EPQ in year 13? Is it worth it?

  • 3 votes

I'm currently in year 12 & got told about the EPQ. My friends sister did it & got A*. I also heard it means unis may lower their entry requirement for you eg AAA to AAB. I really want to do law at uni & would like to know if I should go for it. I will drop an a level next year meaning I will only be doing 3 a levels. Any advice given will be appreciated. Thank you :o)

Posted Mon 24th June, 2013 @ 18:45 by Beanie96

8 Answers

  • 2 votes

I've finished my EPQ and I'm waiting for the grade at the moment. I did mine on a historical based subject (attitudes to German Jews from 1868-1885) and I can tell you that the research and writing process has really helped me develop in my subject. I was absolutely petrified about writing a 5.000 word essay but I feel so much more stretched having done this, and less intimidated. However, it does depend how your school teaches it - it was the first year that my school did it and they didn't really prepare us over the Summer holidays - whereas my mum teaches at one of our local grammer schools where they let the students research and use all of the summer holidays to get it done! I remember reading that it's meant to take around 120hours but the paperwork is really, really annoying. If you decide to do it, then jot down your notes for the paperwork throughout as it asks you the same question in about a million ways!!! Anyway I hope some of that was useful, if you have any more questions then email me (I'm still getting to grips with get revising but I'm trying - promise!). I'd recommend it if you want to feel more comfortable with your subject, and even though it is a good thing to have on your personal statement it's far too much work to write it solely for that. 

Answered Tue 25th March, 2014 @ 21:47 by Joanna_153
Edited by Joanna_153 on Tue 25th March, 2014 @ 21:50
  • 2 votes

I've done it, got an A*, but it doesn't really affect my uni entrance as it's not in the field I'm studying. ADVICE - IF YOU DO THE EPQ, MAKE IT RELEVANT

Answered Sun 1st June, 2014 @ 14:16 by Caitlin Brooker
  • 1 vote

You've probably already started school but I would say definately go for it. My school does both the EPQ and GPR and they saw a atudent get an offer to study law at warwick for ABB  but she took the GPR course and got and A*. It is worth the while

Answered Thu 19th September, 2013 @ 13:05 by Kelin
Edited by Kelin on Thu 19th September, 2013 @ 13:06
  • 1 vote

Definitely worth it! Good Unis such as Southampton and Sheffield lower offers - I've had an offer for History for Sheffield lowered from AAB to ABB if I get a B in my EPQ

Answered Sun 1st June, 2014 @ 21:15 by Hannah Smith
  • 0 votes

What is a EPQ? :)

Answered Sat 6th July, 2013 @ 21:41 by Sabrina_
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An EPQ is a lengthy process as my friend done it and only came out with a B. Yes it is good and on your application will look very significant but you see the amount of time it takes away from your actual levels is enormous so in my opinion I suggest you just focus on your actual a levels that you university actually want and what guarantee you an actual place at university. But if you think you can do it, go for it.

Answered Sun 16th February, 2014 @ 15:06 by Tanya96
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Top universities won't lower their entry requirements for an EPQ but they are always worthwhile if you want to show your interest in your subject, which is important. Also think of the skills you'd gain from it

Answered Sat 24th May, 2014 @ 08:33 by suga babe
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For the top unis it doesn't matter - some unis prefer 3 good a levels not soft subjects or extras

Answered Sun 4th May, 2014 @ 19:31 by kateemilyrose