Outside interests sway university applications

A report released this week by education expert Alan Smithers suggests that as many as 35,000 students now complete the ‘EPQ’, or ‘Extended Project Qualification’, on top of their A level qualifications.

The EPQ, which counts for a half A level, allows students to take an in-depth look at an area of particular interest. The project, which must be undertaken with minimal supervision, can focus on any topic to which students are particularly drawn, and is now being used by many universities as a tie-breaker between equally qualified students.

This news comes as no surprise to the Bringing Words to Life team, who have seen that all students, regardless of age or level, engage best in work that interests them. That’s why we encourage everybody to write about their passions, as real learning can only take place through true focus and desire.

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