering if perhaps really focusing all my energy on three will be better. And as for the eqp, I think that would really be just for supercurricular as I’m aiming for oxbridge and I don’t think they lower offers for epq, but I do think it will be worth it to do anyway. Just wondering what a levels you took/ take, what your results were and if you are at uni where do you go? thank u
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4 A-Levels and an EPQ. Does the 4 not include EPQ? You would need extreme levels of organisation in order to get a decent score in each of the subjects. I'd certainly say it's not worth it. You would not have any free periods whatsoever and it would be difficult to fit in extracurriculars, which universities would be looking for. But it's your choice in the end.
Hi, yes I am aiming for Oxbridge and I go to a school which highly recommends and supports taking 4 Alevels with the majority of sixth formers taking all 4, so the timetable would accommodate this and I don’t think that would be a problem. The EPQ would be on top on the alevels, and I we have extracurriculars built into the day. do you think it would be more realistic given this?
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[QUOTE=leonief;96012152]hi! thanks so much yes I feel like 4 a levels would be a lot, and like you said I am wondering if perhaps really focusing all my energy on three will be better. And as for the eqp, I think that would really be just for supercurricular as I’m aiming for oxbridge and I don’t think they lower offers for epq, but I do think it will be worth it to do anyway. Just wondering what a levels you took/ take, what your results were and if you are at uni where do you go? thank u [/QUOTE
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Hi, it does depend on what subjects you take and entry requirements to unis (if that’s what you what to do in the future) as to whether it would be worth it. From personal experience, 4 a-levels is a lot of work. I think (correct me if I’m wrong) most unis prefer 3 really good A-levels opposed to 4 not as good ones. But if you think you can handle the workload, then you may want to consider. Doing an EPQ is useful as some unis will drop their entry requirements if you do well enough in it. Personally I was originally doing 4 a-levels and dropped to 3 and chose to do an EPQ instead. It gives me more time to enjoy myself and socialise and keep my mental health good.
Hi I accidentally replied to you above haha hope you see it
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Good universities don't give a stuff about extracurricular activities. It's supercurriculars which are important.
I can’t quote what was directed towards me but yes, some universities do lower their entry requirements. For example Cardiff says explicitly on some of their courses that an EPQ will lower the entry requirements by a grade although they expect specific subject requirements to be met still.
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I can’t quote what was directed towards me but yes, some universities do lower their entry requirements. For example Cardiff says explicitly on some of their courses that an EPQ will lower the entry requirements by a grade although they expect specific subject requirements to be met still.
That's not evidence - it's anecdote. If you've got website links at Cardiff, then can you please post them up - otherwise it's just ill-informed opinion which neither helps the OP nor anyone else who might read this thread later
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I do 4 A-Levels and an EPQ and its really not that bad. EPQ isn't as much work as people make it out to be and really isn't equivalent to an AS level but it can be fun to do, which is why I did it. I was wanting to learn about this maths topic anyway so I just used my EPQ as an excuse to do that and get a grade out of it. 4 A-Levels is manageable but I do maths and FM so it's only really 3.5. 4 completely different ones may be a bit more challenging but nothing impossible if you genuinely enjoy all 4. Btw for subjects like CS, engineering, natural sciences and econ at cambridge you are really advised to do 4 and the majority of ppl that get in do 4. There are exceptions of course. Im applying for maths this year and although it certainly isn't required to do 4 for maths, I enjoy all my subjects and my EPQ and am doing well in all so why not take them all.
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That's not evidence - it's anecdote. If you've got website links at Cardiff, then can you please post them up - otherwise it's just ill-informed opinion which neither helps the OP nor anyone else who might read this thread later
I apologise here are some links:

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/unde...rchaeology-bsc

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/unde...midwifery-bmid

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/course...ree-msci#entry

As I said not every university will lower their offers for an EPQ but they are quite useful to talk about on a personal statement.
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I apologise here are some links:

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/unde...rchaeology-bsc

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/unde...midwifery-bmid

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/course...ree-msci#entry

As I said not every university will lower their offers for an EPQ but they are quite useful to talk about on a personal statement.
That's great - thank you
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It really depends what subjects your doing, for example, if your doing maths and further maths then that would be quite manageable. However, from personal experience even if your able to do four (without that combo) I'd advise against it that plus an EPQ. I tried that but ended up dropping down to three and an EPQ as you can do better focusing on three and four is unnecessary for any uni.
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