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    Should I bother doing the EPQ (it will be classics based) next term? Looking to apply to Oxford, Exeter, Edinburgh etc and want to stand out of that makes sense? Do unis value it?

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    (Original post by _daisylynch)
    Should I bother doing the EPQ (it will be classics based) next term? Looking to apply to Oxford, Exeter, Edinburgh etc and want to stand out of that makes sense? Do unis value it?

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    Well I did the 5000 word dissertation in about a week and the rest the night before and got a B so yeah I guess it takes little effort
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    I'm doing an EPQ at the moment and I've been told it gives you something to discuss in the interview (given it relates to your chosen course at Uni but idk)
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    I think it's really valuable in showing your dedication for a subject and your willingness to be an independent learner, so considering the universities you want to apply to, I would recommend it.
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    Bit of a waste of time in my opinion. You should get into oxford because you are intelligent not because you do an extended project. As long as you get good grades it shouldn't matter and if you get bad grades focus on that not an extended project.
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    I doubt that it makes you a more attractive applicant in its own right, and the risk is that it might take time from your mastering your exam subjects. But as an optional extra, it does give you something to draw on for your interview outside of the A level curriculum. Oxford like opinionated interviewees - it doesn't matter if you are flat wrong about stuff, so long as you can argue about it. So if you choose a topic related to your application, it can be a handy extra resource.
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    (Original post by _daisylynch)
    Should I bother doing the EPQ (it will be classics based) next term? Looking to apply to Oxford, Exeter, Edinburgh etc and want to stand out of that makes sense? Do unis value it?

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    I did one based around chemistry. I don't think the fact I'd done it was particularly appealing to the university.

    I did, however, think it gave me a bit of structure and purpose to my wider reading around the subject. This wider reading proved useful for inclusion in my personal statement and discussion in interview (not so much at oxford, but at a couple of other universities)!
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    (Original post by _daisylynch)
    Should I bother doing the EPQ (it will be classics based) next term? Looking to apply to Oxford, Exeter, Edinburgh etc and want to stand out of that makes sense? Do unis value it?

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    If you're doing it to stand out, no. If you're doing it because you like the idea of researching a subject of interest beyond what you're taught in school, yes. You get out of the EPQ what you put in - it's utterly pointless if you're just doing it for the grade, but very valuable if you're doing it out of genuine interest.
 
 
 
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