If I do an EPQ on a non-academic subject, is it still respected by universities? Watch
I was thinking about doing my EPQ on video games because that’s what I enjoy to do in my free time however I wasn’t sure if this would be respected? I heard that universities prefer you to choose an academic subject that, preferably, links to your choice of degree. Can anyone help?
Whatever the subject you need to make sure your EPQ follows the specification and marks scheme. As long as it does, then you are golden.
You might miss the chance to look more focused in your ps or at an interview, but the subject you choose is fine.
If you want to talk about MarioKart, Call of Duty, Red dead redemption, then you can do so, but do it in an academic way.
Confused what you mean by "non-academic subject". Surely if you write about video games, you'd be doing it in relation to an academic field eg. economics, sociology, psychology, computer science etc.
There's plenty of ways to link video games to various academic subject areas and contexts. I'm skeptical whether you could do an EPQ (at all, much less whether it would be considered positively by universities) where you were just playing games, but I imagine you could do an artefact based EPQ where you created some small game or part of a game, or a more academic analytical approach looking at e.g. the economics and business of video games and gaming, or perhaps in different design methodologies or something.