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I just posted some questions about EPQ but I've already got a few more!

1) Is EPQ marked by 'specialists' on the topic you're doing?

2) Is it important to do an EPQ on subjects related to what you study?
For example I'm thinking of doing an EPQ on Placebo Effect or something like that, but I do A-levels in Maths, Physics and Spanish, so they don't really go together. Will Unis care about the subject of your EPQ in relation to your A-levels, or mainly what grade you get?

Once again thanks.
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Most universities like to see that your EPQ question is based on your course, as it shows genuine interest and further reading, but I'm sure if they don't 100% link that's fine as it shows you have other interests too. Maybe you could try adding a mathematical aspect on your EPQ? You don't have to by any means but in terms of university, it might look good.
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(Original post by Benjidude)
I just posted some questions about EPQ but I've already got a few more!

1) Is EPQ marked by 'specialists' on the topic you're doing?

2) Is it important to do an EPQ on subjects related to what you study?
For example I'm thinking of doing an EPQ on Placebo Effect or something like that, but I do A-levels in Maths, Physics and Spanish, so they don't really go together. Will Unis care about the subject of your EPQ in relation to your A-levels, or mainly what grade you get?

Once again thanks.
Personally my EPQ was marked by my supervisor who just so happened to teach biology and mine was biomed based and it was also marked by another teacher within my college. May be different elsewhere but I would never say it's marked by a "specialist".

The issue of relevance depends on the university! I applied to Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle all of who had different requirements. For my course Newcastle accepted an EPQ on any topic, Sheffield accepted only EPQs related to the course and Leeds did not give an alternate offer for any form of EPQ. It varies a lot depending on uni and course so it'd be best to check out what they say on their websites (and email them about it if needs be).

Hope I've helped and anymore questions just ask!
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(Original post by sportyegg)
Most universities like to see that your EPQ question is based on your course, as it shows genuine interest and further reading, but I'm sure if they don't 100% link that's fine as it shows you have other interests too. Maybe you could try adding a mathematical aspect on your EPQ? You don't have to by any means but in terms of university, it might look good.
Yeah it's a good idea, although I think I'd struggle to incorporate maths into a 5000 word essay. But I will try looking for maths-related ideas anyway because you're right - it would go well with my A-levels
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No worries, good luck!
(Original post by Benjidude)
Yeah it's a good idea, although I think I'd struggle to incorporate maths into a 5000 word essay. But I will try looking for maths-related ideas anyway because you're right - it would go well with my A-levels
Thanks for your response
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Personally my EPQ was marked by my supervisor who just so happened to teach biology and mine was biomed based and it was also marked by another teacher within my college. May be different elsewhere but I would never say it's marked by a "specialist".

The issue of relevance depends on the university! I applied to Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle all of who had different requirements. For my course Newcastle accepted an EPQ on any topic, Sheffield accepted only EPQs related to the course and Leeds did not give an alternate offer for any form of EPQ. It varies a lot depending on uni and course so it'd be best to check out what they say on their websites (and email them about it if needs be).

Hope I've helped and anymore questions just ask!
Yeah this is a help thanks!
Just one more question if that's alright!
Do you think that the internet alone is a good enough resource to carry out research? Or do you recommend looking into books, podcast, news-articles, etc. for research, as well?
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Yeah this is a help thanks!
Just one more question if that's alright!
Do you think that the internet alone is a good enough resource to carry out research? Or do you recommend looking into books, podcast, news-articles, etc. for research, as well?
The internet is great for it! I found all of my resources on the internet. The thing is they have to be varied so use just the internet by all means but have many types of resources. You can find books, podcasts, documentaries, articles, blogs, journals, etc. online but do not just use websites. You lose marks for lacking variety and gain them for having it.
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(Original post by Benjidude)
I just posted some questions about EPQ but I've already got a few more!

1) Is EPQ marked by 'specialists' on the topic you're doing?

2) Is it important to do an EPQ on subjects related to what you study?
For example I'm thinking of doing an EPQ on Placebo Effect or something like that, but I do A-levels in Maths, Physics and Spanish, so they don't really go together. Will Unis care about the subject of your EPQ in relation to your A-levels, or mainly what grade you get?

Once again thanks.
No, your EPQ is not usually marked by a specialist, usually just your supervisor and moderated by other markers And no you can do your EPQ on anything you'd like however it might benefit you for the sake of your personal statement/interviews/extracurricular if you do it on something you wanna study at uni. From personal experience, I think unis care more about your grade than the content- i did physics, maths and geography and my offers were lowered if I got an A in epq
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