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Should I do an EPQ? Harry, London

 

Our Answer:

Completing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is great preparation for studying at university. The EPQ is a self-directed piece of research – it’s your chance to work on a topic or subject that really interests you. You’ll develop and be able to demonstrate skills that will add another dimension to you as a university applicant. These skills might also be relevant for your future career. These include planning and managing a project, monitoring progress and reporting on results.  

There might be some benefits as well. For some university courses, an EPQ can reduce your A Level offer and will give universities more flexibility at results time. 

Some universities also reward students who do an EPQ. For example, at UEA we have a scholarship that takes the EPQ into account – you might want to take a look as it might be something you want to apply for.

Have a look at this article on The Student Room that will give you a bit more information on what’s involved in taking an EPQ.  

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