EPQs are quite a different way of working than you might be used to through your A Level, IB or BTEC studies. This is part of the reason for doing them – it helps you develop a range of really useful study skills. These include critical, reflective, problem-solving and independent learning skills, through the planning, research and evaluation of a self-selected project.
This process can help prepare you for further study, as independent learning is expected at university, but it is also a qualification in its own right and can obtain UCAS points. This might contribute towards the entry requirements at some universities, including the University of Birmingham (see below – How can an EPQ benefit a UCAS application).
Even where universities don’t include the EPQ in their offers, they will recognise the importance of independent learning and the value of this qualification as preparation for higher education.
It’s therefore great to include it in your personal statement, both to demonstrate your independent learning skills and also show your interest and academic enthusiasm for your subject. As your EPQ is unique to you, it can really help your personal statement stand out.
It’s also a rewarding process which allows you to develop your personal interests on a topic you feel genuinely passionate about.