Taking EPQ is uselessWatch
I personally didn't do it, but I imagine that if I spent half a year working on a robotics/machine learning project, it would certainly boost my personal statement for computer science/maths.
Same goes for other subjects, my friend in economics did some research on black markets and other areas of economics and my friend wanting to do Aerospace managed to design and build a mini wind tunnel, both of these things boosted their personal statements significantly.
I thought you don't write an academic report? You do it on a subject but do you really think a 16 or 17-year-old would take up all their time researching and purchasing books on that?
Yeah, to an extent. The EPQ is an opportunity to show how much you love the subject. I did my EPQ on something related to medicine and I used it as an example to show how interested I am in research. Also, the EPQ isn't a requirement so it falls under the 'super-curricular' category, which unis really like.
You're certainly entitled to that opinion. However, just because you think that, it doesn't make you right. My school and college were not private, my college was in an economically deprived area and actively encouraged people to take EPQ. Your opinion is based on nothing but class assumptions and conjecture.
Alright but if EPQ took up all your time because you're doing it on a subject you don't thoroughly know, would you just turn up to the interview with A-level results and an EPQ without any extracurricular activities? How are you meant to compete with the other applicants?
I mean, you have like 6 months or something to complete it. It's supposed to be a long(ish)-term project. You build your knowledge as you go along and reflect on it. That's the entire point of the EPQ (according to my sixth form). Personally, I only found myself giving a few hours a week at the start. This meant that there was plenty of time to do my extracurriculars. Unless your time management absolutely sucks and you procrastinate until the very last minute- I don't see how it'd be an issue.